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I'll just mention that Google has a pretty decent game to teach internet safety called Be Internet Awesome. You can harp at your kid all you want about using good passwords or what is safe sharing of information and what isn't but after they have battled a troll over control of their personal info the the ideas really start to sink in.
We try to be pretty upfront about challenges she'll face in life but it's the curve balls that usually throw you for a loop. I'm sure she'll have to face a bunch horrible, strange and mean stuff in her life but hopefully she'll be resilient and self aware enough to get through it.
How did I forget booring ass Jazz music. Let's hope screen time is as dangerous as the last Wynton Marsalis album.
Maybe the history of new media and the reaction of the thought leaders throughout history could give you pause.
Socrates warned that the written word would ruin our ability to remember and reason. It's my favorite cautionary tale warning us against the dangers of new media.
I've made a list a few times of the things that are going to ruin the youth and lead to the downfall of society here on hubski before, so here's a quick few.
Old people are generally afraid of shit they don't understand and our generation is no different
Rock and Roll
R&B (mostly a danger for white women)
Any number of classic works of literature
Another one of my favorites was the time a doctor testified to a congressional panal that the Rolling Stones song Paint it Black's beat was contrary to the beat of the human heart and playing it on the radio might cause the death of countless youths.
That being said, I'm pretty concerned about when and under what terms I'm going to let my child use social media. I know that I don't understand how young people use it or its dangers. It's a stance born out of fearful ignorance and she'll probably be smart enough to work around any roadblocks I try and put in her way by the time she is a teen.
There was a preciously small period of time when electronic music was free from the repetitive conceits of today.
I've listened to a bunch of early analog synth stuff lately.
I'm digging Los Retros. Maybe they'll put out a dope album now that they are on Stones Throw.
I've seen Dr John at least three times opening for other acts.
I don't care for most of his catalog but his first two albums are crazy strange delights. After he put out those two he dug deep into the New Orleans sound which isn't my groove.
Rocky Erikson also died this week. He was an awesome rock and roller.
My kid won the lottery to get into the talented and gifted school. I'm very happy for her, I think she's going to thrive there.
She's feeling a lot of anxiety about changing schools and not seeing her friends as much, I think it's going to be an emotional summer.
I had something else for show and tell but hell if I can recall what it was. Ah well.
Do you drink alcohol?
The Screwtape Letters make moralistic religious arguments easy to digest and fun.
This was a akward attempt to ride on a better man's coat tails. It wasn't fun and I quickly got to the point where I didn't care what the guys argument was.
I don't know if I buy his differentiation of compassion and empathy.
I'm certain that empathy helps you understand what anither person going through.
I don't think that is as often true for compassion.
I really hope that you aren't a drinker...
I used to regularly give blood.
I had a super creepy phlebotomist last time I gave blood. She looked like she was on drugs and kept talking about how tired she was and how she worked a 12 hour shift, got no sleep and just had an unsettling demeanor. I should have gotten up from the chair when I got a bad feeling but I didn't. Next time I went to give blood I broke out in a cold sweat and went pale as a sheet, I just couldn't do it.
It's been over a decade since this happened, I should see if I can get back into it.
Making new blood takes a fair amount of resources, it's supposedly a decent way to lose a little bit of weight.