Attention all 20-30 year olds: the card game you grew up loving is now available on your smartphone. Pokemon has gotten a make-over and people are going crazy over it.
Released on July 6 Pokemon Go has adults reliving their childhood, but at what cost. Since the games’ release, there have been a number of attacks and peculiar incidents. On July 14, two North San Diego County men fell off a bluff while playing the game. One of the men fell nearly 50 feet and was knocked unconscious while the other fell 75-100 feet, said Battalion Chief Robbie Ford of the Encinitas Fire Department. Both men suffered moderate injuries and were taken to area trauma centers.
Further north, in Anaheim, a player was stabbed by a group of men in a park. The victim who is in his 20s, was playing the game around 12:30 am when he encountered a group of men. Anaheim police sergeant Luis Correa said five to six men, ranging in age from teens to 20s, attacked the man and stabbed him several times. The motive for the attack is still unclear, however the group did not lure the victim into the park. The man had non-life threatening injuries.
The bizarre incidences don’t stop there. Pokemon Go users have also been robbed and carjacked while out playing the game.
People need to realize their lives are not worth catching a fictional character. To those who wish to relive a game that they once held dear to their heart I say catch em’ all, but please be careful! The game leaves people unknowingly vulnerable and in harms way. Just today I was driving through my town and saw a man barely miss being hit by a car all because he was trying to catch a Pokemon. I understand it’s an exciting blast from the past, but be sure to always be aware of your surroundings when playing.
The app has taken a couple of steps to help prevent the above scenarios with their latest updates, which include safety warnings.
While peering into the lives of people in far off, almost surreal places and tuning in to the expressive narration of a sharply dressed news anchor, we’re all hopelessly entranced by a troubling modern phenomenon. We don’t necessarily have a keen eye for the important – we have a thirst for the dramatic. With the click of a button, I now expect to be warmly greeted by the mesmerizing smile of one of CNN’s absurdly attractive spokespeople. The top story – most likely a shamelessly dramatized natural disaster or grisly crime. Hour after hour, the rest of the world’s events are banished to thin, barely readable captions running along the very bottom of our screens.
Interviews with carefully chosen victims (perhaps others’ accounts aren’t as “gripping”), stories of amazing escapes, and edited, slow-motion clips of chaos absorb the attention of America’s top news network for days on end, until the “hype” subsides. Grave events are suddenly made to look like a box-office hit – a source of shock and entertainment. A cheapening of reality inevitably occurs. People’s privacy and dignity are rarely preserved in times of such televised disasters.
As we know, the media is anything but objective. Its status as a source of information is often confounded by its distasteful handling of stories that are especially sensitive. At a point, it becomes unclear whether viewers are empathetic or simply fascinated by cataclysmic events. How is it that we so often complain of political bias in the news, but we remain ignorant of the kinks in the very fabric of Western media culture? We don’t know any better. From early childhood, we have been conditioned this way. Through the media’s eye, we gain a glimpse of Hollywood – a world based on entertainment value.
No matter our disposition, those of us who grace buzzing college campuses across the United States have the opportunity to alter the social climate. When we slip out of the uncomfortable heat of May and shed the cocoon of the cap and gown, we take on the role of professionals – independent parts of a complex mechanism. We have to gain awareness of our tendencies and occasionally pose some questions. Ignorance is a threat to our generation. Our second life – the one behind the screen – is a crucial part of modern self-discovery.