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Comment Re:The real problem (Score 1) 351

Basically, he's assuming that we are all mindless zombies with no choice but to imitate anything we see on a screen
You know, I generally agree with most of your post, but have you been outside anytime in the last 30 years or so? Most people are mindless zombies that imitate everything they see on a screen. Advertisers (among others) count on it.

I think Thompson severely overstates the effect of video games relative to other influences, but insofar as they're part of a culture that associates violence with joy, yeah, they probably have some effect. People are produced by a culture as much as they produce it. Where Thompson becomes an insufferable jerk is that he doesn't consider any other influences. He takes a cop killer and reduces their lives to one factor: they played GTA. It's ridiculous.

I do think it's weird, though, that people who get the most out of video games, people who will talk glowingly of the immersive qualities of video games, who will spend hours playing them, who develop fond memories of events that occured inside the game, nonetheless reject the notion that those experiences could also affect them in a negative way. I think video games have tremendous positive potential to help us reconceptualize who we are and frankly, our place in the world. But, I think we should recognize that there's a negative potential as well.


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sneakers563 writes: On Saturday, the New York Times (subscription required) ran an article pointing out that replacing the integrated battery on the iPhone requires the entire phone to be sent to Apple, much like the iPod. The article estimates that heavy iPhone users will need the battery replaced in as little as 1-2 years. When the author contacted Apple and asked how they were going to handle battery replacement, Apple's public relations department replied, "With up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of internet use, 7 hours of video playback, 24 hours of audio playback and 10 days of standby time, iPhone's battery life is longer than any other smartphone." With increasing numbers of young, tech-savvy users discarding landlines and relying entirely on their cellphones, will the loss of the cellphone for 2-3 weeks for battery replacement be a serious issue?

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