I use the Bradbury story name somewhat tongue in cheek, but this article is tantalizing (as in: I want to read more). I worry daily about the balance of play (and exploration) in my kids lives. I use a picture from a Star Trek episode a little less tongue in cheek.
The current dilemma I find is that there is SO little in their school lives (though they both go to what I would consider great schools) that free time needs to be scheduled — paradoxically.
I think it extends past the kids, though. We devalue play, active play, to our detriment.
This is a class I would love (and will, in fact follow) to take.
It smashes among other things right into what I hope to use technology to do — like the picture above. I pull that picture out whenever I start to lose my bearings. We should be entertained, delighted, eased. (Not, I might add, anesthetized.)
I have an ongoing battle (internal as well as through actions) over directness and clarity. There is simply not enough of it, and in this context particularly, the modern ‘workplace’. I worry, sincerely I do WORRY — this literally kept me up the other night — that we are neck deep in some kind of delusional manipulation and we have lost the plot, that these are the last days.
The section below from Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe seems to sum up what I’m seeing on the local, daily stage — not just at my workplace but from the sounds of things EVERYWHERE…
Of course, I am so old, so jaded, but not at all distant from my previous self that I can’t fail to comment that the original BOOK was used as a business tool by the earlier we, those who thought we’d all end up in gold collar jobs, before it became clear that there were lines being drawn that weren’t as easy to cross as we hoped, that we were all playing a lottery. We thought we were stepping onto the set of Star Trek and it turns out to be Neuromancer.
That said — let’s see what we can move before we are moved off, eh?
Soderbergh doing some work on 2001: A Space Odyessy
Couple of thoughts:
1) Nice to see someone grown up and self possessed enough to both wait and then act on the impluse.
2) Technology. Am I right? All of the film was available to me within about a minute within the post… how did we get here?
3) It’s probably time to watch the movie with my kids.