Despite the chaos of having thousands of people try to control a single Pokémon game, one thing was was certain about the end of the first run of 'Twitch Plays Pokémon' — it was damned inspirational and thought-provoking. Lots of folks were sceptical that finishing the game was even possible.
Lots of comparisons were made. The entire thing was like the US government, it was a microcosm of the internet at large, it represented certain politics, it was a giant social experiment — on and on. PBS Idea Channel delves into the many philosophical ideas we can extrapolate from the entire event and its players, and it's a fascinating watch.
Personally, I'm not as interested in the loftier ideas about the message we can take from TPP — I just love communal passion about media and I especially like Pokémon. But if it gives you hope for humanity or something, sure — great!
What did you take away from Twitch Plays Pokémon?
Does Twitch Plays Pokemon Give You Hope for Humanity? [PBS Idea Channel]