MWT Controversy 4 – Kids

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?

amc 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

What adults can learn from kids: TED Talk from Adora Svitak
Will our kids be a different Species? TED Talk from Juan Enriquez
Are parents the problem? TED Talk from Jennifer Senior

4 Comments on “MWT Controversy 4 – Kids

  1. We must also never forget, that no matter the situation, kids come with built-in hopes and dreams for their future – and whether or not they are gamers it is up to us to nuture that – as Anne Frank wrote in her diary July 15, 1944:
    Saturday, 15 July 1944

    “It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I looked up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too will end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime, I must hold on to my ideals. Perhaps the day will come when I’ll be able to realize them!”

  2. I realized long ago, that the energy, money and interests in programming, was in games. I am impressed with what Jane has done, with games. I had been looking for something like that, for a long time. Here are Jane’s games for change: [http://www.gamesforchange.org/play/]

    I remember a DOS game I had to change myself, to change our world. But, it noq needs a 5” floppy disk and a DOS machine to run it. I do not know any current versions. There has been so much innovated, that was not fully used, as we evolved computers so fast. EGO driven Capitalism naturally moves on to better, before we fully use good enough. Nature of the beast.

    Sorry I could not be two places at once. I was in the last day of our ILR class, “The Wizard of US”. It used Jean Houston’s book. Jean wrote about being a “Social Artist” to change our world, with some techniques to become one. See: http://www.beyondword.com/jeanhouston/index.html “Answer the call to transform yourself and your world.”

  3. Laying communication cable between West Bank and Israel (See new miniseries with fabulous Maggie Gyllenhaal, Honorable Woman, Sundance TV) may well be a great solution . After seeing the first excellent episode, I thought about our last TED class on kids and gaming. Ah ha! Surely, spending money and energy laying cables so kids from West Bank and Israel could be connected (in games, for example) could be more beneficial and economical than decades of war, bombing, violence, and countless secretary of state trips.

    Gaynell