This episode is being released on March 13, 2018 but will be back dated to December 3rd, 2017 because that was the day it was recorded. (The Dad would like to apologize for sitting on this episode for 3 months, but his computer died and we moved to a new home)
Listen! to a father and son podcasts.
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