The Rigors of College: Carpal Tunnel Thumb

May 27, 2021

I don’t think I would be able to graduate from a university today. I am not equipped with the wetware necessary to perform in the current academic environment. Okay, I skipped some grades. I have degrees. I am one of those individuals who prefer paper, pencils, notebooks, and motivated specialists to present information in person. Then I like to ask questions and participate in study groups with fellow students. I am not into Zoom and video games.

College Credit for Playing video Games? At Some California Campuses, It’s Happening” reminded me that I am not shaped for today’s digital world. I noted this passage:

“Higher ed needs to evolve or die,” said Dina Ibrahim, the academic advisor of the SF State esports athletic club and a professor of broadcast journalism. “We need to be teaching students relevant skills, that’s going to get them jobs in a rapidly changing landscape.”

That landscape means that esports, games, and unconferences are hot.

The article points out:

Those skills could help students land their first media jobs, said Mark “Garvey” Candella, director of student and education programs for Twitch, a $15 billion company that draws 30 million, mostly younger, visitors to its website daily. Amazon Inc. bought Twitch in 2014 for $970 million. The company makes money by showing ads to viewers, selling subscriptions, and taking a cut of any money viewers donate to streamers. “All the skills that you’re learning and using while you participate in gaming and esports are highly transferable and valuable skills in emerging new and digital media…”

No doubt.

Math, science, language study, and logic — No jobs in those field I assume.

I will stay home and wait for government checks. I will earn an F in egames and avoid carpal tunnel wrist braces.

Stephen E Arnold, May 27, 2021


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