On neglect

There has been a lot of talk about game addiction lately, mostly due to the kid who was forced into rehab because of his neglecting interest in the “real world”.

Now, I really didn’t want to comment on this because even though I believe games were just the outlet for a bigger problem, the kid obviously had problems of some kind and having social services stepping in was most likely the right thing to do. If I blame media and interest groups for scaremongering in order to push an agenda or sell issues, trying to push an agenda of my own by trivializing a real problem would be hypocrisy.

That being said, Swedish reporter Peter Ottsjö wrote a nice summary of why misplacing the blame might actually harm the people you were trying to help in the first place, and it is certainly worth a read.

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Posted on Nov 22/07 by Saint and filed under Moral panic | No Comments »