What are your thoughts about ‘Playtest’?

In  Playtest, we see a character who is unable to distinguish between reality and fantasy, truth and fiction, because of the media technology he is using. Is this a problem today in any way? Could it be a problem in the future? How?

“There have been numerous stories of kids, and even adults, who decided to do things they’ve done in videogames, like steal cars, rob people, or even kill. Many of them believe there isn’t anything wrong with it either.”


“I think it’s already a problem, but in a more complex way. People today have the ability to cut themselves off from voices or realities they don’t want to acknowledge by following certain media outlets or surrounding themselves by like-minded thinkers on the internet and in real life. If augmented reality becomes as advanced as it was in the show, which seems inevitable, then it will become a problem in a much more literal way. This could have large-scale consequences.” – Brantley Meaders


“Just as the character in Playtest has a hard time distinguishing between reality and fantasy, people today have this problem as well. My mom, for example, the other day said, ‘I have never had so many friends in my life.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ She then told me about all the ‘friends’ she had on Facebook. I had to explain to her the difference in ‘friends’ on Facebook and friends in real life.” – Laine-Alden Mansour


“I think that, in an age when the media reports fact only when it’s convenient, and when sensationalist, hysteria-inducing articles make up a large portion of our ‘news,’ it is difficult for many people to distinguish between what is real and not. Perception has become reality, and most of our society is too lazy to make the effort to gather all of the facts.” – Mary Elizabeth High


“Many relationships you see on social media are just painting a pretty picture for their followers when, in reality, things are truly not as good as they seem. I think this could get worse in the future because many girls of my generation stay with their abusive, cheating boyfriends just to keep up a pretty picture perfect life on social media.”


“Social media gives us the ability to alter real life. With the use of editing programs like Photoshop filters and good lighting, we can make something appear greater than it actually is. We can manipulate photos and videos and make our lives seem better and more exciting than they actually are.”


“I see this in how the media portrays body image. We constantly see this ‘perfect’ image of the way that our bodies should look. It’s not a realistic image, but sometimes, we can let it take over our minds.” – Destiny Walsh


“Media and its effects are certainly a rising issue. People can have fantasies about people they have never met by viewing a photo that may or may not be real. This is becoming a problem, and I can see it being a problem in the future. With new games like ‘Pokemon Go!’ and others, the real-world could collide with a virtual world and create one big ugly mess.” – Abby Vance


“This prompt is interesting. Until now, I have not considered the blurring of truth and fantasy problematic. Playtest does propose this notion. And, yes, there is a form of said blurring happening with media/technology today. Because of the increased ease of creating and presenting news and information, along with the facilitated spreading of information, this makes ‘fake news’ propagate.” – Matt Thompson


“This is a problem in today’s society. We are so engulfed in our phones and games and virtual realities that we start to believe it’s the real deal. While technology continues to advance, and the world of virtual reality increases, people in the future will no longer be able to distinguish what is real and what is not. People’s realities will cross over, opening doors for bad things to happen. Bad things you may be able to get away with in a virtual reality, but they can be dangerous in the real world, will start to cross over, potentially causing harm for everyone, just like it caused harm for Cooper.” – Morgan Taylor


“I and most of my peers are so addicted to at least one form of media technology that it literally consumes us. We become immersed in our experience with media tech. Sometimes, we even get lost in a Reddit post, Xbox game or interactive messaging platform and struggle to find our way back to a reality other than the many virtual realities we engage with daily.” – Ansley Stephenson


“In my personal life, I edit my Instagram pictures to maybe whiten my teeth or shave off some extra pounds, and I constantly forget I did all that editing, so I edit more and gain more weight because I think I have the excess to, which has led to my freshmen 40. Everyone has their own version of this, and it will become a huge problem in the future.”


“I see so many people get lost in the world that is social media. I see girls who completely change their appearance on networks so that people perceive them to be pretty. I see friendships destroyed because someone will ‘unfollow’ them on Instagram.” – Ashtin Riad


“This is a problem today. People who even watch reality TV shows can’t determine if it’s real or fake.” – Alexis T. Rhoden


“I think this is a problem today. We spend so much time on social media, we miss out on things. They live stream concerts and class lectures, making it easier for us to just stay in bed all day and not go out into the real world. I fear that eventually there will be no reason to leave the house.” – Marlene Middleton


“FOMO is the concept of Fear of Missing Out. Usually FOMO occurs when an individual sees an event happening on social media and feels a deep sense of missing out. What that individual might not understand is how easy it is to make something look much better than it really is on social media, a soft or blurring between reality and fantasy. A clear example of the media technology co-creating of fantasy would be the recent Fyre Festival. Social media made it look like a paradise, but when patrons arrived, they were met with a much different reality.” – Eoin McKenna

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