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I think Video Games play a huge role in our lives, especially in our younger siblings lives, because some Video Games can affect our behaviors on how we act in real life.  For instance, younger kids who play these violent games sometimes try to copy the acts that they see on the video game.  Games such as Grand Theft Auto, for example, mostly people like to play these game because you can steal cars, make lots of money, and beat people up.  But if you really look at this game it has a lot of violence in it that a lot of kids are doing to each other every day.  But not all games are violent, there are some video games that a person can learn from, for example, the video game Cooking Mama.  This game could be a useful to teach a person how to cook real meals instead of just popping pizza in the oven or a pot of noodles on the stove every time they get hungry.

I also think Video Games play a huge role in our lives because it a great form of entertainment when a person gets bored and have nothing to do or when a person just feels like hanging out in the house after a long day at work.  For example, sometimes when I get bored at home after work or on the weekend when I don’t have on money to do nothing or don’t feel like hanging with nobody I will play video games on my PS3.  I mostly played God of War 3 because that was my favorite game out of all the others.  From these two paragraphs video games have had a huge effect on American society because some of the violence that is being produced in the games and I bet if you would just sit outside on your porch one day and watch the young kids in your neighborhood that you would actually see how society would remind you of a video games.  From the way the kids act to the way  to the way they talk to each other.

Video games and society I believe could relate to the framework of producers and distributors.  I say this because the people who make the video games would be the producers obviously and the society would be the distributor because these are the individuals who buy the video games, play them, and send the message out to others on if the game was good or bad.  And depending on their reaction it may or may not persuade others to pay it for themselves.  For example, there was a game I wanted to buy from the books, music, and exchange store down the street from me.  My cousin saw the game and said that game was weak.  So basically in these example my cousin was the distributor because she was giving me the information about the video game that was made by the producer to convince me not to buy that particular game.  I didn’t listen to her and bought the game anyway and wish I did listen to her because that game sucked.

I’ve had many experiences using a PC and/or the Internet but I’m only going to mention three of those experiences.  The first is my first mistake with a PC.  This experience included me downloading programs to download music and games to my mother’s computer without her permission and giving her computer hundreds of viruses.  I was wondering why the computer was running so slow because at the time I didn’t know that viruses could do that I was only in 5th grade until my mother told me when she used the computer and she got really mad and I couldn’t use the computer anymore unless it was for homework.  The second experience was the first time I used the World Wide Web.  I was in Elementary School when I first explored the World Wide Web and I was so excited because I was able to play games that I didn’t have at home and I was able to listen to music that I couldn’t buy or music my mother couldn’t buy for me.  So I would stay on the internet from the time I come home from school until the time I had to go to sleep.  My favorite website to go on was some Dollz Mania game where I had to dress up little dolls.  At the time that was fun to me because I was young but when I look back on it now I think it’s boring and don’t know why I thought that was fun.

My third and last experience that I had with a PC and/or the Internet is my first major accomplishment that I made in my opinion which was learning how to type on the computer without having to look at the keyboard the entire time.  This accomplishment occurred when I was a sophomore in High School while I was attending a computer class.  I always wanted to know how to type without looking ever since I first started messing around with a PC and watching other adults who could type exactly like that at like dentist and doctor offices.  After I learned how to type with looking at the keyboard I couldn’t stay off the computer I would pick up any paper with words on it just to show my mother what I could do because I was just that excited about learning a new skill that I could use towards a PC.

The reason I remembered my first mistake with a PC was that I really felt kind of dumb because I didn’t know that downloading programs to your computer could give it viruses and I didn’t know that viruses could really slow down the speed of a computer and but what can I say I was only in Elementary School when I found out and it was my first time downloading anything to a computer by myself.  The reason I could remember my second and third experience is because I was very excited when I first discovered the World Wide Web and the things a person could do on it and I felt very smart when I accomplishment the skill of typing on a computer keyboard with looking down the entire time.  In my opinion all three of my experience taught me something about using a computer, for instance, my mistake taught me to watch what I download on my computer, my first experience with the World Wide Web taught me that if I want to learn anything that I can’ t learn in school or in books I could probably find on the internet, and my accomplishment taught me that there are many more skills I could learn to improve me knowledge about using the computer then what I already know.

The internet has a huge impact on my life because that’s how I apply for jobs through the internet programs and applications that were uploaded to their websites.  I say this because when I was sixteen and I wanted to work at Kroger, which is where I work now years later, I went in to get an application and they told me I had to apply online instead of applying on paper.  As we have discussed in class, the internet may also help me to keep in contact with friends and family who don’t live here in Louisville, Ky through Facebook which is a social media, I can watch television and movies that I missed on YouTube, and I can even shop online without having to leave my house and physically walk into the store on websites such as Amazon.  Basically I depend on the internet for entertainment when I’m bored inside the house after I come home from work and or come home from school and I also depend on the internet to help me succeed in life such as completing homework assignments for my Spanish class, doing research for research papers, and finding and applying for better jobs to live a great life after graduating from college.  The internet has a huge impact on how I live my life every day.

The article, The Terrifying Truth About New Technology, by Daniel H. Wilson was very interesting because he talks about how older people, including Daniel H. Wilson himself, reacts to newer technology that is created by a new generation.  And the same experience he speaks of I see every day and experience every day when I work at Kroger.  For instance, most of the customers that come through my line always tell me that they hate U-SCAN and I always ask them why; the customer always say “I would rather wait in line for a cashier to scan my groceries then to talk with a computer.”  But me I love U-SCAN, I love to scan my own groceries I believe a person can get in and out quicker by using the U-SCAN.  There are so many older individuals who are used to other people scanning and bagging their groceries, they just believe that the new technology is stupid.

I can say that I do agree with the article because technology is going to continue to change and become more advanced with every new generation and technology will continue to change the world no matter what other’s think about it.  I also agree with the statement Daniel H. Wilson states on the third page in the third to last paragraph, “But the moment you choose to stop growing, your world will begin to shrink.”  The reason I say I agree with this statement is because if a person don’t adjust or adapt to the new technology that comes out, a person could feel left out because all their friends have the newest phone or game system that came out.  For example, I had an experience like that, when my cousin and my friends had got a touch screen phone I kind of left out because I still had my rumor where I still had to press buttons.  But I finally got one and now I don’t really that  way anymore.

Another example, is when my mama first got introduced to texting.  At first she didn’t want to try is because she thought it was stupid and a waste of time.  She always said that if she needed to talk to somebody she would rather call them on the phone then text them.  But now she text all the time, before she decide to call me and would text me instead.  So from these example it shows that my mama was against using texting to communicate with people and now that she has adapt to the new technology that she didn’t have growing up as a child she can understand and enjoy the new technology; but she still doesn’t want to upgrade to a touch screen she thinks it too much.

I believe the same thing will happen to me when new technology is created by the younger generation.  I will believe that the new technology is stupid and that I would rather stick to what I have then to upgrade to the new technology.  For instance, I finally seen the new PS4 and I think it’s stupid I will never buy that; I would keep my PS3 and call it a day.  I can search the Internet, watch Netflix, and play games I don’t need to buy a whole new system to do the exact same things I’m doing now.  But at the same time I will have to adapt to the new technology because we, the people, depend on technology to help us through out our life to survive in this world.



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