What is the world coming to?
People rioting or getting shot just trying to buy a freaking Playstation 3. I refuse to spend $500+ to get one. It would just give my kid even more of an excuse to never leave the house.
I find it hard to believe that people are waiting in line for days to get one of these things. Unfortunately it shows the level of materialism that this country has sunk to. We are all about "things." I hate to admit that I love my things too and I would love to have some new things, but I just can't justify spending large amounts of money on gadgets that will take my attention (or my son's) away from those I care about and my priorities. It's nuts.
Don't get me wrong, escaping from reality for a while is nice, but not at the expense of your real life.
I came across this little news report this morning on Yahoo.
1 shot in Conn. Playstation waiting line
PUTNAM, Conn. - Two armed thugs tried to rob a line of people waiting
to buy the new Playstation 3 gaming console early Friday and shot one who
refused to give up the money, authorities said.
The two confronted 15 to 20 people who were in line outside a Wal-Mart
store shortly after 3 a.m. and demanded money, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a
spokesman for the state police. The new Sony consoles are selling for around
$500 to $600.
"One of the patrons resisted. That patron was shot," Vance said.
Crazy shit, huh?
Do any of you watch South Park? There was recently a two-part episode where Eric Cartman was going insane waiting for the Nintendo Wii (wee). He can't stand that he has to wait until mid November to get this new gaming system so he has his friend "Butters" help bury him in the snow in the mountains, freezing himself until the day they come out so he won't be forced to endure the agony of waiting and anticipation for this stupid gaming console. Butters is supposed to dig him up and thaw him out on the day they come out. Unfortunately for Cartman, an avalanche occurs, burying him for 500 years.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators and writers of South Park, obviously see this freakish obsession with gaming consoles the same way I do. It's fucked up. If it wasn't, those two would certainly not poke fun at the issue.
The Nintendo Wii doesn't come out until November 19th. I'm sure there are folks standing in line at Best Buy or Wal-Mart right now, waiting to get theirs. Meanwhile, our troops are getting killed in Iraq, we have a moron for a president, Madonna is adopting African children and global warming is killing off the coral in the Great Barrier Reef.
Ok, the Madonna thing isn't such a travesty. My bad.
What are your thoughts on the craziness these stupid, fucking game consoles are causing? What are your thoughts on the ridiculous rioting and robberies occurring in the lines of those waiting to purchase these over-priced, soon to be obsolete, boxes of wires and circuits?
Come on...tell me.