Aha, now I have read it and know what you're talking about...this was the chapter where I got really pissed off with the author's self-righteous attitude. He blasts the Sims for their entire happiness based on materialism, and yet...for the rest of the book he himself is obsessed with celebrity, with the fake world; how different is that from materialism? Who is he to judge people who play SIMS (the fake life), when he devotes an entire chapter to Pamela Anderson (the fake woman)? But I guess it's media as a reflection of culture...and the self-righteous attitude grows on you after a while.I never did have Nintendo/Sega, but my dad is a software developer, so we always had computer games around that were educational--Creative Writer, Fine Artist, etc. Those, I think, did foster my creativity--I churned out newsletters for the Bald Uncles' Club (whose membership consisted of my Uncle Joe) and wrote voluminous stories.But I don't think that having Sega/Nintendo makes you less creative. It probably makes you better at problem-solving, depending on the game, or at least heightens your hand-eye coordination. Still, though, think about the kid down the street--how great at violin would he sound if he'd practiced violin in lieu of playing Mario Party? but if your heart's not in it, you shouldn't do it...he would've forsaken violin by now and hated his parents. Technology can be a force of good (Reading Rainbow, anyone?), or a force to shut your kids up while you're making dinner.My Latin teacher always made the interesting point of how we, as a society, are so appalled by the violence of the Roman colisseum...and yet we're still violence-obsessed, we just now have the technology where we don't *actually* have to kill people anymore. We have no qualms about accidentally taking out a hostage or 2 in a video game, yet we would (hopefully) be appalled by that in real life.I always thought the real danger to kids was parents who neglected them, or fought all the time, or set no boundaries, or set too many boundaries, or under-funded education. Not video games.And is SIMS bad? Compare it to porn, something else "vouyeristic"--porn is an idealized version of what we're supposed to look like and do, whereas SIMS (sounds, at least) heartbreakingly realistic (I sit in my own urine ALL THE TIME).
I think we agree. I tag you to write the first post for Chapter 4 (you might notice that I've already posted for the Real World Chapter). Love you. Scout is cocking her head at me like perhaps I am food. Or a good thing to head butt. Yeah. The second one.