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O'Reilly dishes out a dose of ORLY?

Bill O'Reilly, known for his popular Fox News program "The O'Reilly Factor," is quite a lightning rod when it comes to matters involving politics and social matters. This time around, however, O'Reilly is garnering attention for his comments on digital technology.

GamePolitics posted on their site a transcript of a recent airing of O'Reilly's "Radio Factor" in which he discusses the recent rash of violence surround the PlayStation 3 launch. "The problem with this stuff is that some people can deal with it constructively...but other people get addicted to it, just like opium, just like drugs and alcohol...So this is a big, big problem. It’s going to change every single thing in this country," said O'Reilly.

O'Reilly then dug a little deeper to say that youth who grew up playing video games were doomed to later be failures in society. "The skill set that is necessary to earn a decent living is being deemphasized in a fantasy world of football games and shooting zombies and all that...Now you have the "knows" and the "know-nots", because if you spend all your youth being prisoners of machines...you’re not going to know anything...You’re gonna fail."

Comments like these aren't new in the gaming world. Jack Thompson has long been a champion against violent video games and their effects on the youth of America. His most recent target has been Rockstar's Bully which was released last month.

But whereas Thompson's rants have been mostly relegated to violent video games, O'Reilly widened his net to wrangle other popular technology items including the almighty iPod.

"I don’t own an iPod. I would never wear an iPod...If this is your primary focus in life - the machines...it’s going to have a staggeringly negative effect, all of this, for America...did you ever talk to these computer geeks? I mean, can you carry on a conversation with them?"

For the computer geeks out there that can't carry on a conversation with anyone and just so happen to own an iPod, be sure to check out O'Reilly's Talking Points podcast.





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