Friday, June 24th, 2011
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David Brooks: Won't Someone Think of the Children?

"Young people’s brains are developing while they are immersed in fast, multitasking technology. No one quite knows what effect this is having."
Unlike, you know, playing stickball in the street. Or running around catching fireflies in an idyllic suburban backyard. Or doing math! What about all that writing by hand, with pens and paper? I bet that did crazy things to brains. Anyway, I hereby sentence David Brooks to 40 consecutive Tree of Life viewings.

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deepomega (#1,720)

"Children are being raised with a surfeit of reading material thanks to this newfangled 'printing press.' Nobody knows what will happen to their delicate baby brains when faced with so many tiny printed letters."

Tully Mills (#6,486)

@deepomega "Children raised now see deer on wall. Wonder, why this no look like real deer in field? Children need see deer in field by big rock. Not painting on cave."

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

As long as kids don't read any David Brooks, I trust their brains to develop just fine.

SeanP (#4,058)

@boyofdestiny No kidding. David Brooks is on my permanent "and that's when I hit close tab" list. He's one of the many for whom I can't quite wrap my head around the idea that someone is actually paying them to write stuff.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Let's beat up on the olds!

Srsly tho, and no I'm NOT going to read a David Brooks column but what's wrong with wondering about the effects of whatever on teh youngs? This is what newspaper columns are for. And no that's not why newspapers are dying, newspapers are dying because not enough people feel enfranchised enough to spend a dollar a day to get on that yay-rich-people-please-keep-getting-richer treadmill.

Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder: "Did little demons get inside and type it?" I don't know!

melis (#1,854)

I'm just a simple caveman with a degree from Harvard Law.

barnhouse (#1,326)

David Brooks's brain! I wonder how it got that way.

brad (#1,678)

oh my god, i'm an old.

i won't let my kids on the computer unless it's for homework. i won't buy them cellphones.

i am all ludditical.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@brad: By the time they're ten, an hour a day on the computer/game device/tv is probably not so bad? Co-signing on the no cellphone thing.

brad (#1,678)

@dntsqzthchrmn – here's my problem. the 10 is exactly like me as a 10. she will not stop reading. not. i have to move her arms around like marionette to verify that they still work. it isn't so much that i abhor the Devices, it's that i need my child to go outside and notice. when she does, she's happy. it's just the getting there.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@brad: Ditto re my 10; providing him with old comix (in book form) helps.

bshep (#746)

@brad "it isn't so much that i abhor the Devices, it's that i need my child to go outside and notice. when she does, she's happy. it's just the getting there." Yeah, that's pretty much what I'm dealing with in my own life, and my age is several multiples of 10. Which is why I think there's no need to single out the kids– the issue is more about what the Devices are doing to all of us.

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