Today, the bus goes in reverse, back in time. Not far. Just a couple weeks ago, specifically Monday, July 18th. Okay, we’re there and we join the conversation…
Did you read the New York Times today?
All of it?
The “Today’s Videos” section.
What’s in it?
There’s a video entitled: “The Week Pokemon Go Took Over Central Park.” The big public park in NYC.
Is it worth reading?
It’s just a video. You don’t have to read anything. Well, there are subtitles that repeat what is said. You can read them or not. You get the dialogue that’s spoken, either way. You watch a two-and-a-half minute video interview of young people in Central Park who play Pokemon Go there.
Do you learn how to play the game?
No. You learn about the people who play it. You find out why they do it.
I assume they do it because they enjoy it. And their friends do it with them sometimes.
Right. Their parents worry they’ll get hit by a bus because they’re paying attention to the game, not what’s going on around them.
Of course. That’s what parents do. They worry. And if a kid does get hurt, the others will say: “That’s not going to happen to me.” And they’re probably right. So they’ll keep playing. Let me guess: All the kids love the game, they and their friends think parents worry too much, they dress sloppy…
They dress the way they want. And, yes, they don’t look like a reflection of their parents. That’s what kids do. That’s not a battle parents need to fight.
And they don’t think they’re addicted to the game, even though they are.
Nobody admits they’re addicted to anything. Just like racists know it’s not a good thing to say: “Yeah, I’m a racist. What’s your point?”
Do they mind talking about the game?
No. Sometimes, one kid is being talked to. Sometimes, it’s a small group.
How long will the game be popular?
I don’t know. One kid said: “We’re a generation who grows bored of things quickly.”
Like “cabbage patch kids” dolls.
I guess. The kid sounded smart.
Even though he dressed “sloppy?”
He dressed: “Independently.”
I think he’d agree with you. Independently. The way he chooses the game he plays.
He and his friends play the game “Independently” …together.
You sound like a parent.
I am a parent.
I can tell by the way you’re dressed. Where are we going for coffee?
Same place as usual. Let’s stop for John and Linda. They’d like going, too.