We hear a lot of moral panic about new technologies these days. From too much screen time, to the breading a generation of spree killers with games like Castle Wolfenstein and Doom (still waiting for that to happen), to Twitter causing autism. All these claims, even those from supposed experts, come with little or no scientific data to back them up.
Well I have a data point right here. A tradition that has held sway for generations is under attack. This tradition possibly goes back hundreds of years, or maybe farther. I’m talking of “The floor is lava.” I could easily imagine roman children making their way across the mosaics from pillow to pillow. I can remember scattering couch cushions on the floor and attempting to traverse the living room as a child. My father once mentioned that he had done the same. I never asked granddad.
The boy was making his way from cushion island to cushion island the other day, when I walked in. “Oh No Dad! You fell into void!”
Finally, a cultural impact of a video game. Curse you Minecraft. Won’t somebody think of the lava!