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Favoriting May 7, 2018: Anya Kamenetz, author, "The Art of Screen Time"

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This week: Anya Kamenetz, author of the new book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life

Anya's summary (with a nod to Michael Pollan):

Enjoy screens.
Not too much.
Mostly with others.

Pointers to Anya's work:

Anya's homepage

@anya1anya on Twitter

Anya's NPR stories, including the recent Kids, Meet Alexa, Your AI Mary Poppins

Review of "The Art of Screen Time", by Kayt Frisch. "Spoiler: PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY - distracted driving is statistically the most likely way to kill your primary school-aged child."

Screen time in the news

The Teenage Social Media Trap: "Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook play a key role in how teens measure and manage social success; it also finds that the overuse of social media may bring added risks to an adolescent’s mental health."

Parenting the Fortnite addict: "How should parents step in? Instead of being against playing Fortnite, some adults position themselves as being for other important activities, such as completing homework, being physically active, participating in family life and getting enough sleep."

Other tech news

Searching for a Future Beyond Facebook, by Jacob Silverman: "Facebook has accomplished a neat trick in the last fourteen years, draping itself in humanitarian intent while establishing a globe-straddling monopoly. In the name of connecting people, it has built the world’s largest surveillance apparatus, rivaled only by Google."

Ticketmaster to trial facial recognition technology at live venues (VentureBeat; see also the WSJ article.) Don't worry, says the article, it's purely for the “‘development of deeper customer relationships’ between fans, artists, venues, and teams. Moreover, Ticketmaster touts the technology as boosting safety and security.”

Satellite Project Draws Airbus, SoftBank, Bill Gates as Investors: investors "propose to build and launch some 500 small satellites intended to provide unmatched video coverage of the globe."

Today's outtro music selected by Greg Harrison, the brilliant designer who created the Techtonic t-shirt (coming soon to marathon donors!).

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  How much screen time is too much for kids? Mark speaks with author Anya Kamenetz about her new book "The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life."
Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Favoriting Machinarium Soundtrack  No Label     
  Mark's intro      
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  Interview with Anya Kamenetz, author of "The Art of Screen Time"      
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0:10:15 (Pop-up)
Kosmischer Läufer  Morgenröte   Favoriting The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83, Vol. 2  Unknown Capability Recordings     
  Your calls and comments 201-209-9368      
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0:31:54 (Pop-up)
Early B  Computer Tek Over   Favoriting History Of Jamaica Early B At Midnight Rock  Roots Records    0:54:24 (Pop-up)


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Listener comments!

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listener james from westwood:

Evening, Mark and all!!
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Bas NL:

Hi Mark!
  6:03pm
Warren in Australia:

Hi Mark and all the techtons.

Can we start a petition for this show to go for two hours?
Avatar 6:03pm
Fredericks:

Power Point presentation tonight, I hope!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:04pm
Bas NL:

I'm in, Warren! 2 hours at least!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm
common:

good eve!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm
brycepunk1:

Been really enjoying your weekly show. Very interesting stuff
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:06pm
Webhamster Henry:

Hiya Mark and Tony Techs!
  6:06pm
jess:

does this mean we can't light up at concerts anymore?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
Folsom:

hi all
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listener james from westwood:

This type of shit is always portrayed as benefiting consumers. I'd say they'd be embarrassed to use this reason, but Ticketbastard has been refractory to irony for close to 2 decades.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
Webhamster Henry:

It's more like if you are scalper or give your tickets away .. you are in trouble.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
Smokestack:

What could possibly go wrong?
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herb.nyc:

Ticketmaster's face, my fist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm
Greg from ZONE 5:

When has Ticketmaster ever steered us wrong?
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chris:

no shoes, no face, no entry!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm
listener james from westwood:

This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I were Magneto. Just rip all the cameras out by the roots without batting an eye.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:09pm
Bas NL:

Scary that facial recognition.
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Linda Lee:

building the perfect dystopia one exciting new advance at a time..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:10pm
Smokestack:

The future is now!
Avatar 🤖 6:10pm
herb.nyc:

"Satellite Project finds thousands of lost socks in Laundromat" news headline
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Fredericks:

Who's watching the man who's watching me?
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Linda Lee:

the future is nuts!
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Number Six:

Hi Mark & All! I've got one for you. Anybody been to DisneyWorld lately? They scan your fingerprints now. Check our this video, Big Brother 15 sec in.
youtu.be...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:11pm
Bas NL:

The past had bigger batteries though..
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:11pm
Folsom:

wasn't there some news about someone incorporating blockchain with tickets to try to keep down scalpers?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm
northguineahills:

I don't think I've used ticketmaster since the 90s.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:12pm
GC south slope:

good evening. this show has become not-to-be-missed weekly listening for me!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:13pm
Folsom:

@northguineohills I've had ticketfly charges when going to the box office and paying cash, unsuccessful on trying to avoid the ticket fees
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:13pm
chris:

the biggest non-governmental surveillance program, i think Silverman may have meant to say.
Avatar 6:14pm
Linda Lee:

less & less compels us to support corporate cultural sponsorship! oh no!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm
northguineahills:

@Folsom, on some occasions, I've used other services (ie: Stubhub) for larger events, but usually, I know the owner of the venue and just pay w/ cash or credit at the door. (not including sports events, also StubHub if my friends didn't get the tix first).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm
northguineahills:

@Mark: That meme is so me!!!
Avatar 6:21pm
Fredericks:

Si Kahn musically representing my previous comment: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, GC south slope! And hi all! Good comments on these surveillance projects. And yes, @ngh, I relate to the book meme, too...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm
northguineahills:

Teevee, WTH is that (haven't had any semblance of one in 8 years)! I watch everything via my laptop of pad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, Fredericks, will take a listen...
  6:26pm
own crabapplesatellite Johnzon:

Greetings techtonacks
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Webhamster Henry:

My Minecraft: www.youtube.com...
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Webhamster Henry:

(Girder and Panel set .. a/k/a/ the Girdle and Panty set)
  6:31pm
Kc:

What if the child is only interested in shooters? How do you fuel that energy positively?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:32pm
Folsom:

@Webmaster I had a later version of that, I remember making a building from Brasilia
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:33pm
Webhamster Henry:

I had one that could build chemical plants (with pumps and piping) , as well as suspension bridges! And yes - those panels rip easily and cut your fingers! I had a city set up on a ping pong table for years.
  6:34pm
Warren in Australia:

Anyone play dwarf fortress?

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

In its early stages Minecraft was heavily ‘influenced’ from DF.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:36pm
Bas NL:

I'm sooo out of things... i have no kids :(
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:39pm
Phil with the phone:

@Warren tried playing DF once, probably the most complicated game I've ever played. 10/10

Call in at 201-209-9368!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
Smokestack:

RFID bracelets. Yeah, a lot of festivals are using those now. It stores all your information, tracks your location, and you can even load it up with your credit card to scan at vendors
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Linda Lee:

so to hell with Disneyworld, honestly. go sit with a tree somewhere.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:41pm
Webhamster Henry:

Meccano & Erector Sets were good!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

From the What Could Possibly Go Wrong Department: Facial recognition wrong 90% of the time: www.thefreethoughtproject.com...
  6:43pm
Nick K (Killer):

Paintball
  6:44pm
mark:

paintball. maybe touch football or other competitive sports where u take out your opponent.
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Linda Lee:

yes. go out to the skeet shooting range. yes, take an archery class. don't let video games win by default.
  6:44pm
mark:

even dodgeball
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Ken From Hyde Park:

^^ Bluh, that may have been the wrong article, but still messed-up news.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:44pm
Webhamster Henry:

My son writes video games and visual novels, so: lots of screen time!
scratch.mit.edu...
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Linda Lee:

children aren't meant to sit in one place & do nothing. they need to play & move to grow both physically & emotionally. don't raise a goddamn slug.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm
northguineahills:

My phone is constantly on mute and never vibrates. I never touch my phone when driving.
  6:46pm
herb.nyc:

Old joke- if you drink and drive, make sure you have a car. So if you text and drive, make sure...
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Linda Lee:

what's bound to happen is the growth of intentionally phone-free, self-contained communities. it's coming. watch.
Avatar 6:47pm
Linda Lee:

sorry to hear Russ has a virtual girlfriend.
Avatar 6:48pm
Linda Lee:

she's not all there.
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βrian:

A five o'clock show is so damn hard to catch.

That phrase sounded a lot like Michael Pollan's re what to eat.
Avatar 6:51pm
Linda Lee:

yes, she's cribbing exactly.
Avatar 6:52pm
Neckbard:

Typical neoliberal non-solution: The problem is systemic and affects all of society, so hunker down and try to fetch you own brood from the abyss of the ASD surveillance grid.
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βrian:

Eat good food. Don't eat shit.

[I mean, to put it bluntly.]
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm
Smokestack:

I love the slot machine analogy. So true.
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Fox:

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but a silver lining of advance facial recognition tech is the increased ability for the non-verbal to communicate and the non-mobile to direct their assistive technology based on minor facial movements.
  6:53pm
JakeGould:

Lawn darts. Put down the phone and bring back lawn darts.
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βrian:

A little arnica gel will help your techtoids.
  6:53pm
Eric Hat:

How about Human Listeners!
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Rob (Jerzcity):

Tonics?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
Phil with the phone:

I can be a techton on the outside but I'll always be a plate on the inside.
  6:54pm
Jay Goges:

I like it!
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Neckbard:

Decept-techtons
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βrian:

We played Jarts in teams, one on each side of a two-story house.
  6:54pm
herb.nyc:

If there be Trumpers, let's have Hursters (w all due respect). Tho Techtons is a good one.
  6:54pm
Jay Goges:

Who’s house? Techton’s House
  6:54pm
JakeGould:

Also I have see tons of people use basic FaceTime for sign language communication.
Avatar 6:55pm
Linda Lee:

we're the techulettes!
  6:55pm
3.1415:

Techtrons
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:55pm
Bas NL:

Techtons.. sounds a bit like daleks maybe?
  6:55pm
JakeGould:

Who plays Mine Sweeper still?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm
melinda:

Yay Techtons. It's worth pointing out that Daniel Blumin's listeners have many different names, it's fun for people to say whatever strikes their fancy.
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Fredericks:

Tonitons.
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βrian:

Téchois, peut-être ?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Put down that phone and get teched-off!
  6:56pm
herb.nyc:

Oh, Michael Pollan is at bANDnoble of union sq, tue may 15, 7pm
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
Bas NL:

'Solitaire' man here..
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Linda Lee:

btw, wishing to grasp control of what can be controlled under one's own power is not intrinsically 'neoliberal'. that makes no sense.
Avatar 6:57pm
βrian:

Analog tech-tocks.
  6:57pm
JakeGould:

Nulls. Call the listeners “Nulls”
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:57pm
Bas NL:

Thanks Mark & all!
  6:57pm
PSYCHICSHOPPER:

The tiicketron issue, that may be good way to stop scalpers
Avatar 6:57pm
Linda Lee:

as in null & void?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:57pm
Webhamster Henry:

'tecs
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chris:

thanks, Mark!
Avatar 6:58pm
Linda Lee:

tik -teks.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm
Bas NL:

Tekkies?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay, we're part of the null set!
  6:58pm
JakeGould:

I miss the days of wristbands and waiting in line.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
Smokestack:

Tekkies <3
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Linda Lee:

hand stamps!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Just don't call me late to supper!
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Linda Lee:

once the wrist bands came in, i was out.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Bas NL:

Hand stamps rule!
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Linda Lee:

thank you Bas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone! Have a good week.
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Linda Lee:

thanks Mark!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 7:01pm
Bas NL:

He, he.. and then not trying to wash them off.. days of after-joy!
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