There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

who are you? who, who? who, who?

From our earliest days we have this urge to put on alternative personas or engage in imaginary realities. I would savor pretending to be an astronaut. I would look forward to my buddies coming over in the afternoon to play a simulated war game with all our plastic m-16’s and silver-painted 6-shooters. The interesting thing about our generation is that technology has allowed us to indulge that preference for donning identities not our own and living vicariously in worlds we’ll never travel to. Does the explosion of media for catering to that need have any long-term effects? Here’s an article written in last month’s The New Atlantis about what our penchant for slipping into something a little more. . .whatever you want it to be, might be doing to us. What do you think?


  Lindsay wrote @

In college my best friend lived with 3 other girls who acquired an old-school Nintendo. They only had one game—Tetrus. At all hours of the day, someone would be playing, and everyone else would just gather on the couch and watch the other play (both mindlessly being entertained and waiting their turn). There’s both pleasure in vegging without thought for anything but Tetrus and wander about what we and they would have done had there been talking, activities, TV, etc. But it was actually really fun and funny.

I thought this article was fascinating and made it interesting to really wander how much virtual confidence and imagination spills over into real life. On one hand, by developing talent in anything, you gain confidence for the future, and certainly (as we grew up on fairy tales and were educated by a big bird)imagination is key to future pursuits. On the other hand, by not venturing outside your TV for such confidence and imagination, I wonder how you gain confidence as a real world, rough and tough, adventurer. Video games stimulate dopamine release, so maybe its just a high. Perhaps just the same escape as watching your favorite team win on ESPN.

I thought his opening remarks about identity were interesting in the external vs. internal seperation. Often I find myself gaining confidence or not in how the world sees me based on my numbers and resume. I don’t think God cares (except to see that I am working to glorify him and being financially responsible), and those things say nothing about my capacity to love others and Him.

  sophigirl wrote @

Great article! Thanks for posting it. I especailly enjoyed the fact that it raised more fundamental questions than just “are video games bad for you?”

But then – here we are, spending time in the virtual reality under an assumed name, with the power to create multiple personalities (here’s a though – to make up a blogger discussion with your multiple personalities!). Are we not the children of the system?

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