Vol. 2 Issue 39 | September 30, 2016
Three Things This Week
What it is: On Saturday, Snapchat’s company changed its name to Snap, Inc. and announced the release of Spectacles, sunglasses that record short videos for upload to Snapchat.
Why it's important: Due to be released “soon,” concerns that these are another iteration of the currently defunct Google Glass project (which brought up privacy issues) are arising. In reality, the glasses are more like a GoPro, as The Verge points out, allowing users to relive memories exactly as they saw them, without having to pull out their phones. If successful, they will only deepen teens’ dependence on the app, as well as bring up new privacy questions in schools and churches (recording in the bathroom, anyone?).
2. Parenting against the Internet
What it is: Yesteryear’s parents taught their kids not to pass mean notes in class, how “words could never hurt them,” and not to look in Uncle John’s closet for fear they’d find his magazines. Today’s parents face the same underlying issues, just in very different ways and with higher frequency and accessibility, thanks to the Internet, which is why parental awareness and guidance is needed now more than ever.
Why it's needed: As Real Simple points out, “Young adults, adolescents, and little kids are all ‘digital natives,’ born into a world where connections are formed and life is lived online. They will be exposed to the negative realities of the Internet.” Though this new terrain seems wild and scary, we must stay ahead of the curve for the sake of our children. A gadget called Circle helps set Internet limits. An app called OurPact also helps with that. This article will help you understand the Internet’s addictive nature. Fight The New Drug helps guard against porn. Above all, having continual conversations about what we do or do not allow into our minds and hearts is key!
3. Jim Carrey, Pink Floyd, Solomon, & the Gospel
What it is: A 4-day Bible reading plan by Axis hosted on YouVersion by Life.Church. Read it on your preferred device here.
Why it's great: We love the book of Ecclesiastes. It’s depressing, hopeful, introspective, and life changing. It asks great questions about what it means to be human, and strangely, it is incredibly relevant to our world in 2016. Read this plan with your kids. Talk through the discussion questions. Laugh with Jim Carrey. Rock out with Pink Floyd. Think deep thoughts with Solomon. And strengthen your family’s understanding of the Gospel!
Slang to Know
Broccoli: Marijuana. Popularized by the song “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty, which became popular in August 2016 through the app Musical.ly (a lip-syncing app targeting 11- to 15-year-olds).
Bye, Felicia: Another way of saying “Bye, B****” (i.e. refusing to deal with someone). The phrase originated in 1995 in the movie Friday, but has picked up popularity within the last year as the ultimate form of dismissal.
Calculator%: An app that functions as a secret stash for files one wants to keep hidden. On its surface, it’s a normal, functional calculator, but inputting one’s code reveals the hidden folder. Obviously, it’s meant to keep pictures (nudes) private.
Harambe: Based on the gorilla that was killed in June 2016, Harambe has become a source of ironic sarcasm on social media. If you see someone referencing Harambe or using a Harambe meme, they are definitely trolling whatever conversation is taking place.
Mooning: No longer means what you think it means! It’s muting a text conversation so that you can ignore it (so named after the half-moon symbol used to denote the “do not disturb” mode on iPhone). But the sender doesn't know you've done it, so it can be rude or passive aggressive.
THOT: An acronym for “That Ho Over There” and used as a way to demean women. It carries connotations of a low-class woman who sleeps around. It became popular early in 2015.
Thirsty: When someone is desperate/eager to get something (normally in reference to sex).
Popular Sexual Emojis
OR : Male Genitalia
: Semen OR referencing someone as being thirsty
: References a sex position
: References the act of sex