Just before Thanksgiving, GamePolitics broke a story which detailed conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly’s fear and loathing of digital culture, especially video games.
In case you missed it (and shame on you if you did), here’s what O’Reilly had to say about gamers:
Basically what you have is a large portion of the population… who don’t deal with reality – ever. So they don’t know what day it is… They don’t know anything… because they are constantly diverted by a machine. Now what this does is it takes a person away from reality because they’ve created their own reality…
The skill set that is necessary to earn a decent living is being deemphasized in a fantasy world of football games and shooting zombies and all that… I really fear for the United States because, believe me, the jihadists? They’re not playing the video games. They’re killing real people over there.
Now contrast O’Reilly’s close-minded rant with the more rational view of conservative talking head Sean Hannity. As described on Kotaku, Hannity loves Nintendo’s Wii, especially the boxing portion of Wii Sports, and related how he enjoyed playing the system with his son.
So… how does O’Reilly see cataclysm in video games while Hannity sees only fun and entertainment?