Virtual vegetables, time on screen and Call of Duty.






Some things that I read about last week…

1) 31% of Americans aged over 18 years-of-age spend 5 hours per day on a computer, tablet device or smartphone.

2) Anders Breivik, the man responsible for killing 69 people in a shooting and another 8 in a bomb attack in Norway, ‘trained’ for the attacks on ‘Call of Duty’

3) Want to grow your own food with almost no effort whatsoever? Then try out iGrow, a virtual allotment being offered by a farm in the UK. You pick what you want to grow using your iPad or other device, get someone else to plant it, water it and look after it and grow it and tell them when you’d like it harvested.

Yes, very convenient, but surely this misses the whole point about growing your own food, gardening or life in general. If everything is instantly available then nothing has any meaning. If something requires no effort then it has no value and if something is too easy there is no pleasure to be gained from it.

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2 Responses to Virtual vegetables, time on screen and Call of Duty.

  1. Mark says:

    I think your points about igrow are valid but it is a very innovative idea for a population that is aging and if the person was an avid gardener at a younger age but has a condition preventing begin able to visit regulary (possibly for someone who lives in a bug city and can’t get to an allotment – also there is a very long waiting list for allotments as I recall).

    I wonder if I can get a vinyard, get someone to crush the grapes and deliver me a bottle of red ! (its not easier than an offlicence ! and igrow is not easier that Tescos)

  2. richard says:

    Fair point!


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