READING VS VIDEO GAMES TIME MARCHES ON

March 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm 1 comment

If you own one of those new watches that does EVERYTHING, even tell you the time, you have wrapped around your wrist more computer power than went on the first trips to the moon.

I have witnessed the birth and development of the home computer, a presence today in the modern home almost as common as a fork or knife.  One fact that constantly amazes me, perhaps because I reside in the population of the well-seasoned is what I find to be the primary use of these machines.  That observation is what prompted the birth of this piece.

When we read, one of my favorite pastimes, whether it is fiction or nonfiction we; our mind, our imagination, created the setting of the story, ‘sees’ the story take place.  In my opinion, the more we read the more ‘muscles’ our imagination develops.  And the more you read the more satisfying the experience becomes.  That is my opinion.  I cannot speak for anyone else.

The following is pure conjecture and I hope my young readers will correct me if they find fault with what follows.

We are constantly told that the youth of today do not read as much as the youth of the past.  Today there is a host of activities to keep the mind occupied.  One of these modern marvels is the video game.

I must admit that I have dabbled with the media with my girls when they were young, but an interest never developed.  Recalling my limited exposure, the imagination did not come into play.  The story line was presented to you visually.  It was more or less as if you were watching a television program which you controlled.  Your imagination did not grow any ‘muscles’, only your thumbs.  Are we raising a generation which lacks the wonder of what an active imagination can provide?

These are the thoughts of a well-seasoned citizen.  My youthful readers, am I wrong?

Entry filed under: OBSERVATIONS & OPINIONS, Walt Trizna, WALT'S OBSERVATIONS, WALT'S OPINIONS. Tags: , , , .

MY WRITING STYLE VISIONS OF GERARD BY JACK KEROUAC

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  • 1. mactavish14  |  March 30, 2014 at 3:18 am

    ooo! Maybe THAT’s why I never got into video games, either. I like games, but I could never “lose myself” in gaming. I’ve escaped the media! woohoo!

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