"In Real Life" by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang, List 1 (Introduction)

Anda loves playing Coarsegold Online, and she discovers that she can make real money by hunting down the "gold farmers" who find valuables in the game and sell them to richer players. When she befriends a gold farmer, however, she learns that his real-life circumstances are much more complicated than she expected.

Here are links to our lists for the graphic novel: List 1 (Introduction), List 2
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  1. economics
    science dealing with the circulation of goods and services
    In Real Life is a book about games and economics.
  2. trivial
    of little substance or significance
    A lot of us pay attention to games, but think of them as trivial—mere amusements that help us fill the long, dismal stretch between the cradle and the grave.
  3. dismal
    causing dejection
    A lot of us pay attention to games, but think of them as trivial—mere amusements that help us fill the long, dismal stretch between the cradle and the grave.
  4. intimidating
    discouraging through fear
    As for economics, well, yeah, people think economics is important, but it's also one of those intimidating no-go areas that scares people away, despite the fact that economics—the study of why people do things, really—is the subject that has the most to say about the circumstances in which they find themselves.
  5. fundamental
    far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect
    That's not always good (thugs, bullies, racists, and loonies never had it so good), but it is fundamentally game-changing.
  6. corruption
    use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
    It's hard to remember just how difficult this organizing stuff used to be: how hard it was to do something as trivial as getting ten friends to agree on dinner and a movie, let alone getting millions of people together to raise money for a political candidate, get the vote out, protest corruption, or save an endangered and beloved institution.
  7. endangered
    in imminent threat of extinction
    It's hard to remember just how difficult this organizing stuff used to be: how hard it was to do something as trivial as getting ten friends to agree on dinner and a movie, let alone getting millions of people together to raise money for a political candidate, get the vote out, protest corruption, or save an endangered and beloved institution.
  8. activist
    a militant reformer
    When I was an activist in the 1980s, ninety-eight percent of my time was spent stuffing envelopes and writing addresses on them.
  9. uprising
    organized opposition to authority
    Movements like the Occupy movement and the Gezi uprising in Istanbul will be remembered as the tiniest tremors of what happens when people can organize more cheaply.
  10. tremor
    a small earthquake
    Movements like the Occupy movement and the Gezi uprising in Istanbul will be remembered as the tiniest tremors of what happens when people can organize more cheaply.
  11. diverge
    move or draw apart
    We diverged from our hominid ancestors when we started to divide up labor—you watch the kids, I'll watch for tigers, and that guy's going to go and forage fruit.
  12. hominid
    relating to a family of primate mammals that includes humans
    We diverged from our hominid ancestors when we started to divide up labor—you watch the kids, I'll watch for tigers, and that guy's going to go and forage fruit.
  13. forage
    collect or look around for, as food
    We diverged from our hominid ancestors when we started to divide up labor—you watch the kids, I'll watch for tigers, and that guy's going to go and forage fruit.
  14. implicate
    impose or involve as a necessary result
    The most modern part of our brains, the neocortex (the "new bark," which wraps around all the more ancient parts of our brains), developed around this time and is strongly implicated in managing our social relationships.
  15. literacy
    the ability to read and write
    Everything from language and literacy to corporations and countries are just structures for organizing human labor.
  16. tactics
    a plan for attaining a particular goal
    When you do a mass raid on some huge instance in an MMO (a massively multiplayer online game), the "game" isn't just killing the boss, it's figuring out how to convince a couple dozen of your friends to work with you, coordinating your schedules so that you can raid together, agreeing on tactics, even coming up with a chain of command and hammering out its legitimacy.
  17. legitimacy
    undisputed credibility
    When you do a mass raid on some huge instance in an MMO (a massively multiplayer online game), the "game" isn't just killing the boss, it's figuring out how to convince a couple dozen of your friends to work with you, coordinating your schedules so that you can raid together, agreeing on tactics, even coming up with a chain of command and hammering out its legitimacy.
  18. dreary
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    It's not surprising that gamespace has become a workplace for hundreds of thousands of "gold farmers" who undertake dreary, repetitive labor to produce virtual wealth that's sold to players with more money and less patience than them.
  19. arbitrary
    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference
    The structural differences between in-game play and in-game work are mostly arbitrary, and "real" work is half a game, anyway.
  20. abolish
    do away with
    The most amazing thing about the moment we're living through is the degree to which it allows us to abolish all the boring stuff that used to be required for any kind of ambitious project.
  21. ambitious
    requiring full use of your abilities or resources
    The most amazing thing about the moment we're living through is the degree to which it allows us to abolish all the boring stuff that used to be required for any kind of ambitious project.
  22. hierarchy
    a series of ordered groupings within a system
    Hierarchy and injustice are far from dead, but the justification for continuing them gets weaker with every passing moment.
  23. justification
    the act of defending or explaining by reasoning
    Hierarchy and injustice are far from dead, but the justification for continuing them gets weaker with every passing moment.
  24. principled
    based on or demonstrating morality or rightness
    All that is sweet was paid for, once upon a time, by principled people who risked everything to change the world for the better.
  25. iota
    a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
    Those risks are not diminished one iota by the net.

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