May 4th is Free Comic Book Day all across North America. The world awaits for Iron-Man 3 as he ushers in this summer’s crop of comic book related movies. Comic Book Day is a great way to introduce kids to comics as a learning tool for reading and writing. Take you kids to you local comic store and treat them to some free comic books. Just don’t tell mom that dad wants to buy himself comics too.
Talk about a blatant rip off. Awful Animals is copying the success of the Ugly Dolls line. This is what happens when your products are made in China. Manufacturers will knockoff your product at a lower cost. Imitation might be a form of flattery, but this is ridiculous. I can hear Kevin O’Leary leering in my thoughts about mass producing products such as this in China without proper copyright. At one tenth of the cost of an Ugly Doll, the Awful Animals seem like a bargain. This is awful!
There is nothing like reading a book outside in the summer, an Ipad too if the sun doesn’t give you glare. Kids today will not read a book unless there is a gaming remote attached to it.
Copyright Cops is an OPENSOURCE film about copyright, teenagers & internet by by Julio Secchin. It’s an exploration of the information speed driving kids into a whole new world of beauty and violence at the tip of their fingers. Some having a hard time distinguishing the difference between reality and fantasy and some who live in a world of both. In the end what is the price of the information being fed into their heads? Many kids are seen by corporate companies as mere criminals downloading copyrighted material, kids are oblivious to copyright material, they see the internet in a Matrix-like environment of escape and free from the law. There is no place safe from the long arm of the law, the extension of government.
The free for all social experiment is slowly being corralled by big government and roping individual freedoms along the way. It will soon be more of an Orwellian society online and is already in some countries like China and many following suit, including countries like ours. There is a price for freedom. The future of many countries depend on the taming of the teenager generation as witnessed in the 60′s. The fear teenagers feel about society is not imagined, it is real, big brother has always been watching. So I ask you, who is watching who on the internet? Today the kids have a little more of an edge on the world, look at the power brokers who control the net, many in their 20′s and counting.
This is a short film about teenagers who are growing up in an environment with tons of information per second, being treated as criminals as they download a couple of songs from the internet, while trying to chat with their friends. The main goal here is make a reflection on subjects like freedom of information, online relationships and how all of this blends inside the head of a teenager, no matter where he lives.
Are your kids eating better than your average prisoner in the jail system? Sometimes your kids feel like they are in prison at school, maybe they are eating the same kind of food as the inmates. Both Burger King and McDonald’s they test their ground beef a lot more often than many schools systems. Just exactly what are they feeding your kids? This infograhic from a collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media examine the gastronomic transparency of both institutions.
How do children see space? The imagination of space was captured by kids in North America in the dawn of the TV era, there was no shortage of material about the space race in both literature and film. In the 21th century it seems kids are more grounded within technology and wonder less about space. Space has become boring to many. We have created spaces within and far less into the great void. Perhaps this is why there is less of a wow factor when they view NASA and space exploration. Our imagination has cultivated the far reaches of outer space and beyond, the void is perhaps filled by shows like Star Trek and Star Wars and left us with nothing left to further our hunger of space. We have been ‘spaced-out’.
The Fox is Black blog examines some of these childhood fascinations of space and how kids see space through their eyes and an innocence long lost. Have Space Suit—Will Travel for imagination as Alex Dent fires up your engines of wonder.
The frontiers belong to astronauts. And dreaming about being an astronaut is just dreaming of exploration and discovery. Had they been born centuries later, would Marco Polo or Ponce de Leon become astronauts? I’d like to think so. But maybe they would have become investment bankers, traded gold instead of looking for it, and then bought a ticket into space. It’s not quite the same, but as kids, we don’t know the terminology difference between outer space and low earth orbit.- Alex Dent
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.-H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft is not exactly Dr. Seuss or Goosebumps. Fear is a primary archetype that as a society we share. Instilled since birth, fear manifests into many social dysfunctions in later years. How would kids react to the works of H.P. Lovecraft’s popular mythos. An experiment of sorts was conducted as kids were free to interpret the world of H.P. Lovecraft’s symmetry of fear through drawings. David Milano introduced the writings of H.P. Lovecraft to a group of kids for a Halloween experiment in fear. The results are quite impressive on how fear as a collective is assembled and the familiarity that it breeds.
This time I wanted to try something more structured so I pitched the idea to them that since it was getting on to Halloween how ’bout drawing some monsters? And not just any monsters but creatures from the writing of H.P. Lovecraft‘s Cthulhu Mythos. Now, only two of the kids (the older ones) had any knowledge of who Lovecraft was or had read some of his stories. So, I was able to introduce the kids to these creatures pretty much fresh with no previous imagining of what these monsters look like.
The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments was supposedly banned by the government due to the fact that kids could seriously injure themselves. There are only 126 copies of this book in libraries worldwide. They didn’t want little Bruce Banner building any hydrogen bombs that might level part of suburbia. Now you can view the book online for free. Please do not try these experiments without adult supervision. If you are over 18 and still living in your parent’s basement, this warning does not apply to you.
I was amazed as I witnessed a bunch of kids flock near a Daisy gun display at a Walmart and behind that aisle was the adult guns with rows and rows of bullets. I am not a fan of the gun culture. What is astonishing is how previous generations had no qualms about guns and kids. The girls had the Barbie dolls and the boys had guns. The super-soaker is a “washed down” version of the same principal. Guns do kill and the idea is not instilled in kids at a very early age. At some point we have to stop selling this idea that guns are fun for kids and educate them about violence and how guns kill. Human life is worth something and not devalue it.