A woman named Lynsee just gave birth online and I didn't watch. Perhaps it is a testament to how greatly I'm affected by the stories of loss I've read, but knowing what can go wrong in birth, I didn't want to witness a live-feed of emotional anguish. Also a testament to how greatly influenced I am by my own story and those of others in the community, knowing what can go right in birth, I didn't want to witness their enormous joy knowing how out-of-reach it is for 7.3 million Americans.
BlogHer's Shannon wrote an insightful post looking into preschool television shows back in January. But what about television that tweens and teens watch? Television that you and I watch (or will watch someday) with our kids? I'm not talking about individual shows, I'm talking about television in general. With a gazillion channels to choose from and DVRs abounding, one can certain insulate against undesirable shows easily. But what about our kids?
ABC's Supernanny is back on the air tonight, launching its sixth season of naughty chairs full of wild things. I'm happy Nanny Jo is returning. I don't watch it every Friday, but I do like a little Supernanny now and again because it stirs up a juicy conflict for my inner reality-show-loving child.
Here are a few of the choice quotes that struck my fancy on this weeks episode:
"life goes on, its a competition, and someone has to go home" states Korto when describing how "sad" she is that Emily has been sent home. Not looking for life long friends I guess.
I hate American Idol. It is vile and phony and destructive.
I've never even watched an entire episode. I tried to, but I couldn't take it.
I hate "AI" (which is also aptly the acronym for Artificial Intelligence) because of the effect I see it has on people.
Here are my particular reasons:
Reason #1: Idols are bad and we have too many of them already.
A month ago, I did a post on the new reality television show called Kid Nation. I was basically horrified as I learned that the children on this show were exploited by their parents, who signed lengthy contracts allowing their children to participate. The kids were given little supervision, and the parents agreed to not hold the show’s producers responsible if the children got sick or injured. The show may have violated labor and safety laws. Yikes.
I openly admit to being a reality television fan. My favorites are Survivor and Amazing Race, but just about any reality show will do. So when I saw commercials for this new show called “Kid Nation,” I was intrigued. 40 kids, ages 8 to 15, in a “ghost town” outside Santa Fe for 40 days, creating and living in their own little community.
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