Joseph Wayne Matheny (born December 24, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American storyteller and artist who has created works using alternate reality gaming and transmedia storytelling methods, dealing with subjects of liminality and modern myth. He holds patents for prediction, recommendation, and behavioral analysis algorithms and software design. He is a published author of screenplays, white papers, technology, sci-fi, marketing, and gaming books. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. He is probably best known for the avant-garde work, Ong's Hat, which has been called the proto-Alternate Reality Game by academia, the mainstream, and alternative media. Ong's Hat is often cited as the first ARG on many List of alternate reality games.

Mack Maloney’s Military X-Files: ANGELS, DEVILS & THE MYSTERY OF ONG’S HAT

The gang talks to Bishop Ron Feyl-Enright about what’s really happening when people experience visions of the Virgin Mary. Also, a report on a mysterious ghost town in the middle … Continue reading Mack Maloney’s Military X-Files: ANGELS, DEVILS & THE MYSTERY OF ONG’S HAT

Augmented Reality Games, Interactive Narrative and the Documentary TV Series Hellier

Preview of presentation to be given by David Sweeney (@dktrdm Twitter), The Glasgow School of Art Fri, August 6, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT https://interactivefilm.blogspot.com/2021/07/augmented-reality-games-interactive.html Interactive Film and … Continue reading Augmented Reality Games, Interactive Narrative and the Documentary TV Series Hellier

The Math of Hunting Lions

Bibliography of papers on math & physics methods of hunting lions in the Sahara Desert. The fascinating history of identity and document spoofing by esteemed mathematicians with a wonderful sense … Continue reading The Math of Hunting Lions

QAnon, Ong’s Hat, and Robert Anton Wilson: Joseph Matheny discusses ARGs and conspiracy theories in the Internet era

When the QAnon movement began garnering more widespread attention a couple of years ago, a number of game designers pointed out the similarities between the ‘Q drops’ – and the … Continue reading QAnon, Ong’s Hat, and Robert Anton Wilson: Joseph Matheny discusses ARGs and conspiracy theories in the Internet era

Climbing Ong's Hat

Coming Soon: #Dragonsbread- Information Golem

Climbing Ong’s Hat https://www.patreon.com/posts/climbing-ongs-66053708 https://toowiarts.com/episodes/dragonsbread/information-golem From the editor at ToowiArts Ok, so I’m the person who looks at Mt. Everest and says, sure I can do that. I underestimate pretty … Continue reading Coming Soon: #Dragonsbread- Information Golem

Ong’s Hat: Is Princeton Opposed to Satire? The Ballad of “Jojo” Jayaditya Deep

Poe’s law is an adage of Internet culture stating that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, every parody of extreme views can be mistaken by some readers for … Continue reading Ong’s Hat: Is Princeton Opposed to Satire? The Ballad of “Jojo” Jayaditya Deep

Why Did This Entire Village of Scientists Disappear One Day?

Why Did This Entire Village of Scientists Disappear One Day?

About Thoughty2Thoughty2 (Arran) is a British YouTuber and gatekeeper of useless facts. Thoughty2 creates mind-blowing factual videos about science, tech, history, opinion and just about everything else.

If QAnon Is a Game, How Do You Stop Playing?

This is Part II of our look at QAnon. Click here for Part I. As part of the NYU/StartEd New Media Accelerator, we are joining with faculty from the NYU Carter Journalism Institute … Continue reading If QAnon Is a Game, How Do You Stop Playing?

Joseph Matheny Appears on How Conspiracy Theories Become Violent | Truth Hurts | VICE

I made an appearance on VICE’s Truth Hurts series discussing the danger of right-wing conspiracy cults and why this is not a new phenomenon. What’s the difference between someone who’s … Continue reading Joseph Matheny Appears on How Conspiracy Theories Become Violent | Truth Hurts | VICE

The Red Pages Podcast: Episode 154: Chatting with Joseph Matheny

Justin sits down to talk with ARG pioneer Joseph Matheny about politics, conspiracy theories, games and the future of America. Link to show page: http://redpagespodcast.com/listen/chatting-with-joseph-matheny Haps Discussed: Independent art production, marginal … Continue reading The Red Pages Podcast: Episode 154: Chatting with Joseph Matheny

Interdimensional Travel and the Legend of Ong’s Hat

Interdimensional Travel and the Legend of Ong’s Hat

LINK TO ORIGINAL STORY In recent years, the idea that there are other dimensions lying side by side with our own has come out from the realm of science fiction … Continue reading Interdimensional Travel and the Legend of Ong’s Hat

Right Where You Are Sitting Now: Authoring Reality with Joseph Matheny

  LINK TO SHOW: http://sittingnow.co.uk/episode-51-authoring-reality-with-joseph-matheny/ This week Ken sits down with our old buddy Joseph Matheny. Joe is an innovator in the ARG space and is well known for his … Continue reading Right Where You Are Sitting Now: Authoring Reality with Joseph Matheny