We are not amused

I want to talk about something that I’m not impressed with. But first, something I am impressed with.

Last night I attended an excellent production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”, put on by UW Drama. It was very well done, and if you’re free tonight or tomorrow, you should go see it.

Now, to what I’m not impressed with: stupid people. In this case, stupid people who would get violent and, well, stupid over a game console. Oh, and stupid people who knowingly create situations like this.

Sony’s PlayStation 3 makes chaotic U.S. debut

I am so unimpressed with Sony right now, because they had to know that the limited availability of the PS3 would cause trouble. People should not get shot over a game console! But some genius decided that the hype and desire created by the limited launch would outweigh the negativity raised by violence and dissatisfied customers.

And sadly, that genius is right. We should assign strong blame to Sony–and any other manufacturer who pulls a stunt like this–for causing social unrest over something so very trivial, but we won’t do it. We’ll finally get our hands on a PS3, and then we’ll forget all about it.

And for that, we’re all stupid. We’re all demonstating just how far we are from being a responsible society. We’re all demonstating how short-sighted and selfish we can be.

We’re all demonstating that Sony is right to treat us as sales numbers and not people.

Do unto others as you would have done to you. Yeah, right.

So what does this mean for me? Well, I can tell you that I will never buy a Playstation 3, but that doesn’t mean much. I’m not a gamer, so it was likely that I wouldn’t buy one even before all of this. And I will continue to buy Sony products, because the design and quality warrants my attention. Is this hypocritical? I can’t say with any objectivity, since I’m talking about myself. I’ll either be too charitable with my opinion, or not charitable enough.

And does it really matter? No, not really. As long as there are people to treat like dollar signs, there are large corporations that will do so. If not Sony, then someone else.

Makes me wish, at times like this, that I lived in a place where people really understood the meaning of freedom. Because a significant portion of the world’s population–including myself–doesn’t get it. And we’ll suffer our own follies until we realize what we’ve lost.

Russ