Vol. 5 Issue 27 | July 5, 2019
Three Things This Week
1. Stranger Things 3
What it is: The nostalgic, 1980s-based sci-fi thriller returned to Netflix on July 4 for its 3rd season.
Why it’s worth being aware: Rolling Stone calls these eight episodes the “most impressive season” to date (warning: spoilers). While many of the same themes dominate this newest installment, the once-adolescent characters are now teenagers dealing with everything that accompanies their social and physical development, which means more scenes about romance and sex. Mirroring its release date, the show switches from the darkness of autumn to the sun of Summer; but don’t let the light fool you, there’s still plenty of creepiness hidden in Hawkins, Indiana. Don’t be surprised if your teen would rather watch Will and Dustin hang out at the pool than do so themselves this Summer.
What it is: An app that used AI-powered “deepfake” technology to turn photos of women into non consensual p*rn. It was available for a short time before being taken down after intense scrutiny.
Why it’s disgusting: We try to teach our children the dangers of p*rn, sexting, and even of unfettered tech use, but this makes it painfully clear how anyone who’s ever had a photo taken could become a victim—no matter their age. It’s a sober reminder of the constant war on the female body. Talk with your teenagers about things like the Deepfakes Accountability Act and help them think through ways they can prevent technology from controlling, manipulating, or harming us. Ultimately, the app’s creator said, “The world is not yet ready for DeepNude.” It’s up to us to raise a generation that will ensure the world is never ready for it.
3. Pro-Life Plus
What it is: In a Christianity Today article, Tish Harrison Warren asserts the old way of discussing the abortion debate is no longer applicable.
Why it’s more than we think: For starters, the pro-life conversation is a lot more complex these days. Instead of only being against abortion, a growing list of Christian organizations have come to believe a consistent ethic of human life means being “anti-war, anti-death penalty, anti-torture,” as well as anti-abortion. Add to the mix pro-life beliefs about immigration, race, poverty, and healthcare, and you can see how the conversation has changed for Gen Z. Read Warren’s article with your teens, then together wrestle with these questions: What does it mean to be holistically “pro-life”? Is it possible it’s more than we previously thought? Does that make you uncomfortable? Why/why not? Do you truly believe every human being is made in the image of God? If so, how does that change your political thoughts about all of these issues?
Monthly Meme Roundup
If a picture paints a thousand words, a meme is worth a million. Memes are viral photos, scenarios, or videos typically overlaid with text to communicate something relatable, poignant, or funny. They’re this generation’s cultural shorthand. They usually make fun of a social trend, lifestyle, celebrity, politician, or everyday life, and the goal is often to evoke laughter or convey emotions that aren’t as easily communicable through just words. As adults, it’s hard to keep up since memes change at breakneck speed and can be quite nuanced, but one thing is certain: Teens love them. Here are six of the most popular memes trending in teendom.
- What it do babyyyyy: Short video of Toronto Raptor Kawhi Leonard yelling “what it do babyyyyy!” in Serge Ibaka’s Snapchat video. It’s the hottest meme for sliding into DMs or hitting up a new crush, but can also be applied to many situations when someone or something shows up out of nowhere.
- Nobody: me:: Generally used to show the awkwardness of being the only person in a certain situation. “Me” can be replaced with any person or subject, depending on the joke.
- Me explaining…: Using 2 photos next to each other (one a screenshot of a Twitter user crying, the other from Little Women: Atlanta), this meme started as a way to show parents’ cluelessness when their kids explain something they’re passionate about, but has morphed into being used for any situation in which the intended “audience” doesn’t understand.
- Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Perp Walk: Used to emphasize someone’s confidence while being called out or being removed from a situation.
- Bowling alley screen: Makes fun of the strange animations that pop up on the screen after a bowler gets a strike. An iteration of the “nobody: me:” meme.
- Megan Rapinoe pose: Gaining social media fame due to her squabble with President Trump, the Team USA women’s soccer player struck a pose after scoring a goal against France in the FIFA World Cup, and now everyone’s using the pic to communicate a sense of accomplishment.
Keep the Faith!
The Axis Team
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