by Brad Nelson 7/14/16
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.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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