Blog Post #14
For this weeks presentations, the video game presentation on Monday was very well organized and I think it covered very interesting topics. The one that stood out to me the most that involved culture was the idea about he “other.” I took a class last semester where we explored video games something that personally I never payed attention to because of lack of interest. However I did find the conversations interesting especially the ones that revolved around military usage. Whether the usages were for good and bad reasons the conversation always brought great conversation and different point of views. We didn’t talk about the idea of the other within the characters in our conversations because we focused more on the actual game usage not necessarily the game construction itself.
I stumbled across a blog that talked about the idea of the other. She talked about social identity being innate or natural not being a too true point of view. She says, “social identities reflect the way individuals and groups internalise established social categories within their societies, such as their cultural (or ethnic) identities, gender identities, class identities, and so on,” rather than focusing on individual characteristics. If we think about “the other” as a social identity rather than individual characteristics we find ourselves in a not so neutral digital space.
When involving military usage of this digitally stimulated world with a social construct attached to it, we are creating bias soldiers. We are telling them what the enemy looks like and not the actual values of any enemy this country could have. The reality is that the real enemy could be hiding in our own mists hidden behind hidden language and now behind the social construct of what the enemy should look like. The out group is always more important to anybody that is a part of an in group.
This talk also made me wonder if many of the people who enlist to the military played these types of video games before doing so. It also makes me wonder how much they enjoy playing the games after. I don’t think that playing these games make you discriminatory but I do think that they support the idea of the other and in some ways helps continue the cycle of prejudice thinking towards different ethnic groups. Overall it was a great presentation and it had different perspectives I had not thought about.