What 'Twitch Plays Pokémon' Says About Humanity

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]


    That I am shocked the first comment on this article, and one I am sure is coming, is that it failed because of democracy rawr rawr anarchy good rawr rawr something something. Myself, I found it fascinating.

      I was originally thinking that democracy would fix some of the stuck for days syndrome we suffered from in red, but after watching crystal I gotta say, democracy is boring as hell.

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