I have a Google search feed with the key words “video games education” in it because I have an interest in the use of video games for learning. What I find interesting, however, is that a certain portion of articles that come through this feed are not about that, but are about how video games are terrible in multiple ways. Among recent titles and pull-out quotes are these:
- With technologies such as the Internet, video games, television and iPods, it’s difficult to get together and spend some time with your family.
- Texting, video games, iPods, and Facebook have replaced playing, daydreaming, reading, and creating.
- US: Women gain in science while video games hold back boys
- I think alot [sic] of teacher really are doing there [sic] job but the parents got to get involve more instead of letting those kids watching tv,playing video games,etc
- Besides, they have a BETTER WORK ETHIC than a lot of lazy, ENTITLED American children with their video games, ipods, cell phones, and tvs in their rooms.
That last is from a comment on a protest by NJ teachers, who are potentially going to be laid off as a result of some severe cuts to education that Gov. Christie is proposing. I couldn’t find the comment he/she was responding to, but it’s pretty easy to guess what the substance of it was.
There’s a whole “kids these days” kind of tone to many of these articles, blaming them for their immersion in technology, sometimes blaming the parents. I was kind of glad to see tv thrown in there a couple of times, because often people regard television watching as superior to spending time online. I’d rather my kids play an online game for an hour than watch some of the stuff that’s on tv. Even though these articles are not what I’m looking for, I find they provide an interesting perspective on the portrayal of video games in the media.
And yes, I know it’s WoW Wednesday and I’ve been remiss in posting. I promise two more posts today, actually, a WoW one, and an exciting review. Stay tuned!