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5-05-2010 @ 8:44PM
CNN, Fox News, etc exist to make money through selling advertising access to captive audiences. They engage in the same tactics of exxageration and controversy that games use to hook and retain an audience. I could list adults that are just as "addicted" to commercial news as gamers are to WoW, and they are equally nonproductive pastimes.It's not addiction, it is the engrossing nature of human interaction and expression seen from the perspective of New Media, for which our society still lacks the appropriate terminology to describe. When these New Media become entangled with mental health concerns, they are not new or more dangerous, but only familiar problems in unfamiliar form.
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