I thought it was interesting that Barack Obama was criticizing the Xbox today:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Meanwhile, you’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations; information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.
I wonder what all those video game designers and liberal decision makers within the industry think about that, since the Obama campaign had no problem taking part in a “distraction” and a “diversion” when that diversion was…HIM:
Ads for Democratic politician Barack Obama are appearing in an Electronic Arts high-speed racing game. This appears to be the first time that a presidential candidate has bought in-game advertising…The ads will appear in the Xbox 360 version of the game in 10 states, most of them hotly contested: Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Colorado, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wisconsin.
Anyone who’s read this blog for some time knows that on many levels I agree with the President about the Xbox distraction conundrum. It’s just funny how he constantly talks out of both sides of his mouth without anyone in the mainstream media ever calling him out on it or insisting he clarify his position. The result: We now know it’s possible to get elected on soaring vagueness with a little help from the media.
With that said I also must admit that I agree with Madison Conservative that the power of video games to shape our culture has yet to be realized by Conservatives:
In recent years, conservatives have been trying to wrest Hollywood from the dominating influence of liberals, with arguably little success. Perhaps we’re looking at the wrong industry. When a pro-American movie comes out, often critics can analyze the hell out of it until they come to some erroneous conclusion that it’s some sort of veiled anti-war message. Perhaps that’s why Roger Ebert hates video games with such a passion; it’s damned near impossible to claim that a game is intended to make you feel bad about all these terrorists you’re putting down before they can kill you and your friends. Exactly how bad are you going to feel at the end when you gun down the guy whose wish was to kill or enslave millions of your countrymen? Just imagine if the game ended with the villain running in terror after hearing over the radio that the UN just enacted more sanctions on his country.
After the success of films like Life Free or Die Hard and Rambo, and with a Red Dawn remake on the horizon in the theaters, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the public enjoys stories about our troops triumphing over our enemies. Current events are certainly demonstrating that they haven’t given up trying to defeat us, either. I think it’s time we focused our, ahem, efforts on the medium that young people are really latching on to.
Conservatives need to harness the power of new technology, invest in young minds, and stop ceding the culture to the Funny or Die liberalism of Will Ferrell and his Hollywood community friends. Liberalism offers up plenty of lampoon-heavy real estate if the right conservatives are given a chance to enter the market. Trust me.
Update: It looks like you now can trust hotair on this one too.