Today I'm preparing for my lecture and class in New York.
In the meantime, there are more mass media findings this week following those of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the amount of screen time spent by kids. Despite a rating system on movies, gun violence in PG-13 movies has tripled since the rating system went into effect in 1984. In fact, researchers found more gun violence in PG-13 movies than in those with an R rating.
Gun Violence in American Movies Is Rising, Study Finds. Should it surprise anyone that kids have fantasies of violence and that gun violence in schools has become a serious problem? What if we had movies in which we witnessed people making things for each other instead of destroying lives?
On another subject, I ran across a video on box making in which the actor claims one of my designs as his own. I would have been OK with me for him to make a video of his interpretation of making my box design if he had at least been honest about it. He might have then personalized it in some way to engage in a dialog with other makers. I am curious how my readers feel about such things. I believe that if you want to use something that belongs to someone else, you ask first, or at least honor your source of inspiration. I have contacted the craftsman and notified him of my concerns. It seems an awkward situation, and I'll be curious to hear his response.
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