Project #82122 - Language Analysis Essay

 

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This opinion piece appeared in The Age on May 31, 2012. Garside’s opinion piece was written in response to an article which outlined the negative and addictive effects of video gaming.   Don't put down my tech on life 

Mitchell Garside                   May 31, 2012 

Opinion 

WITH every new gadget, fad or media form there is an inevitable chorus of doomsayers who will proclaim from the rooftops that this will be the one that destroys our society, our manners, our grammar, our attention spans, our relationships or our work ethics. They'll insist there's something wrong with people, especially the youth of today, who spend all their leisure time on their varied screens. We're called technophiles, addicts or worse by respectable publications and much less complimentary terms in the less respectable. We get it, you don't like this new technology, you're worried about its effects on your children. Study X, survey Y, they all say ''danger'' and so on. 

I'm writing in defence of these poor maligned technologies that cop endless flak in opinion pages, dubious ''studies'' and even heckles on this very page. By all means continue to look into the possibility of harmful effects that come from the new, but please stop labelling and stigmatising those of us who embrace it, who ''like'' it, who love it. And try to realise the distinction between what is bad for society and what is bad for the status quo. I'm sick of being told that video games are turning me into a violent automaton by those who, in the same breath, will tell me to go outside instead and play sports that involve assaulting other guys for two hours while trying to move a ball. I ask you, who gets into more bar fights? Gamers or footballers?  

I'm sick of being told about the way Facebook is apparently trivialising my relationships, when it's merely a tool for me to maintain a wider group of friends than I otherwise could and easily organise events without the need for endless phone calls. And you know what, iPod bashers? I didn't really want to talk to people on the bus to begin with! 

I love the internet, TV, video games, my mp3 player and my smartphone. These things have brought me happiness and joy in my life. Don't go around telling people the things that make them happy are ''unfulfilling'' or trivialise people like me saying that we aren't ''really happy''. How on earth would you know that in any case? 

Living in a free society means we can pursue what makes us happy so long as it doesn't interfere with the happiness of others. Some people are happy being on bushwalks, writing letters or playing sports and get nothing out of Facebook, video games or TV. Some people are happy playing video games in their leisure time. Try to respect that as you would a bushwalker, a footy enthusiast or a knitter.  

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