Monday, May 28, 2012

Despite All Your Rage, You're Still Just a Rat in a Cage

Here's a funny and emerging meme - the modern video game as Skinner Box.  It's silly and more than a little creepy at the same time.  First, this whip-smart piece on Cracked, and now the latest Game|Life podcast.

Mash the button, get your sugar pellet.  Don't get electrocuted.  Rinse, repeat.  This is what government, corporations, and the entertainment industry thinks of you - a brainless lab rat with a credit card.  You're being bred and conditioned into an existence as a machine, straight out of Huxley and Orwell.  You should be concerned about this.  You are not a lab rat.  Stop behaving like one.

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