Thursday, March 22, 2007

Video Stimulation and Society, Part II

A short while ago I wondered about the long-term effects on society of high levels of video stimulation of society. I've spent some time researching this and have come up with blanks. What I'm sure of is that it is almost universally negative.

Despite occasional studies indicating no correlation between TV and social problems, the vast majority of them show that there are indeed links between TV and video games and problems in individuals. Obesity, violence and attention spans are the most common problems cited. I don't think those can be disputed.

What's missing is a picture of the future where almost all of the population has lived with many hours a day of video stimulation. What does the world look like when almost no one has a long attention span? What kinds of jobs will go begging?

I'm still muddling around with this one.

1 comment:

Kelly the little black dog said...

What kind of world you ask - sounds like the world portrayed in Idiocracy.