NICNOTE: The poll closes May 29th…
It used to be known as “TV-turnoff week”, and it was probably easier back then to only have to give up TV. Now, the challenge is to give up your addiction to all screen devices. The official dates for SCREEN-FREE WEEK in 2013, are from April 28th to May 5th. I got to say, it’s a tall order. I’m actively looking for a new job, so in my case I can’t afford to not check my emails. But I do plan on going at least “TV and video game free” starting tomorrow, and for the rest of the week. I’ll be posting my impressions once the challenge is over.
One might wonder why I might encourage my readers to drop off the grid for a week, because at the same time, I’m reducing the potential amount of visitors I get to this site. I figure this is probably the main reason the mainstream media doesn’t talk about this campaign much. But technology4democracy isn’t about popularity, it’s about principles. Media addiction is real, and it’s especially a problem for some people. I believe the electorate needs to be more media-savvy, and campaigns that promote awareness of the pitfalls of mass-media, should be encouraged.
I cannot think of anything sadder than people who voluntarily sign up to receive a modern-day equivalent of the Ludovico Technique. ( see image below )
For those who missed “A Clockwork Orange”, the Ludovico Technique is a ghastly sci-fi medical procedure that uses drugs, media, and as you can see, eye-clamps, in a vain attempt to reform criminals.
So in conclusion, please go ahead, take off your metaphorical media-clamps for a week, and see how it feels, I dare [ YOU ] !
POST-EVENT-UPDATE: I gave it a shot, and in my case Screen-free week was a total failure. During that week, not only did I watch tv and movies, and play videogames, I also signed up for a new cel phone, as well as moved into a new pad that comes with cable tv. So yeah, a total bust! :(
******* UPDATED APRIL 28TH *******
Niceness saves the day! Thanks to everyone who participated!
See [ YOU ] on the 20th of May! ^_^
******* UPDATED APRIL 1st *******
The results are in! And as you can see, even though it was a tight race, the “taking it easy option” won! Thanks to everyone who voted, to everyone who wrote-in an entry, as well as to anyone who just came to read this comic-strip! So, without further ado, here are the duly elected new panels in context:
NICNOTE: Credit to Mike St-O for coming up with the winning entry! ^_^
I think there’s nothing worse than hanging out at friend’s place who only has 1-Player adventure/shooter games. It doesn’t make for much 2-player interactivity. I buy multiplayer games, including Capcom fighting games, because, as silly as it sounds, I want to be a good host. Plus, obviously, I enjoy playing them tremendously. I love the Capcom fighting games so much, I’ll buy everything Capcom produces that’s got a versus option. From SF2 on SNES, to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure on PS1, To buying games on PS3 that I already have on Ps2. Capcom fighting games are like pokemons to me. I want them all! See photographic evidence below:
Now back to the point I want to make about Videogame Segregation.
Traditionally segregation is defined as:
|1.||the act of segregating or state of being segregated|
|2.||sociol : the practice or policy of creating separate facilities within the same society for the use of a minority group|
I love all the capcom fighting games, but with all the updates and different editions, I’m hooked beyond my budget. And what really irks me is how they segregate their online gamer community between different versions of the same game. For example: last time I checked, Street Fighter 4 had sold around 4-5 million copies, and because there’s so many copies, and because it’s available dirt cheap used, most of the people online are noobs. So I can win online matches at SF4 without too much work even though I usually take “random” at the character select screen. The newer edition, Super Street fighter 4 AE, which sold 1-2 million or so copies, is harder to find and is more expensive, so most of the people online for that game are hardcore. They’re hardcore enough to pay more for the same game, and hardcore enough to learn a newer more complicated move-set. I can’t afford to choose random when I play SSF 4AE online, no, I gotta stick to my strong characters and work hard for every win.
It’s segregation because it separates people into groups, based solely on their purchasing power and skills set. everybody should be able to play the best, and latest version of the game. And in my case, since I own both copies, I find it’s a downer that the community is split up like that, and that with my skill set, it’s not a fun option for me to play the latest version of Streetfighter. That strikes me as a design flaw on Capcom’s part, that they would split us up like that, that they would make the latest, and most updated version of their game, so unapproachable.
And Capcom keeps repeating the same pattern. They’re doing it to us again with Marvel Vs Capcom 3, and the newer version called: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Yes, against my own personal logic, Capcom will ultimately get me to shell another 60$ for a newer version of the same game that now has a few new characters. Woo-hoo! And I wouldn’t mind paying 120$ for one game, if only the online offering wasn’t split into two absolutely polar-opposite groups.
So you end up with two segregated gaming communities for the same game. One for noobs, one for hard-core gamers. Which sucks, because everybody should be able to play the same game, the best version of the game. No gamer should be told to go sit at the back of the digital bus.
NICNOTE: For anyone who wants to call me out, and challenge me at SF4 on PS3, my PSN username is: Razorblade_Candy. And I’ll take on anybody online. Well, at least for a couple of matches… ^_^
**** UPDATED FEBRUARY 28th ****
Voting is now over! I’d like to thank everyone who participated. I’m really psyched about the level of participation. Take that, stereotype of modern low voter turnout!! But seriously, big thanks to everyone who voted, and as well to the ones that just came to check it out. Huge thanks to the people that were so into it, they dropped their own write-in ideas for the next panel, that’s pretty awesome!
-Speaking of which, we had 5 write-ins, here they are in no particular order:
-”FAP FAP FAP”
*** ( a sound effect reference I think )
-”Hurl the alarm across the room and clog my ears with paper.”
*** ( Totally! ^_^ )
-”Choice#3 if I lived in Russia”
*** ( A clever reference to the meteorite that fell in Russia that was on the news )
-”I get attacked by two cute cats no choice to get up.”
*** ( Meow! ) ^_^
-”Crush the alarm because I have radioactive blood.”
*** ( It sounds like 1960′s Spider-Man is one of my readers. Spectacular! )
-Anyways, I love that people put in write-ins. Write-ins will play a bigger role next time, I can promise you that. It was an interesting turn-out. The polls were opened for 16 days, at for the first 14-15 days it looked like “I would turn off the alarm, and go back to sleep” was gonna be the easy winner. So much so, I made a thumbnail sketch for it:
But at some point ( I should have paid more attention every day ^_^ ), there was a shift in the polls, and an unexpected winner emerged. Now here are the results in pie-chart format :
… or for those of us who don’t like opening up diagrams: The winner is “It’s 5 AM and it’s a full sunrise, so once again I turn into a were-rooster.”
-So without further ado, here is the newly duly elected new panel in context :
AAaaaaHHH!!! Isn’t democracy wonderful! :) Well I hope YOU had as much fun participating in this project as I did. I gotta say, I couldn’t have done it without YOU. I think YOU’ve worked very hard, so I’m gonna put YOU on vacation for the next 3 weeks, YOU’ve earned it. But next March 20th will be published the next chapter of the Adventures of YOU, so I hope YOU show up again, and show the world what only YOU can do!! ^_^
This is a new feature I wanted to try out. Basically, shining a spotlight on whatever I think might somehow relate to this blog, or to my campaign to promote digital democracy.
So, yeah, that’s the deal. This time around, I want to shine a spotlight on the Democracy Index.
It’s similar to my Democracy-Volume chart, except theirs is more scientific and widely recognized. Although my chart takes into account the direction democracy is going ( At least that’s what I like to think …^_^ ) .
You’ll have to create an account to download their latest report ( 2011 ) , but it’s kinda cool, there’s some fun nuggets of information in there. For example: “The US and the UK remain at the bottom end of the full democracy category.” Ouch! And in this case it’s not some flaky journalist expressing their view, the report is by the top authority on the subject. I mean, their angle is that they’re evaluating democracy around the world so they can better advise their clients on the safety of investing in different places around the world.
The top 20 most democratic countries are: #1 Norway, #2 Iceland, #3 Denmark, #4 Sweden, #5 New Zealand, #6 Australia, #7 Switzerland, #8 Canada, #9 Finland, #10 Netherlands, #11 Luxembourg, #12 Ireland, #13 Austria, #14 Germany, #15 Malta, #16 Czech Republic, #17 Uruguay, #18 United Kingdom, #19 United States, #20 Costa Rica.
So, it turns out I’m not the only fool that’s into this kind of stuff. And, yes, there’s no pressure on your part to go and download that report, I just wanted to let you know that it’s out there, and it’s available…