"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wi-Fi, Children, and Democracy

There are many great reasons to avoid becoming part of the screen-sucking generation of alienated zombies: psychological reasons, developmental reasons, physical reasons, socio-cultural reasons, and even economic reasons.  

One of the best books on the subject is by Sherry Turkle, who lays out the case for becoming activists to save our children and the next generation of humans before it's too late.  

Turkle quotes verbatim this scene below of Louis C.K. on Conan O'Brien's show talking about why he does not buy cell phones for his kids:

Below is an Australian report examining the dangers of Wi-Fi for childen:

It's time to get in this battle in a serious way.  We can stop the cynical and greedy sonsofbitches who want to ruin our children and ruin our democratic values.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:17 PM

    As a spectator of the electoral circus, I have come to question the shared democratic values mantra. I have little in common with white supremacists, neo-Nazis and make America great againers. On the other hand, I am sickened by the avarice and greed of the well heeled clientele of hedge funders and derivative producers. I probably share some values with a select set of left wingers, but the characterization of Americans as residing under a canopy of democratic values is overwrought.

    Abigail Shure