Something Wicked This Way Comes

Dunno about you, but I think there’s something wrong with training kids to develop brain tumours before they even realize they have a brain…

Hasbro ChatNowIt’s a sick concept, but according to engadget, Hasbro has introduced a walkie-talkie based cell phone for 8 to 12 year olds. It’s pretty cool, actually, and can do photo and text messaging. But there’s just something wrong with giving a device like this to a little kid. I mean, it’s like those old Popeye cigarettes: cute, but derivative of all that’s wrong with society.

I mean, there are reports that cell phones alter DNA and harm blood cells. So do we really want to train kids to use these things?

It’s strange. Cell phones are marketed to parents as the ultimate security device. You can track your kid wherever they might be. Is modern life that bad? (It still escapes me how you might save your kid from a paedophile even if he manages to somehow notify you of the situation and you’re on the other side of the city – but that might just be me questioning the perfect logic of marketers. So never mind.)

When I was 11 years old I escorted my two little sisters to school on the streetcar in downtown Toronto (along Queen Street, to Brant Street) every day and we never had a problem. Has society become so hardcore fuct up that we need to run tracers on our kids all the time? Heck, if that’s the case, life in the Horse starts looking pretty good.

Really, what we need to do is reduce our focus as a society on gadgets that might protect us from the evil people and just figure out how to give the evil people a hand. After all, they’re really just people who can’t afford gadgets to protect themselves from evil people, right?

2 thoughts on “Something Wicked This Way Comes

  1. Hey! About that accompanying your 2 sisters to school— I’m glad you didn’t say “willingly” cuz I remember watching you try to sneak out of the house before the girls had their coats of. But I won’t tell anybody. A friend from (near) Kingston was here for a week and she said when she saw 3 8-9 year old boys on the bus with their sleds on their way to some hill that no one would let their kids out like that on their own where she comes from. Where did all these pedophiles come from anyway?

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