listen to a Father and Son podcast about screens and all the media that is on them, also games and school.
The kid is in 5th grade! He is into Terreria (video game) and Magic The Gathering (trading card game) and the book series “Spirit Animals” and all of the novels by Diana Wynne Jones – if there’s a better Father/Son podcast in the world, we’ve never heard of it.
The kid just returned from a week of sleep away camp where he made his own knife. The dad finally screened “Robocop” for the kid and was surprised by his reaction. The kid was surfing twitch and has found yet another youtuber who plays minecraft.
Deep in the heart of Summer Vacation, the kid and the dad have seen three incredible movies in the theater. Those films, in the order they are discussed along with the kid’s micro reviews are:
Kubo And The Two Strings – “Go see it when it comes out.”
2001: A Space Odyssey – “It’s very easy to get lost.”
Aliens – “Extra scary.”
Find out why the kid thinks that the message of 2001 is that the human race is doomed, and then stay tuned as this idea leads the dad and the kid talk through a complex theory to explain some of the secrets of the film.
Right in the middle of the podcast the kid chooses a surprise topic, the 2016 presidential campaign, which he has been following closely for months. His main sources for news other than his dad (in case you are curious how a kid learns all this stuff) has been “All Things Considered” during commutes to and from school, and family viewings of late night comedians on Youtube, mostly Steven Colbert. Another valuable source for his Constitutional knowledge has been the cartoon book, “Where Do Presidents Come From?: And Other Presidential Stuff of Super Great Importance,”by Michael Townsend.
Also discussed: the Terminator universe; the first Alien film; the fact that the Hollywood Theatre and Harry Dean Stanton are both turning 90 this year. The kid argues (well) that the first two Terminator movies are not sci-fi at all which leads to a brief discussion of present day killer robots and self driving cars. Then the dad brings up author William Gibson’s career long drift from writing science fiction books to writing regular novels about current technology. “Cyberspace is basically minecraft,” says the kid.
The kid’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaWHGFKZoOrjq_ExeP6Cs-Q
MegaScreenTime theme music by Magic Sword
The kid is back from an epic sleep over at his best friend’s house. What happens when two friends spend 24 hours without screen time? “It seems longer,” the kid reports to which his best friend adds, “time flies when you’re on screens.” Their screenless time was spent playing table top games like “Stratego” and “Battle Ball.” The best friend remembers his favorite OUYA console games from past playdates, “Bomb Squad” and “Hard Lander.” The Dad asks the kid’s best friend what he’s doing in his screen time free time, and the answer is watching YouTubers “DanTDM” and “PopularMMOs.” There is a heated panel discussion about the old version of the Clay Soldiers mod for Minecraft. Finally, the best friend reveals that he has just seen “Star Wars The Force Awakens” for the first time mere days earlier.
The Dad is blown away that the kid’s classmates are listening to the podcast. The kid reviews the movie “Zoom: Academy for Superheroes.” They talk about playground spoilers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Learning 4th grade geography helps the kid to play his new favorite tablet game, “Trivia Crack.” The Dad wants to talk about 4th graders with their own phones. “Madden Mobile Football” is described. The kid confesses to a deeper truth about an incident in a moving vehicle that made the Dad yell a lot two years ago. The kid watched two NFL playoff games, he passionately describes the highlights…