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Paper: David T. Courtwright, "Learning from Las Vegas: Gambling, Technology, Capitalism, and Addiction"

By David G. Schwartz on June 12, 2014 10:46 AM | Permalink

The latest in the Occasional Paper Series has been posted:

Paper 26: June 2014
David T. Courtwright, "Learning from Las Vegas: Gambling, Technology, Capitalism, and Addiction"

ABSTRACT: Gambling has always led to addictive behavior in some individuals. However, the number and types of addicted gamblers have changed over time and in response to specific gambling environments. Recent work by historians, journalists, and anthropologists, reviewed in this paper, suggests that the situation worsened during the modern era, and that it has become worse still during the last half century. Technological, organizational, and marketing innovations have “weaponized” gambling, increasing both the likelihood that people will gamble and that they will gamble compulsively—a phenomenon with parallels to several other consumer products, including processed food, digitized games, and psychoactive drugs.

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UNLV Gaming Podcast 52: David T. Courtwright

By David G. Schwartz on May 9, 2013 5:11 PM | Permalink

The latest podcast is up:

52-May 9, 2013
David T. Courtwright
"Learning from Las Vegas: Addiction, Limbic Capitalism, and Pleasure Meccas"
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Courtwright (Presidential Professor, Department of History, University of North Florida) discusses three overlapping features of modern history: the global spread of potentially addictive pleasures, limbic capitalism (the production of goods and services that stimulate pleasure and emotional responses in the brain), and the rise of pleasure meccas. He traces the economic, social, technological, and ideological changes that led to the rise of the meccas, and several potential challenges to them.

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