Vol. 3 Issue 23 | June 9, 2017
Three Things This Week
1. XBox Game Pass
What it is: A subscription-based, “Netflix-style” gaming platform by XBox that gives gamers access to a library of games for a monthly fee.
Why it’s important: Gamers have always been susceptible to bingeing (remember the hours you spent playing PacMan at the video arcade in the ‘80’s?), but this new initiative makes it even easier. And, it’s now cheaper than ever at only $9.99/month. Gaming and their gadgets will continue to change and captive our teen’s imaginations, but as parents resist the urge toward “media panic”. “Every generation fastens onto something that its parents find strange, whether Elvis or Atari.” Use this as an opportunity to lean into the intergenerational tension that media creates by starting healthy conversations with your students about the proper use of emerging technology, the health benefits of gaming, and the potential risks involved in obsessive behavior. Check out Tim Cleary in the Parenting Teens Summit for a closer look at video games.
2. Harvard Revokes Admission
What it is: At least 10 accepted, incoming Harvard freshman received letters this week revoking their admission due to inappropriate online behavior.
Why it’s important: About 100 members of Harvard’s incoming class participated in a Facebook messaging group titled “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens”, but instead of a harmless platform for social interaction, a core group of students shared racist, violent, and sexually explicit memes. University officials got wind of the activity and promptly rescinded admission to the most egregious users. Help your students understand that in our digital age, the private can become public in a heartbeat. If they wouldn’t shout it from the rooftops, they shouldn’t share it in a chat group. Sadly, what these 10 students need most is a great education, one that their actions forfeited them from receiving.
3. Wonder Woman
What it is: The latest film installment of the DC Extended Universe released last week to critical acclaim and fan approval.
Why it’s good: The Marvel super/anti-hero formula, though good, has become predictable. Despite that, DC has struggled to keep up, so it’s a breath of fresh air that they not only scored big with the film, but did so with a female superhero everyone can support. Wonder Woman offers the innocence, conviction, and selflessness that’s been all but missing from the superhero genre. Consider seeing the film with your teens, then dialogue with them about why she’s different, whether there are times we must meet violence with violence, how she is (and isn’t) a strong role model for women, and how her unwavering convictions inspired others to rise above themselves. (This article also offers a unique perspective, and Patti Garibay’s interview in our Parenting Teens Summit is full of ideas of how to establish a strong identity in your daughter.)
Cavs vs Warriors
The NBA Finals are in full-swing as the star-studded Warriors, lead by Steph Curry and Kevin Durant have a 3-0 series lead over Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the third consecutive year the teams have met in the Finals, splitting the previous two meetings. If the Warriors go on to sweep Cleveland Friday night, they will be considered one of the greatest NBA teams of all-time, arguably better than Michael Jordan’s ‘96 Bulls.
Even though Golden State and Cleveland are the NBA’s best rivalry, it’s hard not to like both teams. If you don’t follow sports, odds are your son or daughter does. Here’s a rundown of the top stars from each team so you can join the conversation with them about their favorite players.
Golden State Warriors
- Steph Curry: Made an NBA record 286 three-pointers en route to the 2015 MVP. Curry is an outspoken Christian, faithful husband, and devoted father. When he walks in the gym he’s in range.
- Kevin Durant (“KD”): 2014 MVP, Durant has lead the league in scoring four years. His controversial move to the Warriors this season created an NBA “super team”, averaging over 118 points/game. KD is also a professed Christian, but his mom is the “real MVP”.
- Klay Thompson: This “splash brother” is one of the purest shooters in the league. Thompson won a gold medal with Team USA and continues to compliment Curry as the nation’s best backcourt.
- Draymond Green: The former Spartan is outspoken and has seen his share of controversy, but his ability to play defense and rebound has carved out a starting role.
- LeBron James: The three-time NBA champ is more than just a basketball player, he’s a philanthropist who loves his community and his family. James was recently the victim of racial violence, who at a press conference said, “No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know being black in America is tough.”
- Kyrie Irving: “Uncle Drew” has the best handle in the NBA. Irving spent one year at Duke before becoming the NBA’s best point guard, and eventual champion. Kyrie is a perfect example of the blurred lines between pop culture and the NBA lifestyle, scoring headlines as much for who he is dating than his stat line. Irving has the second highest selling shoe, earning over $13 million off the court just from Nike.
- Kevin Love: Slated as the final piece in the “big 3”, Love has struggled to live up to expectations since joining the Cavs. Known for his rebounding and incredible outlet passing, nagging injuries and foul trouble have kept him from peak performance.
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