Finally, an App to Diagnose Stupid

by Brad Nelson7/14/16

You know me. I’m actually a live and let live sort of guy, which why I oppose the Nazis and New Hitler Youth of the Left. These are not let-live types of people.

So far be it from me to fuss about someone else’s fun, no matter how stupid. But the new Pokemon Go app is a new measure of stupidity, and yours truly is at ground zero because apparently there is a monster in my parking lot. My office building has been designated as a place where Pokemon creatures hang out and can be captured.

As the fill-in for Rush, Mark Belling, said today, and I paraphrase, “This used to be the kind of behavior induced only by psychedelic drugs.”

I started noting people last Saturday stopping in the street next to the office — in cars and on foot — twiddling with their phones. I finally asked one fellow among the dozens what he was doing and he generally explained what Pokemon Go was. And it was so vacuously stupid I didn’t have the heart but to just nod my head and say “Thank you.” Is it even possible to insult such a person? And if I did, someone of such fragile taste and bearing would no doubt be crushed, no app being able to restore his withered sense of self-esteem.

I’m going to leave it up to you to Google the details of the app. As someone said, at least it’s getting some of these people out of the house. But to chase virtual monsters that exist only in a computer?

No wonder we have Obama. Reality no longer matters. But this fad is particularly stupid. Some said the hula-hoop was a stupid fad. But at least it required physical activity and a certain amount of skill. And, besides, it was just good clean fun — fun that didn’t resemble losing your mind.

To all those using the Pokemon Go app who are older than 12, you are an idiot. And 99% of the people I’ve seen playing this are in their late teens or older. I’m all for playing computer games. I “get” virtual reality. But virtual reality was always about the reality being virtual, not pretending that monsters actually are running around outside in people’s parking lots and businesses to the point that you are burning gas to try to capture them. Mark Belling was even noting that people in church and at the Vietnam Memorial were being intruded upon by these idiots.

And here I thought that today’s yutes were concerned about spending their energies ending racism, sexism, homophobia, in bringing world peace, saving the planet, or whatever. Of course, I never believed any of that. It was just a narcissistic, reality-starved generation playing pretend. And so unreality such as Pokemon Go is a natural (I should have been able to predict it) for the pretend generation for whom reality is whatever it pleases them to think it is with “think” certainly being optional.


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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12 Responses to Finally, an App to Diagnose Stupid

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    A couple of days back, I read that something called Pokemon Go added US$7-8 billion overnight to the stock value of the company which had just released the app. Is that a pathetic commentary on the state of the world, or what?

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I’m thinking of doing a graphic that says “Pokemon Monster Lives Matter.” Maybe that will put an end to this. Problem is, that would be me investing time into this craze. I’ve done my rant. I’ll let it go. But it’s very pathetic to see yutes do stupid crap like this. Ride a bike. Build a model airplane. Go visit the elderly in a nursing home. There are a thousand good ways to use your times. This is completely vacuously insane.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    I remember hula hoops — we got them back when they were a fad. I don’t know what happened to ours after they stopped being a fad. They may well have been carried along for several moves (like the crab nets we got in Galveston and never used again). Bit as you say, they did at least provide a bit of exercise (and even a version of an actual dance, the hula, hence the name). I expect they were also relatively cheap, but I have no idea how much Pokemon Go costs. I recall MAD Magazine doing a piece on their maker trying to sell them for other purposes (such as offering 5 as Olympics symbols).

  3. GHG says:

    I’m waiting for the Pokemon Stop app.

  4. Lucia says:

    This is a symptom of boredom. The under 25 group has had it too easy for too long and don’t feel the need to grow up yet. What a waste…

    • Rosalys says:

      And perhaps a better indicator of the state of the economy and jobs market than government “statistics.”

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Yep. That’s a large part of this, Lucia. It’s the Peter Pan syndrome. Had Nintendo invented an app where you tag real illegal aliens and send their GPS coordinates to INS, then they might have something useful. But that’s not going to happen.

  5. Rosalys says:

    “These are not let-live types of people.”

    The Destroyers just can’t leave people alone.

    “…I didn’t have the heart but to just nod my head and say ‘Thank you.’”

    A good thing! I suspect that any attempt to get someone (on the left) to face reality would be considered a hate crime, and you could be facing 4 months of “community service” for your horrendous mis-deed.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Had Nintendo invented an app that caused yutes to:

      + Pick up trash for points

      + Bring flowers to the elderly in nursing homes for points, or

      + Learn a new Boy-Scout-like skill such as Morse Code for points

      Then I would be all for it. I would bow to the convergence of the commercial and the benevolently practical.

      But what they’re doing is dehumanizing. It’s utterly pointless and unproductive. I don’t rail against the “big corporations” like others, but it’s funny how the Left does and yet look at the swarms of yutes out there being driven like mindless drones by “big corporations.”

      I probably should have told the yute, “Son, you should be necking with your girlfriend or working at a job, not trying to collect imaginary monsters on your phone.” I wasn’t so much afraid of some bogus Human Rights Commission citing me for hunting down and destroying a kid’s self esteem (using my phone or otherwise). It was just so pathetic. I don’t like piling on. You have to wonder if kids such as this even have a father although I saw fathers driving their younger kids around in cars to hunt these unreal Pokemon monsters.

  6. Gibblet says:

    Brad, have you thought of stocking a cooler with Monster beverages and opening a concession stand?

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The most productive comment on this subject so far. What a great idea. I bow to your practical (and free-market) wisdom. I would, of course, charge them $2.50 for a virtual Monster beverage. A real one would cost $3.00.

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