Sunday surprise: Pokemon Go Go Go
[ by Charles Cameron — for Adam Elkus, John Robb & JM Berger among others ]
Trump: 'I wish I had time' to play 'Pokemon Go' https://t.co/FLDGqTlfp4
— Adrian David Cheok (@adriancheok) July 21, 2016
Pokemon Go, the Trump Editionhttps://t.co/htzEt8l1AI pic.twitter.com/V3z5IqZkTM
— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) July 19, 2016
? Pokémon Go is barely a week old and Hillary Clinton is already using it to register voters – Vox https://t.co/hQeM5FCTcn
— Andrea Kuszewski (@AndreaKuszewski) July 19, 2016
I find that last one pretty interesting, and would like to juxtapose it with a para from Michael Moore‘s piece — almost certainly the only piece of his writings I’ve actually downloaded onto my hard drive — Five Reasons Why Donald Trump Will Win:
The fire alarm that should be going off [CC: for Hillary supporters] is that while the average Bernie backer will drag him/herself to the polls that day to somewhat reluctantly vote for Hillary, it will be what’s called a “depressed vote” – meaning the voter doesn’t bring five people to vote with her. He doesn’t volunteer 10 hours in the month leading up to the election. She never talks in an excited voice when asked why she’s voting for Hillary. A depressed voter. Because, when you’re young, you have zero tolerance for phonies and BS. Returning to the Clinton/Bush era for them is like suddenly having to pay for music, or using MySpace or carrying around one of those big-ass portable phones. They’re not going to vote for Trump; some will vote third party, but many will just stay home. Hillary Clinton is going to have to do something to give them a reason to support her — and picking a moderate, bland-o, middle of the road old white guy as her running mate is not the kind of edgy move that tells millenials that their vote is important to Hillary. Having two women on the ticket – that was an exciting idea. But then Hillary got scared and has decided to play it safe. This is just one example of how she is killing the youth vote.
Department of unintended consequences and black swans:
Who’d have thought a Japoanese telephone-based game might have an influence on the demographics of democracy in the US of A?