Gaming, Zombies, Cell Phones, Internet – Understanding Kids Today…
Are kids over-connected?
A Satirical Look from “The Onion” (Parody News Organization)
Do kids prefer the virtual world to the real one?
Reality is broken, says Jane McGonigal, and we need to make it work more like a game.
McGonigal served as the director of game R&D at the Institute for the Future, and she is the founder of Gameful, which she describes as “a secret headquarters for worldchanging game developers.” Full Bio at TED.com
Why are kids obsessed with zombies?
(Hint: It’s not just kids.) The Zombie Blog at the CDC
Is it just silly pop culture?
Or perhaps a fictional narrative as an ethical framework?
The Walking Dead tells the story of a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. It was developed by Frank Darabont and based on the comic book series of the same name. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies.
The series has been nominated for many awards and is the most-watched drama series in basic cable history.
Fighting zombies? Or fighting for morality? Rick’s son, Carl, begins as a normal and innocent child, but as the events of the new world order force him to grow up, he becomes colder and competently makes sometimes brash decisions for the good of his group of friends. He is a normal boy before adapting a callous and cold personality to survive. This behavior puts him into conflict with his father, who desires to maintain Carl’s morality.
Walking Dead Facebook Page
Walking Dead Official Site – AMC
Do kids have a bleak outlook – or a positive one?
Stanford News – The Zombie Obsession
“There is this glimmer of hope that I am really interested in… Even if as a society we have lost a lot of our belief in a positive future and instead have more of an idea of a disaster to come, we still think that we are survivors, we still want to believe that we would survive.” -Stanford literary scholar Angela Becerra Vidergar