Pokemon Go This

IMG_8955If I understand it correctly, the children (of all ages, horrifyingly enough) playing this game are “capturing” virtual cartoons in “real life.” I can’t say I see the appeal. There is entirely too much life to explore in this life, on this world, in this neighborhood.

You can’t see the detail in the picture here, but it’s summer and that means multiple species of dragon- and damselfly, half a dozen butterfly species, bees of all sorts, one being eaten by a Eastern Kingbird, and much more, not to mention the plants, plants, plants!flowers

4 Responses to “Pokemon Go This”

  1. 1 Susan July 17, 2016 at 11:19 am

    You’re right Matthew. There is so
    much beauty all around us, here and now.

  2. 2 Paul Lamb July 18, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Pokemon Go is being credited with getting the basement lurkers out into the real world (for a virtual quest) and not only giving them actual exercise but cause for social interaction. (Seriously. Mental illness advocates have promoted the “sport” as a treatment for some conditions of social impairment.) Perhaps once they’ve spent some time out among others and nature, they will come to appreciate the wild more than they thought they might. At the very least, the added sunlight will possibly improve their levels of vitamin D.

    • 3 mthew July 18, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Not invalid points. But I’d like to see some efficacy measurements on all this anecdotal hopefulness.

      The flip side is that nature will just be seen as just another arena for corporate-driven entertainment. Evidence suggests this will not be beneficial.

      Meanwhile, everyone playing is essentially telling a corporation every move they make. This might be fine for the app-saturated adult (although I don’t think it is) but it can’t be good for children.

  3. 4 Hazel July 29, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    “I can’t say I see the appeal. There is entirely too much life to explore in this life, on this world, in this neighborhood.”

    I thought the same. I’d rather go watch real wildlife!

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