Pocket God

In the article Pocket God the author talks about a popular app on the apple store in 2009. The app allows users to control and torture an island of characters. The issue addressed in this article is the racism of this app. The characters are supposedly meant to be “fictitious primitives” and not an ethnic group but are represented as pacific islanders. The author asks why this game is not only okay with Apple, but was at the top of the app store for weeks, while a game that involved the torture of African slaves or Jewish people would never be allowed on the App Store. The issue that comes with the popularity of this app is the fact that thousands of people do not see the issue. Controlling and torturing an ethnic group dehumanizes them and subconsciously instills an idea of racial superiority in the person playing it. Playing a game where people blindly manipulate an island of characters represented as an ethnic group makes that ethnic group’s culture and history seem invalid and unimportant, which is the opposite of what individuals should be doing. With this app we see that in our society it is seemingly okay to play with certain cultures but not others. If the app were a game where the player tortured a group of specifically Jewish people it would be removed immediately due to anti-Semitism. This App was not as attacked as other variations of it would be because there has never been as strong of an opposition to pacific islanders as there was for Jewish people and African Americans in many places. The app shows us that all people need to expand their minds and openly think about and respect all cultures.

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