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Lance Mannion: Falling in love with a life of adventure when the grown-ups want you to go into accounting
The problem these articles are identifying is this:  What are our kids doing instead of doing what we want them to be doing at the moment?

The problem with the problem, though, is that what we want them to be doing is preparing to be forty-five years old.

The kids are all right and they’re no fools.  They know what we want them to do and they don’t like it much.

The real problem is that there is no alternative for them between preparing to be forty-five and sitting around bored to tears all day.

So they compromise.  That is, they offer a teenager’s version of compromise, which is to put off doing what the adults want them to do by promising to do it later.  Then they sit around bored to tears, looking for ways to distract themselves from their boredom.
education  technology  children  teenager  moral-panic  technology-effects  pedagogy  high-school  adolescence  creativity 
november 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Christine O'Donnell, Mike Warnke and the imaginary Satanists
The oddest thing to me about Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's "I Was A Teenage Witch" claims is that so much of the reaction has accepted her claim that such a thing might be possible.

It is not. Her claims of "dabbling" in what she called "witchcraft" are not true. The supposed witchcraft she describes is not something that exists. Such stories of bloody altars and Satanic covens are common and they are false. All of them. That is a matter of established fact.

The supposed witchery O'Donnell describes is simply the stuff of Satanic panic urban legends. Her descriptions come straight out of the fabrications of proven liar and con-man Mike Warnke. He made this stuff up. Her claims are about as credible as if she had said that she once conjured Bloody Mary by repeating her name three times in the bathroom mirror
politics  satanism  moral-panic  panic  propaganda  evangelical  psychology  belief 
october 2010 by tsuomela
zigzigger: On the History of Media and the "Attention Span"
If you have an interest in cultural media history, if you like Sesame Street and music videos, or if you have found the recent discussions about whether the internet makes you stupid or smart to be worth your scarce attention, you might be interested in my newly published work: “New Media, Young Audiences, and Discourses of Attention: From Sesame Street to ‘Snack Culture’” Media Culture & Society 32.4 (July 2010), 582-596. In this essay I trace the history of the “attention span” as it pertains to media from the early days of Sesame Street to the present, charting the process whereby media crafted to suit short attention spans of the young came to be blamed for shrinking the collective attention span of whole generations and societies.
media  history  attention  research  moral-panic  popular  culture 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Sex laws: Unjust and ineffective | The Economist
Publicly accessible sex-offender registries are intended to keep people safe. But there is little evidence that they do. A study by Kristen Zgoba of the New Jersey Department of Corrections found that the state’s system for registering sex offenders and warning their neighbours cost millions of dollars and had no discernible effect on the number of sex crimes.
sex  punishment  crime  america  moral-panic 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Weedy Garden of Familyhood « Easily Distracted
On the other hand, I think he’s missing something new about contemporary middle-class childhood. Sometimes, yes, it’s about ferrying the kids between contained, safe experiences. But also, I think that a lot of middle-class family life is now about the simultaneous adventures of children and adults, that children and adults are sharing far more of their experiences.
children  culture  moral-panic  risk  bias 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Manhood for Amateurs: The Wilderness of Childhood - The New York Review of Books
There are reasons for all of this. The helmeting and monitoring, the corralling of children into certified zones of safety, is in part the product of the Consumer Reports mentality, the generally increased consciousness, in America, of safety and danger. To this one might add the growing demands of insurance actuarials and the national pastime of torts. But the primary reason for this curtailing of adventure, this closing off of Wilderness, is the increased anxiety we all feel over the abduction of children by strangers
children  culture  moral-panic  risk  bias 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Barriers to understanding Twitter | Made By Many - London based next generation social media digital agency
Taking down some of the silly things said against Twitter. Such as “Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.” ?!?
twitter  journalism  media  psychology  experience  moral-panic  technology-adoption 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Citizendium Blog » How to keep Google from making us stupid
In the radio discussion, Carr maintained that there was basically nothing we could do about the ongoing and worsening dumbing-down of our civilization. I find his pessimism depressing and fatalistic. As I pointed out on, if we cannot focus well enough to read difficult books and take deep ideas on board, this is a self-created state:
internet  culture  technology  technology-effects  moral-panic 
august 2008 by tsuomela
The Critics Need a Reboot. The Internet Hasn't Led Us Into a New Dark Age.
When in doubt, blame the latest technology. Socrates thought the advent of writing would wreak havoc on the powers of the mind. Christian theologians denounced the printing press as the work of the devil. The invention of the telephone was supposed to make letter-writing extinct, and the arrival of the train — and later the car and plane — was going to be the death of community.

Now comes a technological bogeyman for the 21st century, this one responsible for a supposed sharp uptick in American shallowness and credulity: the Internet and its digital spawn.
internet  culture  technology  technology-effects  moral-panic  gloom-and-doom 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Marwick - To Catch a Predator? The MySpace Moral Panic
This paper examines moral panics over contemporary technology, or “technopanics.” I use the cyberporn panic of 1996 and the contemporary panic over online predators and MySpace to demonstrate links between media coverage and content legislation.
online  behavior  risk  moral-panic 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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