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I don't do this very often...so please bear (or is it bare?) with me. We interrupt this normally scheduled blog for a gamer rant.
I’ve been around long enough to know there are certain
topics you just don’t talk about.
The problem with debating these topics is…it almost always
leads to a heated argument, which in turns escalates to an all out war of words
on the virtual battlefield. People are passionate about these topics and
possess strong opinions when they are mentioned.
I normally try and stray away from anything remotely similar
to these subjects in my blogging. That’s why I like talking about video games.
It’s much harder to fuel a frenzied response from fellow gamers.
That being said…I get a little annoyed when the politicians
attack gamers…especially when the attack consists of rather vague comments and
Now I’m not going to say who is responsible for saying this.
If you read or listen to the news, then you’ll probably already know. And I DO
NOT want this to turn into a political debate, so please…if you choose to
respond, choose your words carefully.
"You're coming of age
in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and
exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that
high on the truth meter…with iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations…information
becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool
of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation…"
This is politics at its worst (or best, depending on how you
view it). Both sides are guilty of this or similar tactics, so while it might
be a particular person or party this time, give it time (and not very much at
that) and it will be someone else from the other side.
Now I’m just an average guy of average intelligence. I read
this quote and I think I understand what it means.
“With iPods and iPads
and Xboxes and PlayStations…information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a
form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means
Here’s my translation…
Music and Video games are bad.
If that was indeed the point…it’s careless, unwarranted, and
simply...false. At the very least, it’s hypocritical. It doesn’t take a rocket
scientist or PhD to see the duplicity in this logic.
I drew some critical responses to a blog I published not too
long ago that delved into a topic somewhat related to politics and the current
administration’s suggestion to create a video game to emulate balancing the
budget with the goal of giving the “players” an insider view of the
difficulties and challenges faced by those in D.C. tasked with counting the
If I recall, I wasn’t nearly as concerned with the game
(although I did think it was a bad idea) as I was with the hypocrisy of
suggesting video games are bad but then spending government funding on
When will the politicians…not the left or right…but the
majority of them…wake up and realize We the People really does mean…We the
I also published a blog not too long ago about statistics. I
won’t dredge up all the details, but suffice it to say that nearly 75% of homes
in the United States
have some type of gaming system.
Are 75% of us really being distracted or diverted from being
empowered and free?
And if so, from what?
I would like to know how my Xbox 360 is keeping me from
Bah…this is exactly why I don’t like blogging about
politics…the elitists who think they know everything and are better than “We