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  •  it's our journalistic gruel (7+ / 0-)

    pablum, valium. it's just a pinprick, it won't hurt. relax...

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

    by pickandshovel on Fri Nov 25, 2011 at 07:58:04 PM PST

    •  I knew we were in deep trouble when cars and vans (12+ / 0-)

      started having televisions installed.  

      Our children are so uninterested in gazing out onto a passing world, they prefer being hypnotized into intellectual coma as they ride in cars.

      Occupy The Voting Booth - vote for candidates that represent your Occupy values.

      by mumtaznepal on Fri Nov 25, 2011 at 10:19:02 PM PST

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      •  The children aren't paying for the TVs (11+ / 0-)

        I refused to get a car with one installed.  As a parent I interacted with my kids on road trips, and they still enjoy them when the opportunity arises.

        Children are generally very interested in looking out the window; it is parents who tire of hearing, "horsey! horsey! moo cow! moo cow!" who pay for TVs to hypnotize and quiet their kids.

        Of course, when those kids grow up, they don't have any concept of how to entertain themselves or their children on road trips, so the cycle perpetuates.

        I remember driving some kids home from a play practice once.  My kids and I got to discussing whether it was possible to tell whether the moon was waxing or waning based on its position in the sky and which side was dark.  [They had been to space camp the year before.]   One of the other kids in the car said, "I want to be part of your family, all we talk about in the car is where to stop for dinner."

        But this post isn't really about kids, so I must be digressing.  I guess I'm of the opinion that the cultural norms for child-rearing contribute to the magazine cover differences shown above.  My kids make their home pages BBC or some other international news site, because, they say, otherwise they never find out what is going on in the world.

        •  I was so fortunate as a child (6+ / 0-)

          to have parents who were intellectually curious and encouraged that in me.  My dad loved when I asked questions, he loved talking about how or why things worked the way they did.

          I remember driving from Philadelphia to Youngstown Ohio  (about a 7 hour drive) - just my Dad and I.  We talked the whole way, mostly about science, biology and meteorology (I was a weather geek).  Sadly, he died when I was 15, but I was so lucky to have him.

          My mom was heavily into politics.  We were always discussing the civil rights movement (this was the 60's), and Vietnam.  

          It was an education just being with them.  I feel sad when I see a parent with a child, and the parent is on a cell phone or worse, playing a video game.  It seems to be the way people "parent" these days.

          explain how letting gays marry will directly affect your own heterosexual relationship?

          by bluestatesam on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 05:23:03 AM PST

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