• Ali Assareh

But, are they, Ken Griffin?

But, are they, Ken Griffin?


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I once walked in on my then-8 year old nephew, and he & his 2 sleepover friends were all on their iPads.


“Omg, you guys should play with each other!!” I said.


“But we ARE, uncle,” he pleaded.


Turns out they were 3 virtual characters in the same game. They were interacting this whole time!!


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I always wonder if, when books were first mass produced, parents were like, “Stop burying your face in that paper all day!!! Go out there and learn something real!”


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An alternate view is that kids now are more connected than we ever were in the non-virtual world.


Sometimes I read Issa a short book, then I play a video about it on YouTube just for the sound. But peering at the video through the corner of my eyes, I wonder to myself: “Isn’t that so much cooler than the book? It’s moving, colors & shapes changing, layered with sound — It’s alive! It’s the *new* book!”


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Of course, everything in moderation…. But isn’t it time to embrace these incredible, awesome, new technologies? Time to start complaining about the iPad, and start curating wonderful programming that’s available through it?


My bum may hurt from sitting in the home office chair all day, but I feel connected. Do you?




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