About Mark

I’m Mark Sample, an Associate Professor and Chair of Digital Studies at Davidson College, a liberal arts college located just north of Charlotte, North Carolina.

My teaching and research focuses on digital culture, electronic literature, and videogames. You can find my current CV online.

My most recent work combines creative coding with critiques of digital culture. There’s Ring™ Log, which is an experiment in speculative surveillance. Then there’s Two Emoji: A Modern Epic of Love and Betrayal, which is a playful look at storytelling through emoji.

My most recent book project is 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, a collaboratively written exploration of creative computing and the Commodore 64, which was published by MIT Press in November 2012.

Between 2010 and 2014 I was a regular contributor to ProfHacker, a feature at the Chronicle for Higher Education that focuses on pedagogy and scholarly productivity. From 2010 to 2012 I wrote for Play the Past, a collaboratively edited scholarly blog that explores the intersection of cultural heritage and games.

These days I spend most of my time teaching, advising students, writing, coding and creating neticism—criticism of the net, on the net. You can find me online at samplereality.com or on Twitter as @samplereality.

If you’re really curious, you can read the Breakfast Edition of About Mark.