05.29.18- UNBELIEVABLE- video game to allow “school shooter”
When I heard the news, I was surprised. A video game maker has decided a shooting game that allows the player to be a school’s “active shooter” is a good idea and a money maker. It may very well be.
I would normally pause at the insensitivity of such a thing in our current environment, but the snowflake crowed beat me to it and forced me to have sympathy for the game maker.
You see, aggrieved parents of Parkland have asked the company to not release the game. And I get it. The wounds are still fresh.
And as insensitive as the game maker may be, I began thinking how do we turn it on them? Rather than a snowflake demand to not produce or sell, why not use the game to our kids’ advantage.
Kids are all about gaming, and using one to train them on an active shooter scenario may just be the lesson they will remember that saves lives!
How about some education instead of a snow job?
05.30.18- MISSED OPPORTUNITY- Active Shooter game not released
Tuesday we learned of the active shooter game that would allow players to become school shooters. The Parkland community was upset and wanted the game to remain unreleased. They were successful in their desires.
And while game maker “Valve” made the call to not release the game, I can’t help but think it’s a missed opportunity.
Under the new school safety law our schools must provide some level of active shooter training to staff and students.
What better use of a game not being released than to use it for kids in this training in order that they be prepared for that eventuality?
Kids will be drawn to the graphics; instructors could control the display and convey the message to their audience and the game, previously vilified, would find a positive use.
Let’s not miss the chance to have a good impact on these kids!
05.31.18- Muppets Gone Bad!
Today’s adults, many of us anyway, grew up with Jim Henson’s Muppets. Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, the Muppet Movie and the sequels have entertained generations of us.
Jim Henson’s kids also grew up and the movie they have produced ain’t their daddy’s Muppet Movie, “The Happytime Murders” has puppets who have grown beyond the simple lessons and comedy of the Muppets. They are ALL grownup, adult humor and all.
They are so grown up that the Sesame Workshop, holders of the Muppet image these days, filed suit to stop the movie from using the tagline “No Sesame-All Street.”
They lost and the tag line and the profane, drug using, violent and sexually explicit puppets may continue demonstrating their adult entertainment as they had promoted.
This movie isn’t going to be for everybody and it certainly isn’t for kids, but it does promise to be funny.
Find a babysitter and remember this ain’t your daddy’s Muppets, either!
06.01.18- Let’s Talk about It
In a week where Roseanne Barr’s hit comedy series was dumped by ABC, Keith Olbermann was again hired by ABC sister company ESPN and TBS’s Samantha Bee directed the hated-by-all-women “C” word at the president’s daughter, it’s only natural that the tone of our discourse in this society is a topic.
It may sound funny coming from a bombastic talk radio guy, but it’s serious none the less. While both Roseanne and Bee issued apologies for their outlandish outbursts, Olbermann did not.
Bee and Olbermann still have jobs, Roseanne and the hundreds who worked on her show do not. Hypocrisy? You bet there is!
When you consider what has been said and by whom, Roseanne’s tweet was an ill thought out attempt at comedy. When comedians fail they face a silent audience.
The other two were making serious political commentary. Both were rude and hateful, yet no backlash.
Maybe Roseanne should have said she meant it instead of apologizing?