Things tend to come at us fast these days. Recently, I’ve been noticing comments on social media about Pokemon-Go. I didn’t pay too much attention to it. I just thought there was a resurgence of the old Pokemon game that was popular back in the 90’s. My curiosity prompted me to even ask my Sunday school class yesterday what was all this Pokemon business about. My class is primarily made up of members in my age group (baby boomers). They didn’t have a clear understanding of what all the hoopla was about either
I pride myself on being current on a lot of things that are going on in popular culture. I spend a considerable amount of time on the internet each day. I’m a member, in good standing in the Facebook community and I’m a fairly regular tweeter. I also know a bit of high tech/computer lingo. I must admit, however, that I had no clue what all of this Pokemon-Go business was about until I read a newspaper article this morning.
It seems the new fan dangle Pokemon-Go game has broken records for popularity after having been out for public consumption only a few weeks. The game seems to capture the very consciousness of the player while it merges the virtual with the real. There have already been reports of brain-captured players wondering into traffic, as they’re enticed to follow leads to some location where who knows what waits, virtually speaking of course.
It is somehow strange that during a time in our country when there is violence in the streets, when we are in need of healing of every kind, people are mesmerized by a video game on their cell phones. Karl Marx is known for saying that religion is the opiate of the masses. He didn’t live during our times. It seems cell phones and whatever the latest app available for downloading onto them have taken that honor.