How would you tackle this?
Recently I came across a ‘tech’ magazine at work which listed the top 100 games of all time. They listed WoW in at 37 (I think) and said that ‘It’s like Facebook for geeks’. Now by no stretch of the imagination are the editors of this mag hardcore gamers, relying instead on other people’s views of titles they haven’t played themselves. I’m not sure how they compiled that list either, as there were certainly some obscure titles of yore that made it in there which I’m pretty damn sure these guys haven’t played. I’ve met them a couple of times at local events so I can at least guesstimate their ‘nerd cred’. However, before I oversimply things like the Editor(s) has, let’s look at the issue at hand.
The issue is that some vaguely recognizable source of information grossly misstates something. People who read tabloids and paparazzi infested mags are all too familiar with this sort of BS. What about on a more personal level? Say in your circle of friends someone says something misleading about a particular thing you like. How do you correct them? Do your start arguing outright, calling out their ignorance of such things? Do you simply ignore their snarky remarks and move along? Or perhaps try reasoning with them and maybe explain, in simple terms, how they’re wrong about the subject?
Well, the answer depends on the type of person you’re dealing with and the type of situation you’re in I suppose. If that person has a strong influence over others, than I’ll reason with them before they ‘convert’ the others on the train of negative thought process.
So my answer to the above is simply that Facebook is a way to share your past experiences with others. This is done through photos, videos and commenting on your friends’ profiles. WoW on the other hand is about sharing that experience with your friends. In other words, Facebook is about telling friends what were the fun things you’ve done. WoW is about doing those fun things with your friends.
Both are, of course, a form of social interaction. ‘Geeks’ may prefer WoW and ‘Cam whores’ may prefer Facebook, but both of these mediums are just forms of socialising online. It depends on what platform you get the most satisfaction from.
These situations are a great source of amusement in real life. I’m amazed sometimes at how ignorant people are, and how much they’re influenced by the media (tv/ mags). One of the things I love about the interwebs is the sharing of knowledge and opinions amongst people. Can you imagine how fucked up the world would be if the next generation wasn’t as interconnected with each other around the globe as we are now? That it would be run by similarly narrow minded assholes who run the nations of today?
In conclusion: be greatful for the free porn.