When critically discussing video games, I often see responses like, “It’s just a video game, why don’t you focus on a real issue?” tekanji has a wonderful new post up on her blog called Debunking the Myth of Frivolty in her new series on understanding pop culture.
What I’m trying to say is that when you label an issue as “not real” in an attempt to dismiss the person speaking about it, the word “real” loses all meaning. It becomes shorthand for “things I believe in,” but, guess what? Just because you believe that one thing is more important than another doesn’t invalidate the subject at hand. Novel concept, I’m sure! You don’t think pop culture is important? Great, there’s the back button. Hit it and find a subject that does interest you.
Think studying pop culture, including video games, is a waste of time? Well, we’ve all got different interests. Don’t waste your time by telling us that. Instead, find what you think is a real issue and work on it. No need to come back here and report to us.