March 2, 2006
Academic Article TBA -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)""In addition, the criminal world and various subcultures such as mystics and artists become appealing avenues for personal growth and offer their own financial rewards." Ok, I let this one slide because there is at least a conjunction between "criminal world" and "artist", but when Doctoral Candidate Thomson later says "Many Sims take on careers such as an artist or palm reader that allow more time and opportunity to pursue counter cultural activities." SAY WHAAAAAAA? Our culture is so completely about the INDIVIDUAL presently, that counter-culture art is an oxymoron. The more an artist rejects the culture, the more in fact they accept it, because they are adhering to our current belief that individual expression = good; non-individual expression = bad. I searched Thomson and found very little (other than is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Kansas, if this is the same man).
Even is Thomson is 110% completely correct about the similarities between Gatsby and a Sim, the whole article was clouded by the views that he expresses about art and artists, which I hope are his alone and not intertwined in this game. I have a REAL life; a life which includes an ongoing battle to keep arts education in the schools, so that kids don't have to be trapped in lives where material possessions = self-worth. I searched for Sims and found that for $9.99/month, I could PRETEND to have a life by playing Sims (I'll keep my $$$, thanks).
Posted by BrendaChristeleit at March 2, 2006 7:44 PM