Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 115 / DECEMBER 1989 / PAGE 9

Misdirected Technology

The September "Editorial License" makes a very telling commentary on where we're headed: "Both Nintendo and Atari plan to market portable videogame systems this year.... An LCD screen can't compete with the view from Mount Washington in New Hampshire or Hanging Rock here in North Carolina. (Some kids might think otherwise.)... If you're hooked on arcade entertainment, you never have to leave home without it."

A more damning indictment of misdirected technology could not have been written. Our lust for surrogate murder and destruction on the video screen is such that we forsake everything for a shot at more computerized killing, and our kids would rather indulge in mindless mayhem than in the awesome spectacles of nature.