Is Jack Chick doing oppo research on Colleen Lachowicz?
Gaming may be mainstream, but it is evidently weird enough that Maine Republicans are attacking Colleen Lachowicz for being a World of Warcraft player.
It’s entirely possible that the site itself is performance art.
What’s not performance art is the fact that Lachowicz (a candidate for the Maine state senate) had to actually appear on CNN to explain the allegations against her.
This is a facet of both political culture and media coverage that’s increasingly bothered me.
Specifically: Just how far out of touch mainstream news organizations seem to be regarding video game related issues.
Everyone remember the nonsense over the Mass Effect non-troversy a couple years back?
What about the absurd chicken-littleism regarding Bulletstorm?
Or the fact that Jack Thompson actually had a public career as an “expert” about games…
In general we face a legacy media that seems absurdly out of touch with the reality that tens of millions of people play games regularly and even more play some sort of casual games. The constant chatter about video games as an art form, or the applicability of government regulations to purchasing “violent” games is just more icing on a cake of being out of touch.
Given the importance of electronic media consumption in the daily lives of Americans, the discourse really should be better when it comes to the place of virtual reality in our daily lives. A more robust public discourse, and perhaps more social sciences dedicating to exploring the relationship between our new media habits and our public policy is a must. However, so long as the present generation of decision makers remain in power, this is likely to remain a fringe topic in popular media.
I suppose public discourse will always lag behind the reality of popular culture.
Edit: I’ve been informed by a friend who is better informed on WoW than I that Lachowicz’s rogue build sucks ass. In this case the question should not be whether or not she can distinguish between fantasy and reality, but rather should be attack ads attacking her basic competence. I mean really, anyone who screws up a rogue build in an MMO shouldn’t be allowed near the levers of power.