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posted 8/24/2006 8:37:52 PM |
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I had this long, thought out, blog prepared in my head concerning the advancement in technology and the effect it has on life as we know it(real adultmatchdoctor material but I don't think I have it in me today. (stressfull week)

But I will touch on a few things I read in a recent SI article that I found interesting.

The article, called Imitation of Life (by Jeff MacGregor), touches upon the release of Madden NFL '07 on Aug 22 and how it symbolizes how people today are dulled to the realities and impact of actions that are simulated in one way or another.

We press a button in a game and we complete an 80 yrd touchdown pass......we press a button in real life and we destroy a city and all who live their....

Basically he states that "without real-world consequences, video games (while making us smarter by increasing our problem-solving skills) make us no smarter emotionally, and intellect unleavened by empathy is the empty triumph of the technocrat".

He equates football with war in that "both are an unforgiving calculus of physical violence. Deliver more pain than you absorb and you're likely a winner" "Take the violence out of football, erase the pain given and taken, reduce the grunt and the struggle to a push of a button, eliminate the magnificrnt inconsistancies of the human heart and it's capacity for courage and cowardice, and the game, the war, is no more than a fast-twitch exercise--a battle fought without personal cost. It is cause without effect, a victory only for technology and the opposable thumb."

"From the Midwest to the Middle east we inhabit a world where too many of us have already detached action from consequence and rationality from empathy."

This article really caught my attention and I thought I'd share the finer points to those of you who are interested..............feel free to post your opinion or thoughts...


p.s. I know this doesn't on the surface relate to this site but in a broader spectrum let us remember that though our communication is mostly through typed words onto an unfeeling screen, we are typing to those with feelings and thoughts of their own. So keep it real, keep it honest, and keep it fun for all..........

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