Vol. 3 Issue 17 | April 28, 2017
Three Things This Week
1. ESPN Cuts
Why it’s important: From spunky upstart to global media giant, ESPN has come under fire for becoming the TMZ of sports, sensationalizing athletics by emphasizing polarizing personalities (Stephen A. Smith) as click bait. Quality journalism is being drowned out by “who can scream the loudest”. It’s less sports, more tabloid drama. It’s why Tim Tebow is in today’s headlines for batting .246 in the minor leagues! Worse yet for ESPN, the internet is equalizing content by allowing digital platforms like Twitter and Amazon to live stream the NFL. ESPN, like culture at large, is contributing to and suffering from a critical loss of thinking, dwindling attention spans, and polarizing conversations that seek to entertain rather than prompt meaningful, thoughtful engagement.
2. Lord of The Fyre Festival
What it is: A V.I.P. music weekend on a private island in the Bahamas, Fyre was cancelled today due to disorganization and mass chaos.
Why it’s important: Lured to the Bahamas by the siren song of Instagram models Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kendall Jenner, affluent, young millennials paid between $1,500 and $12,000 for a first class, “once-in-a-lifetime musical experience” complete with private jets, luxury accommodations, and culinary delights. Instead, they found feral dogs, pop-up tents, cancelled performances, and stale cheese sandwiches. The festival built on Instagram spent most of today dying on the same platform. Use this cautionary tale to remind your students that often the distance between overhyped absurdity and reality makes fools of us all. And while the schadenfreude is justifiable, how often have we been seduced by the unfulfilled promises of politicians, technological advances, or romantic relationships in our own search for meaning, purpose, and identity?
3. Write Your Teen a Note
What it is: In a conversation this week with our friend, author and speaker, Dr. Kathy Koch, she blew us away with a practical tip to connect with your teen.
Why it’s important: Starting conversations with your kids about screen time, cyberbullying, relationships, or sexting can not only feel awkward for you but can make them feel ambushed or trapped. Remove some of that tension by writing her a note, something like “Hey Emily, I’d love to hear how your day went, as well as chat about your new relationship with Jacob. I’ll probably head to bed around 10:00 p.m., so come grab me when you are ready to talk! Love, Mom.” By approaching conversations this way, your teen will feel respected, and have the opportunity to prep for the conversation. Try it and let us know how it goes! And, check out more tips from Dr. Koch at our encore presentation of the Parenting Teens Summit.
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Top 10 Music
Students are constantly trying to make sense of a world that to them, often doesn’t make sense at all. And pop music is generally the one outlet that expresses and explores their emotions and experiences. Trending songs are a sneak peak into their minds and hearts. Here’s this week’s top 10 songs on iTunes as listed by PopVortex. Listen to a few of them and ask yourself why your students might be drawn to these anthems.
1. I’m The One by DJ Khaled (featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo & Lil Wayne)
2. Despacito by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (featuring Justin Bieber)
3. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
4. HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar (warning: explicit content)
5. Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt
6. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
7. Thunder by Imagine Dragons
8. Issues by Julia Michaels
9. It Ain’t Me by Kygo & Selena Gomez
10. Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur
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