Thursday, January 31, 2008

Today's press

OK, so I didn't completely jinx it the other day. The piece did run in today's New York Times, and it turned out pretty good - although I'm not completely sure what the "vile pursuit" comment is all about regarding the opium trade. Neither Ira or I have a particularly strong stand on 19th century drugs, but we do acknowledge that drugs are bad, kids. The story is online here, and it's also in the print version too.

The DL.TV thing I talked about last week is up today, too. I can't embed the player for some reason (either I'm too stupid to work it out, or they don't offer the functionality) so here's a good old-fashioned link to it. There's nav to the different sections of the show across the bottom. Thanks to Scott for inviting me on, and letting me give the whole pitch pretty much unchallenged.

We also got another hit today on Seattle-based site ParentMap, in a piece called "Game On! Choosing video games for little kids" in which I say nice things about games, and a pediatrician doesn't. It's an interesting mix of opinions and gives a pretty good snapshot of the differing thoughts on games these days. Something that always frustrates me about a lot of observations on kids and family entertainment is that they tend to be overly academic. I like this piece because it goes some way to address that. Something I've noticed is that a lot of coverage tends to leave out two important aspects: the kids themselves, and the common sense of the parents concerned. There are plenty of people that will tell you "games are bad" in one way or another, and (not to pick on Dr. Sahs in this case, but she's not alone) note that kids don't communicate while playing, or whatever - but they a) rarely acknowledge that kids don't communicate when they're reading, or any number of other solitary entertainment activities either, and b) fail to acknowledge that there are a lot of gaming experiences that are social, and that ultimately it's up to parents to be as engaged with video games as they are with anything else. All said, the one thing that both Doctor Sahs and I do completely agree on is that “Parents need to feel that it’s OK to say no.”
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