Blog Assignment #5

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Since we have begun to read Heart of Darkness, I wanted to make this weeks blog assignment based on the reading. In the Heart of Darkness, the protagonist, Marlow, adores the idea of exploration so I decided to take a spin on this by contrasting to our methods of modern day exploration, specifically video game exploration. As we’ve read on section 1, in the Heart of Darkness, he talks in moderation on the mere idea of exploration. Marlow refers to famous figures and explorers who set out to bring civilization to uninhabited land to encounter new experiences. This, in contrast, is seen in many ways in our life today whether its exploring far off places or exploring the world in a new way.  Video games have become one of the more popular ways to explore the world with a more famous example being Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go has become a new method of exploration that is allowing and encouraging its players to explore their world in a whole new way.

After reading the article, “Pokemon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” by Erika Owen, think on how methods of old exploration in the Heart of Darkness, has contrasted with new forms of exploration, such as in exploration in video games like Pokemon go. The article talks about how people are discovering places they didn’t know existed before and it’s allowing them to encounter new journeys is this similar to methods of discovery in Heart of Darkness? In what ways is Pokemon Go enhancing the common idea of exploring as it has been viewed back in the days? Are there any similarities between modern methods of exploring and olden ones? These are questions to think about when answering the prompt.

Article:

http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/pokemon-go-app

Prompt:In the heart of darkness, Marlow is forging to discover a new experience for himself, in what ways is this new method of exploration, in video games, different or similar to old methods of exploration?

 

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29 thoughts on “Blog Assignment #5

  1. Heart of Darkness is a story centered on a man named Marlow, an adventurous character, who takes a journey up the Congo River seeking new life opportunities. All throughout the world there are stories of adventurous characters who travel on great adventures. However, as the world continues to progress in technology. The concept of “adventure” has changed especially thanks to a new phone app known as “Pokémon Go!” The app is a game where it’s user has to walk around in order to “catch” virtual Pokémon and the overall purpose of the game is to catch them all. I agree with Jennifer C when she expresses that Pokemon go has become a new method of adventure and exploration, and when comparing this new exploration to that of the older ways, like Marlow in Heart of Darkness, there are some similarities and differences.

    A difference between the two forms of travel is the gadgets used. For example, Heart of Darkness was written in the 1890s, a period of time where most travelers relied on maps to get around. However with the new forms of travel, technology has such a major impact. Pokemon Go is a GPS in itself, so all users are mostly aware of where they are. Another major difference between the two methods of travel are the transportation. In Heart of Darkness the character is first explaining how he is on a boat traveling up a river. In contrast to the book, Pokemon go users who choose to travel far distances can use a car or even a plane.

    Some similarities between the forms of travel can be the journey and the purpose. Both methods of exploration require a journey to be taken. The journey begins once preparation takes place. In the 1890s journeys required food prep and clothing prep and as for Pokémon go the preparation is still important, even if it means just: grabbing extra cash for food, wearing the right shoes, and making sure the phones are charged. The methods are different but the journeys are the same in terms of: preparation, execution, and the outcome. Another major similarity between the two are the overall purpose. Both methods showcase how the traveler intends to go out into the world and find something never seen before. The drive behind the journeys are what makes them similar. All the travelers whether in the 1800s or in 2016 seek adventure.

  2. In “Travel and Leisure’s” article, titled, “Pokemon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” the author attempts to claim that “Pokemon Go” is changing the way its users look at and explore the world. However, the differences between the way the characters in Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” explore and the way the users of “Pokemon Go” explore are vastly different.

    From the get-go, “Heart of Darkness” was set in the late 1800’s during the age of European imperialism and expansion. This was a time where many European “superpowers” were in competition with each other to colonize uncharted territory. This was also a time that was “pre-google earth” and required explorers to be attentive and driven. Marlow, for example, was intently curious and fascinated with the varying landscapes, terrain, and indigenous people. I also personally believe that Marlow’s overall demeanor which comes off as insightful and passionate is a result of his experiences. Marlow explored the world for his own pleasure and purpose, not by catching creatures through his iPhone.

    The “explorations” that are made via “Pokemon Go” are vastly different from the discovery and insight Marlow was able to experience. The author of the article argues that “Pokemon Go” is urging its users to step outside and, “urges players to visit lesser-known places.” However, I firmly believe that if someone wants to go out and explore the world and truly appreciate it, it will be through their own will like Marlow’s and not through a video game. The article also stated that it is pushing tourists specifically in Manhattan to visit landmarks such as “The World Trade Center Memorial Pools” and the “The Survivor Tree” which I find very insensitive. This game is not allowing tourists to visit places they wouldn’t have visited otherwise. Rather in some instances, it is turning places that should be solemn and reserved for reflection into just another opportunity to capture more fictional characters.

    I’d have to disagree with Janina when she says, “Both methods showcase how the traveler intends to go out into the world and find something never seen before.” because that is not the case. “Pokemon Go” is simply a mere distraction; those who are playing it are not totally immersing themselves into the world in which they are exploring like Marlow in “Heart of Darkness.” Like Marlow, I believe that the driving force for exploration is curiosity; and you do not need to be curious to play “Pokemon Go.” All you need is the desire to hunt creatures on your smartphone’s screen. Sure “Pokemon Go” showcases society’s advancements in technology but it doesn’t encompass the meaning of exploration itself.

  3. In the Article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way”, Erika Owen talks about how the game Pokémon GO has given her the chance to explore her city and how she has lived there her whole life and has found new and exciting things because of it. The game really does give people the chance to experience and explore more of their world. There are many differences between the app and Marlow in “The Heart of Darkness”. Just the fact that Marlow did not have things like phones and apps that caused him to explore is reason enough. Marlow’s reason for exploration was more genuine and he wanted to see and learn about new things without a distraction like a phone. Many of the gamers” reasons for “exploring” is to find rare, new, and more Pokémon.
    A similarity between both Marlow and the gamers are the purpose behind their exploration. Although, Marlow wanted to go to new and strange places to see and learn new things like civilization, culture, etc., the people who play the game try and figure out new and strange destinations to find rare Pokémon.
    I agree with Christopher Q when he says, ” I believe that the driving force for exploration is curiosity; and you do not need to be curious to play “Pokémon Go.” All you need is the desire to hunt creatures on your smartphone’s screen.” The real definition of exploration is to find new places and new things that inspire you or change your way of looking at things, not trying to find a rare Pokémon.

  4. In response to the popularity of Pokémon Go, Erika Owen praises the application for encouraging users to cultivate their adventurous side by visiting uncommon destinations within their surroundings safely in her article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way.” She effectively builds her argument by sharing her personal experience with the game, praising it for the possibilities it could give users, and warning her audience to be mindful while using the application. In this regard, the idea of “exploration” is simpler in today’s standard compared to the late 1800’s solely because of the invention of technology.

    Marlow’s excitement and spice for life were parallel to his hunger for adventure. As a young boy, he desired to bring light to the “blank spaces” on his map. The only way he could fulfill his sense of curiosity was to travel coast to coast. The process itself was time-consuming and every so often dangerous. It required a great deal of personal inspiration to be willing to put oneself into those conditions.The only reason Marlow could travel to a land with a reputation for being housed with savagery, disease, and lack of comfort was it failed to outweigh his need to gain personal experience, travel, and as the novella progressed, meet Mr. Kurtz.

    Since it’s release, Pokémon Go had gained the reputation of broadening the physical capabilities of users by encouraging them to enter the real world and bond with other players. The exploration methods used in this game is completely different from the hazardous yet slightly nightmarish version of exploration during the late 1800’s. Explorers in the past would spend countless of hours calculating their trip and compiling supplies before executing an expedition. Pokemon Go users are not exploring for the purpose of discovering a place instead they wander to find Pokemon. If users genuinely want to explore they would not need a game to motivate their curiosity to discover the world but instead it should come from within. With that being said, I agree with Chris Q. statement, “Pokemon Go” is simply a mere distraction; those who are playing it are not totally immersing themselves into the world in which they are exploring like Marlow in “Heart of Darkness.”

  5. The concept of exploration has stayed the same over the past thousands of years. It is surrounded by the idea of an adventure, traveling to destinations out of desires and curiosity. In the story “Heart of Darkness”, the story revolves around the character Marlow, a man who has been seeking exploration the moment he first receives a map as a child. He has craved and dreamt to go out to sea which leads to more curiosity as he pursues his dream and discovers new land and people. In Erica Owen’s article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way”, she discusses her first hand experience on how the popular game, “Pokémon Go” has transformed the way people, including herself, tour and explore the world. As she lists the many places she has spotted through the app, Owen states,“There’s an itinerary right there, the perfect mix of standard and unexpected destinations.” which at first led me to believe that it was “exploring”. She also explains how several destination sights are taking advantage and luring people into visiting their location, but the people visiting your museums or fields are not there for your products and displays, they are there for the Pokémon. In what way is that exploration?

    The method of exploration during the era of “Heart of Darkness” in comparison to “Pokémon Go” are quite different. The obvious difference between the two are the set of tools. During the Heart of Darkness era, all they had was a map, some type of undeveloped compass, and a sailboat while today we have a GPS on every device possible with many forms of transportation to lead the way. Another difference, would be that Marlow strived and had a genuine fascination with traveling and exploring the different parts of the maps and with Pokémon Go, the intent is to capture these virtual creatures, not necessarily to discover new places and explore a new area. All the focus is spent looking at a phone screen finding these Pokémon instead of looking at the physical world around you. This leads me to agree with Chris Q’s statement, “Like Marlow, I believe that the driving force for exploration is curiosity; and you do not need to be curious to play “Pokemon Go.” All you need is the desire to hunt creatures on your smartphone’s screen.” The satisfaction of catching a non-existent creatures seems more fulfilling to a lot of Pokémon Go users than gaining the knowledge or experience of learning and seeing new places.

  6. “Pokémon Go is everywhere,” author Erika Owen stated. In the U.S., there are approximately twenty-one million daily active users, which makes it the biggest mobile game in U.S. history. But where is this leading to? According to Owen’s article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way,” she describes the game as an open door for exploration. But in comparison to Marlow’s form of exploration- from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness- it is quite different.

    In Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Marlow portrays this yearning aspiration to voyage around the world. With Pokémon Go, the player has no desire to explore new places, but rather the player’s intention is only to capture the Pokémon. Also, Marlow had to use specific tools to complete his voyage such as: a boat, a map, a compass, etc. In Pokémon Go, the player can use any form of transportation- even one’s own legs.

    Despite the differences, there is one similarity between the two: both methods of exploration are dangerous. In Heart of Darkness, Marlow sacrifices and devotes himself to explore the world. During his voyage on the Congo River, he travels through “the heart of darkness”- the most ominous, treacherous, bewildering place anyone could wander. In Pokémon Go, a possible effect of exploring with this game may include death. A popular form of death has been through disastrous car accidents, where the driver pays attention to the game instead of the road. Therefore, I strongly agree with Jadalynn’s statement: “The satisfaction of catching a nonexistent creature seems more fulfilling to a lot of Pokémon Go users…” Due to this virtual world of virtual figures, unfortunately, people lack attention on their real lives.

  7. Just the thought of traveling to a new area to discover fascinating and bizarre new sights makes my inner curiosity skip a beat. People usually go on adventures for a personal gain. Whether the reason is to admire an ancient city or to find one person by traveling around the world with clues that are found on the way (Walter Mitty), the destination is priority. The idea of the destination holding the spotlight is what I am going to define as the “old” method of exploration. It is one that is still in use today, but the internet has introduced new ways to plan exploration. The new Pokemon Go traveling craze has a similar goal of going to new places to gain something. The one difference that stands out between the old and “new” video game exploration is the traveler’s reason to travel. In Pokemon Go, it “ecourag[es] players to visit their locations to catch rare Pokemon while taking in the destination’s sights.” While traveling is a major feature in the game, it is not wrong to say that the places are merely destinations and the Pokemon itself are the driving force behind people’s want to travel. I admire Christopher’s insight that the game “is turning places that should be solemn and reserved for reflection into just another opportunity to capture more fictional characters.” Places are usually visited to admire or to discover new things about them. That idea of exploration should not be tossed aside for the new trend–rather, it should be embraced.

  8. Heart of Darkness is about a man named Marlow, who ventures out to the Congo River to seek new opportunities. As for Pokemon Go, it is a game about going on adventures and finding different types of pokemon along your adventure. What Heart of Darkness and Pokemon GO have in common is that sense of adventure. Jaydalynn B. said, “The obvious difference between the two are the set of tools. During the Heart of Darkness era, all they had was a map, some type of undeveloped compass, and a sailboat while today we have a GPS on every device possible with many forms of transportation to lead the way.” and I agree with her, but that we have to go on a adventure is the same. The one thing that may be different is what your adventuring on, what are you seeking, and so forth.

    Ever since Marlow was a child, he has been seeking for that adventure and in Erika Owen’s Article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” people have been seeking “their adventure” in different ways. Personally, I never believed the game was used to go on adventures and visit new places, but to go out and look for different pokemon other than the ones around your community.

    To think of it, what if that’s all the game did. It was played to find new pokemon, not looking for places you’ve never been too, that people think they are on a adventure when they really aren’t because they care more about the pokemon than the location they are at. Which is why this game got in trouble for the gamers going into locations where they shouldn’t be.

    In conclusion, I think there is no sense of exploration in video games because most games you are there in a chair, staring at your T.V., and the character you are playing is doing the exploring for you. Back then, you were responsible of your explorations and adventures. There aren’t as many tools or equipment to help guide on the journey, but today we have Maps who is in charge of guiding us to our destination. Finally, video games just puts us in a adventure, but before the voyages and adventures were not fantasy, but reality.

  9. In the article, “Pokemon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” the author attempts to argue that Pokemon Go is offering a new type of exploration for a new generation. One that allows millennials to walk endless blocks in search of digital monsters, and somehow connect with their inner explorer. While there are obviously several problems with this paradigm, I shall address the most prominent. That is of course being, people are not actually exploring when exploring with Pokemon Go.

    Unless we are to define ‘exploring’ as looking through your camera phone peering through grey concrete, as you attempt to find the nearest pixel that will satiate your empty feeling of loneliness, it is not exploring. The definition of exploring, may of course define exploring as the finding of new information and objects. However, marriage has a simple definition too- and it is all but simple. Exploration involves literally putting your life in peril and working tirelessly to discover the unknown. Would Copernicus be considered an explorer of the stars if not for the mind numbing calculations? Would Francis Drake be considered a English legend, if not almost dying several times at sea? Would 22 year old Bob Harris be considered an explorer for walking around the museum looking for a pikachu- oh wait, he wouldn’t be. Bob is not working, sacrificing or even looking at the 2,500 year old fossil on display- get it together bob!

    In Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”, the men are real explorers. While they may not enjoy it, they are staking their lives in order to discover something lost. Not to mention, they genuinely have no understanding of the area surrounding them: no maps, no Siri, no weather and no way back home besides the tenaciousness of their crew. As Jennina states “Pokemon Go is a GPS in itself, so all users are mostly aware of where they are”, so there is no real risk for Pokemon Go users. Additionally, by the end of the book Marlow is profoundly changed; his perception of the world, society and even himself is warped astoundingly. From this we can see, that discovery does not only change what you find, but who you truly are so long as what you have discovered is worth anything.

    Heart of darkness unearths exploration at its most base: murders, slavery and isolation. This is something a smartphone app can never do. And arguing that Pokemon go is just as similar as charting the new world, is about as similar to playing a war game, and calling yourself a Sargent. (Seriously, why do we try to make ourselves feel more important than we really are?)

  10. “Travel + Leisure” featured Erika Owen’s article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” which discusses how the game, ‘Pokémon Go’ has created unique opportunities for people to go out and explore the world.

    I do not believe Pokémon Go uses similar methods of discovering as Charlie Marlow does in Heart of Darkness. In Heart of Darkness, Marlow’s methods of discovering are more traditional, inspired by true curiosity, and provoke insight and deep reflection. Marlow’s methods are obviously more traditional considering the fact that the story is set during the time of European Imperialism. By traditional, I mean that Marlow didn’t have the whole world at his fingertips the way that we do with our phones, computers, and other advanced technology. He lived in a world where explorers found adventure in traveling to unchartered territory and creating a name for themselves when they discovered new places. Marlow embarked on his journey because of his fascination with Africa that he had ever since he was a child. He then became deeply immersed in the world around him. When he travelled to the heart of Africa, he began to feel sympathetic toward the “cannibals” and understand that European imperialism isn’t so great.

    One can argue that Pokémon Go uses similar methods of discovering in comparison to the ones of European imperialism. A Pokémon Go player could have been curious as to what it would be like to be a Pokémon trainer and catch them all. This curiosity could have inspired them to engage into the world of Pokémon Go. The “adventures” of a player might allow them to be more aware of the world around them. Although this is somewhat similar to one of Marlow’s methods of discovery, it isn’t the same. There’s a certain threshold of curiosity and awareness that has to be met to qualify as a method of discovery and I think Owen’s article taints those ideas to make it work for Pokémon Go. I agree with Romel M. when he says, “Heart of Darkness unearths exploration at its most base: murders, slavery and isolation. This is something a smartphone app can never do.” No matter how Owen articulates it, she cannot convince me that real life exploration of Africa, witnessing the reality of racial stereotypes, and expressing individual thought on imperialism is on the same level as walking around with a cellphone and “discovering” that there is a Survivor Tree, Saint Joseph’s Chapel, and World Trade Center Memorial Pools.

  11. The definition of exploration has varied throughout human history. In the American Frontier, exploration was widely regarded as the expansion and settlement of the scarcely known territories of the West. With the article of, “Pokemon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” by Erika Owen, the term exploration is defined to be the rediscovery of the modern era with the usage of “Pokemon hunting.” From the novel, “Heart of Darkness”, exploration is very much dissimilar to that of Pokemon Go.
    From Jedediah Smith to Jim Bridger, mountain men were tasked to discover and take note of the uncharted land across the Western U.S. These frontiersmen spent their entire lives risking all to survive and hopefully explore to report back to Congress on their findings. Relating back to “Heart of Darkness”, Marlow sets out from his comforting homestead in England to participate in the wide array of Africa, notably the Congo River. From myself, exploration is the definite term to tour, familiarize, and acknowledge of the unsettled wilderness. Unlike the American West, Pokemon Go claims to create an explorer out of anyone in this modern day. Although, a person may visit a new city or landmark, it is not in fact, real exploration. Like Christopher Q. had stated, “This game is not allowing tourists to visit places they wouldn’t have visited otherwise. Rather in some instances, it is turning places that should be solemn and reserved for reflection into just another opportunity to capture more fictional characters.”
    Pokemon Go is emphasized as simply a game to capture virtual creatures of sorts instead of actually experiencing the surroundings. However, I can see Pokemon as a similarity between the American Frontier. For the mountain men, their “Pokemon” were the passes and trails for future settlers to pass through, In Pokemon Go,that ‘passes and trails” are the actual Pokemon creatures. Both the American Frontier and Pokemon Go include the exploring of the unexplored while at the same time, finding their “Pokemon.”

  12. In the article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” the author brings up this new modern method of exploration, which involves traveling to sites and capturing Pokémon. I agree with what Jaydalynn said, “In what way is this exploration?” Personally I believe his method takes away the whole point of exploration and discovery. As time progresses people become more invested in encountering journeys on their mobile devices rather than in the world around them.

    There is a huge difference between the older methods of exploration that Marlow experienced than with the newer methods that Erika Owen has experienced with Pokémon Go. Firstly, I don’t believe Marlow maintained his face glued to his map as he discovered places, he interacted with the things around him. All these people that are visiting these sites are not there to interact with the things around them, instead they’re soul purpose is to capture Pokémon and in the process they have become unaware of their surroundings, which defeats the purpose of exploration. In conclusion, I believe that this new method of exploration is completely different than the older one Marlow experienced.

  13. In Heart of Darkness, the main character Marlow is tasked with a job, he goes up a river in a steamboat in search of ivory and Kurtz. The story reveals the troubles of his journey and the crew’s encounters. Along his journey, he finds new experiences and savagery.
    In response to the prompt, Heart of Darkness is similar to the exploration in video games because Pokemon go consists of adventuring in search of pokemon. People walk around exploring every corner of the city trying to find these creatures, so they can battle. It is even more similar that sometimes you may be unfortunate enough to witness/become victimized by crimes. Some creeps stalk hot locations in the game and there have been numerous encounters. In comparison, it is different because Pokemon go is a game and there is little no danger, Heart of darkness took place in a very dangerous location, territory which he was not familiar with, Pokemon go is usually in place of a city or a town.
    In response to Chanel, I disagree that it does not relate, I believe the exploration and danger is apparent, though it is a huge difference in content.
    I like Jennifer’s positive outtake on how they relate, I would not have tied the two together, due to the huge difference in levels of danger, one is a virtual game and one is a very deep and symbolic story. But being able to tie the two together takes a certain perspective on life.

  14. It is very easy nowadays to travel to somewhere you have never been and experience something new. With the advancement of technology and the knowledge we have acquired over the 200,000 years modern humans have been on earth, exploration is the easiest it has ever been. In the article “Pokemon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” by Travel and Leisure, the point that the video game app is encouraging people to explore new destinations is discussed. However, in comparison to Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” what is considered “modern day exploration” is very different from the authentic exploration experienced by the main character Marlow.
    Although I am an avid user of the app “Pokemon Go” I do not think it is fair to say that the game has people “exploring the world in a whole new way.” As discussed in the blog post from a couple weeks ago by Nick regarding virtual romance games, a game is a game and even though it attempts to connect to reality it can never come close to the real thing. I believe the same thing goes for Pokemon Go. I know that when I play the game I am in no way paying attention to the destinations around me nor am I trying to use the app to explore, I am simply trying to catch a new Pokemon or get the items from a Pokestop. So when the author of the article says, “You could plan an entire vacation using only Pokémon Go as your travel guide,” I think that’s quite a stretch. Compared to the exploration done by Marlow in “Heart of Darkness” where he uses his curiosity and passion for exploring as the reason for his experiences, the app clearly falls short. In the book Marlow undergoes actual explorations through Africa, taking in his surroundings and experiencing the world as exploration is meant to be. I completely agree with Chris when he states that “’Pokemon Go’ showcases society’s advancements in technology but it doesn’t encompass the meaning of exploration itself.” Yes Pokemon Go may be an app that incorporates famous destinations and landmarks but it certainly does not incorporate the true meaning of exploration as experienced by Marlow in “Heart of Darkness.”

  15. In the article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way”, it explains how many landmarks are being visited with the help of Pokémon Go. In Heart of Darkness, Marlow grabs a steamboat and goes through an adventure in search of ivory and Kurtz.
    Technology is so advanced that traveling around the world will never be impossible. To answer the prompt, the new and old method of exploration is the same because both are in the search of something. For example, people who play Pokémon Go attend to the landmarks for Pokémon and Marlow was in the search for ivory and Kurtz. The difference is that Marlow took advantage of that situation and explored more than what he planned to. His mentality was that since he was in a place where not to many people go, he opened himself to an adventure. But the majority of the Pokémon Go players do not take advantage of the situation to learn and explore significant landmarks. Their main focus is to catch the Pokémon and leave to go find another.
    To support my claim, Chris said ” if someone wants to go out and explore the world and truly appreciate it, it will be through their own will.” This is a statement that I believe in because people who love to explore learn about the culture and history. They do not explore just to be on their phones for the whole day.

  16. In the article by Erika Owen, she describes how this app called Pokemon Go is getting people to be active and catch Pokemon while also site seeing or discovering new things that people never seemed to notice before. The idea of being active and exploring are being put into action with this game, but Marlow’s exploration and Pokemon Go aren’t as different as they seem to be.I agree with what Kenny has stated say, “They are both in search for something.” Pokemon Go requires you to search for different Pokemon and to catch them all as for Marlow, he is in search for a job and discovers he is looking for ivory and a man named Kurtz. Traveling, wither it is just for adventure or anything, it is the same. People can pay attention to their surroundings and take in any new things they find on their journey or just put stuck glued to their phone trying to catch that Pikachu before he runs away.

  17. Straight off the back I can tell you that exploration in Heart of Darkness and the exploration through Pokémon Go described by Erika Owen in the article are different. In Heart of Darkness Marlow is exploring the unexplored Congo of Africa. As a child he was fascinated with areas on a map that had no name. Given the opportunity he left to explore new land. His experience there was bitter sweet. While he was fascinated by the native Africans and their mannerisms, he was disillusioned and taken back by the colonizers treatment of the natives. During the age of Exploration explorers were mainly colonizers seeking to expand a nations influence, find natural resources, and form new markets.

    In contrast the purpose of exploration in Pokémon Go focuses on finding all the Pocket Monsters. What Erin Owen’s article expands on is a feature of the game. To maintain a stock of poke balls, players must look for pinned locations on the map that are real life landmarks. This lends itself to stumbling upon city landmarks not paid attention to before. Like Owen says, “The app is an incredible way to interact with destinations weather familiar or branch.” Marlow’s exploration was exploring uncharted land, the form of exploration through the game is interaction with an already established location. Furthermore, I have to agree with Christopher and Althea that modern day exploration through an app is not genuine. Marlow’s motivation to explore was plain curiosity on what the world looked like, while motivation to explore by a game is the driving factor in this “new method.” As Althea puts it, “If users genuinely want to explore they would not need a game to motivate their curiosity to discover the world but instead it should come from within.”

    Charles Darwin, credited for proving the theory of natural selection seems the closest type of exploration mimicked in Pokémon Go. Darwin explored the many island of the Galapagos finding unique species on each one. Darwin’s purpose for exploration closer resembles the idea of traveling trying to find unique creatures, minus the capturing in the app.

  18. The article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” talks about how the new app “Pokemon Go” is getting people to visit more landmarks because of the PokeStops and PokeGyms located there. The article mentions that certain places are, “jumping on the bandwagon,” which is attracting more visitors.

    In “Heart of Darkness” the main character Marlow, has been searching for a new exploration ever since he was very young. Marlow travels along the Congo looking for this experience. Discovering a new place is a method that was used for old explorations. I do not think that the new method is considered exploring when playing a video game. I agree with what Joshua said, “It was played to find new Pokemon, not looking for places you’ve never been too.” I play Pokemon Go, but I do not use as a method of exploration.

    In conclusion, the new method of exploration is similar to the old method. While playing a video game, very few people are actually paying attention to their surroundings. Whereas with the old method, people were not distracted with this technology, but would be amazed by the different landmarks around them.

  19. Exploration has changed greatly over the centuries. Sure, there will always be danger in exploring, but those dangers are much less severe than they were in the past. Arguably, the spirit of adventure remains much the same. Danger is exciting, and so is discovery. For everyone, there is a different balance of the two. Some may find thrill in risk-taking, others may only find stress. The main difference between the past and the present is the amount of risk people have been willing to take. Discovery will always be the primary driving source. Humanity will always be curious, no danger will be able to deter that curiosity. Exploration is simply the reward of satisfaction weighed against the risk. The difference between Pokemon Go and Heart of Darkness is easy: there is no satisfaction to Heart of Darkness. Not all exploration is glorious, and not all curiosities should be quenched. As Romel frankly put it, “No matter how Owen articulates it, she cannot convince me that real life exploration of Africa, witnessing the reality of racial stereotypes, and expressing individual thought on imperialism is on the same level as walking around with a cellphone and “discovering” that there is a Survivor Tree, Saint Joseph’s Chapel, and World Trade Center Memorial Pools.” In conclusion, yes, Pokemon Go is very different from Heart of Darkness, but that isn’t really a bad thing.

  20. In the article entitled “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” written by Erika Owen, discusses the modern method of exploration called Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is a mobile app that encourages players to explore different locations to capture virtual creatures called Pokémon. In comparison to the old methods of exploration, there are notable differences.

    In Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Marlow goes on an exploration because he wants to discover more about a far off land to satisfy his long-time curiosity. In Pokémon Go most players simply go around their town to capture Pokémon to add to their collection; therefore, I would not call this an exploration. Jaydalynn supports my claim by stating, “with Pokémon Go, the intent is to capture these virtual creatures, not necessarily to discover new places and explore a new area.” I would define an exploration as going somewhere one has never been before in order to gain knowledge that was not accessible before, which Pokémon Go does not do. The past methods of exploration was motivated by curiosity and the desire for adventure. The modern method of “exploration” is motivated by trying to reach the highest level of Pokémon Go.

    A brilliant point that Benjamin made states, “Despite the differences, there is one similarity between the two: both methods of exploration are dangerous”. I could not agree more with this statement. The similarities between Marlow’s hazardous journey up the Congo, and the dangers of unaware players of Pokemon Go is a great comparison. Since the app launched, I have read multiple news articles of people getting hit by cars, robbed, and even murdered while playing Pokémon Go. It is a sad reality that some people are so engaged in their mobile devices that they fail to realize the beautiful world around them.

  21. To start off, Pokemon Go is a game to go outside to catch pokemon and get the pokestops. It does not have anything to do with exploring new land. To be more realistic, the majority of the people wish to go out more beyond than their city, but can not because of the lack of money. So the players are content to just play it wherever they can. Yes, they might find things they usually do not pay attention to, but that is more of being aware of their surroundings.

    You are too observe in catching the pokemon that once you achieve to capture it or it runs aways, you just go back to where you came from. So can we really consider Pokemon Go as a new method of exploration?

    Heart of Darkness is about Marlow going off to a journey to find Kurtz while telling his stories to the Europeans. In the meantime, Marlow gets to see new land. Like Benjamin mentioned, “In Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Marlow portrays this yearning aspiration to voyage around the world. With Pokémon Go, the player has no desire to explore new places, but rather the player’s intention is only to capture the Pokémon.”

    So to even compare Pokemon Go and Heart of Darkness is not impossible, but it also isn’t easy. So in my opinion, there is a difference between the old methods of exploration and the new methods of exploration, while comparing Pokemon Go and Heart of Darkness.

  22. In the article “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” the author discusses the new modern method of exploring. The author claims that the game “Pokémon Go” is an “Unique opportunity to get out and explore”. I do not believe having your face glued to your phone’s screen is exploring. I love how Jaydalynn asked, “In what way is this exploration?” I personally have played the game and I know for a fact that I barely took my eyes off the screen not caring at all where I was.
    The exploration that Marlow experienced in the book “Heart of Darkness” is real exploration. He takes of on a journey up the congo River not knowing what he will find or what he will experience. This is the definition of adventure not zoned out playing a game.
    The drive for exploration is curiosity. In both the book “Heart of Darkness” and the game “Pokémon Go” I can see how curiosity plays a huge roll in the exploration. In the book Marlow is an adventurous character who is curious about the world outside of what he knows and this strong sense of curiosity drives him on his adventure. In the game “Pokémon Go” People are not curious about seeing what landmarks are in their city but instead curios of what Pokémon they will find. I agree with Cassie when she says “It is a sad reality that some people are so engaged in their mobile devices that they fail to realize the beautiful world around them.”

  23. Erica Owen’s Article entitled, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” explains the recent video game phenomenon that has its players roaming around to new place in order to capture new Pokémon. The idea behind this game is to get the player to travel and explore new places—whether that be as far as the end of the block, or as far as a neighboring state, the game encourages the player to have a sense of exploration.

    As mentioned in the article, “Aside from the expected landmarks, there are a few lesser-known places that the app urges players to visit.” The idea that a mobile video game has the power to spark a person’s curiosity and therefore lead them to venture out into new places is almost hard to comprehend; but when the incentive of the game (which is to capture as many Pokémon as possible) is taken into consideration, the cleverness of the game can then be appreciated. It is almost as if the creators of the game knew exactly how to manipulate the gamers so that they fall into the trap of being another paying customer who does what the company wants them to do.

    If we are categorizing the mobile gaming app Pokémon Go as a “new method” of exploration because it involves incentives from technology, then I would not agree with the claim that this sort of exploration is the same that the character Marlow in Heart of Darkness experienced. In the classic novel Heart of Darkness, Marlow embarks on his adventure because of his own personal curiosities; he was not motivated to go to a new and unknown place because there was some other prize at the other side of the venture. As Alejandra explained, “Marlow’s reason for exploration was more genuine and he wanted to see and learn about new things without a distraction like a phone.” In the book, Marlow had been dreaming of partaking in an adventure since he was a little boy; his spirit was filled with curiosity for travel for the right reasons.

    Not to say that Pokémon Go players embark on their hunting adventures for the wrong reasons, but their reasons are different because of the different situations. When comparing these two ideas of exploring, it is difficult to come to a conclusion as to how they differ from each other. From my point of view, it is like comparing apples and oranges; these two methods of exploration are very alike, yet very different.

  24. In the article called “Pokemon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” by Erika Owen, she talks about how Pokemon Go has taken over the world. The writer states “With so many PokeStops and PokeGyms located at city landmarks, the craze is an unique opportunity to get out and explore while also indulging your ’90s nostalgia.” The article briefly goes into how Companies are using Pokemon Go to advertise and promote their business and how you can essentially plan an entire vacation using only Pokemon Go as your travel guide. While taking into consideration Jennifer’s prompt I believe I believe that old methods of exploration and current methods of exploration using Pokemon Go both have some similarities, but mostly differences. As Cassie stated “The past methods of exploration were motivated by curiosity and the desire for adventure.” I agree with her statement, comparing specifically Pokemon Go as today’s modern exploration I believe it greatly differs from old methods of exploration. I believe that both old and new methods of explorations are for adventure, but with Pokemon Go people are less motivated by the journey and more motivated by the PokeBalls and potential Pokemon. They spend so much time glued to their phones rather than observing the world around them. So much so, that so far there have been several accidents and deaths due to Pokemon Go. That being said, some people playing are not focusing on the exploration, but rather their screen. While some argue that it allows players to explore new terrains I firmly believe that they only care about the virtual world they are stuck in.

  25. We would all like to believe that we are explorers in our right but the the vast difference between being an explorer in the time of “Heart of Darkness” and while we play a video game is to great. When we think of exploration we should think of the amazon forest or the deep depths of the ocean. The statue you see all the time on your way home but only pay attention to now that it is a poke stop probably doesn’t size up well in comparison. When we analyze both the story and the the video game Pokemon Go all we can really do is break down just how little they have in common. In the Heart of Darkness we fallow a man named Marlow who wants nothing more than to explore the unexplored ever since he was a child. He makes his dream a reality when he travels to the Congo in order to work for a company whose purpose is to collect ivory. Pokemon Go on the other takes your average joe and has them look at a screen while they walk around populated areas. I play Pokemon Go myself but never have i thought of it as a form of exploration, only a pass time activity.

    As Karen had said “to even compare Pokemon Go and Heart of Darkness is not possible.” I have to completely agree with this statement. Marlow goes out of his way to obtain a deeper understanding of man wether he wanted it or not while Pokemon Go players walk around to get some much needed exercise. I suppose exploration can be viewed in many different ways but in this case exploring the unexplored to man as a whole is true exploration.

  26. In the Article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way.”, it talks about the way that people have been playing Pokemon Go and how it has help them in exploring new areas but also doing it unsafe. I have to agree with Karen when she says that pokemon go is mot ment to be used to explore new land, its just a game that allowed people to find Pokémon. I personally played this game with my friends and we were only playing to see who had the better PokéDex. It was never really about exploration. But it does have some similarities to being like old exploration because you eventually can stumble in to areas of your neighborhood that you’ve never seen before. That has happened to many people in my neighborhood, and then you can also find disturbing things such as a dead body. But there are others way as well, such as meeting new people and experiencing new things. You are still technically exploring the world!

  27. The biggest difference between the exploration of Pokemon and Marlow is that Marlow went exploring for educational purposes and curiosity. With the Pokemon game most people who go out “exploring” are really only going out to find the Pokemon, I’m sure there are a handful of people that actually do enjoy finding the new landmarks but for the most part, would anyone really go out of there way to go “explore” their neighborhood? I do not believe so. The application has good intentions of trying to get kids moving and out of the house but to try to compare it to what Marlow was doing is unfair. Marlow’s reasoning to go and explore where not to go capture rare animals but to experience something new. In the article “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way”, by Erika Owen, Owen tries to make Pokemon Go a sort of new way for people to go out on vacations, if I were to go on a vacation my first instinct would not be to catch a virtual animal that has no value. The game will get old and people will get tired of seeing the same things repeatedly daily. I agree with Alejandra’s statement “The real definition of exploration is to find new places and new things that inspire you or change your way of looking at things, not trying to find a rare Pokémon.”

  28. Back in the time of Heart of Darkness, there were still new lands to discover and places to see. Nowadays if you wanted to know what a different country looked like, all you would have to do is a simple Google search. Of course back then in the Imperialistic era, traveling to far off places was no easy feat and required long tiring voyages. But today, you can easily buy a plane ticket to travel to the same places that Marlow and Kurtz went. A lot of the world has already been explored and is known. There is no new frontier on Earth, that is why there is pressure to go to space. To find new places on Earth, we would need to have on a new lens, or a smartphone.

    The Pokémon Go craze is still very well alive and thriving. People have been able to discover new parts of their towns thanks to app. Normally, people have their eyes stuck on their phones and getting lost in their virtual world of the internet. But with Pokémon Go, they are able to notice small details about their world with the help of their little Pokémon. The game has most definitely built a sense of community with the users of the game, and together they can travel across the lands searching far and wide for Pokémon while discovering new quirks about their city.

    Today it is not possible to do the great voyages that Kurtz did in Heart of Darkness. There is nothing left to explore, and if there was it would not be accessible to the everyday man. We cannot just hitch a ride on a boat and aimlessly travel, that’s not the world we live in. But with our phones, we can travel through the already known and discover new Pokémon. We are still able to have the fun of the adventure, but it is just to a less dangerous degree. Like Collin E. said, “the spirit of adventure remains much the same”. People are still going off on these adventures of discovery, but they are doing it without the racism and imperialistic ways of Heart of Darkness. So although we may be adventuring in different ways than Marlow, the thrill of the hunt for Pokémon can be as exciting as the ivory hunt, it is just done without posing a threat to the existence of a species.

  29. Methods of exploration has changed throughout the years, today humans are more dependant on technology to do it for them rather than experiencing it first hand. Now a new video game, Pokemon Go, has gotten everybody up off their couch and out the door. In the article, “Pokémon Go Has People Exploring the World in a Whole New Way” by Erika Owen, explains the growing popularity of Pokemon Go and how it’s bringing everyone outside. In a way it is a tool for exploration, but the whole time the player’s face is glued to a screen.

    The players are not purposely going out to these landmarks/Pokestops (places to collect pokeballs and other items) to enjoy them, they are only there to catch the pokemon. The whole objective of the game is to catch the most and the rarest pokemon to add to their collection. The makers of the game also made it so the spawn locations of most pokemon are located within heavily populated areas. It doesn’t encourage players to go places where no one’s been before but in a way they are still exploring places they haven’t been to themselves.

    In Heart of Darkness, Marlow goes into uncharted territory and risks his life just to explore The Congo first hand, to add Alex writes, “The exploration that Marlow experienced in the book “Heart of Darkness” is real exploration.” Marlow goes out to explore to fuel his drive for curiosity, not his need for a Pikachu.

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