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The Decline of Language – Based Psychiatry

Posted December 11, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on July 4, 2013 Report from the field: This personal chronicle of one doctor’s recent journeys into some corners of his profession, currently rarely noticed by most colleagues and the public, illuminates issues now in the news with grave implications for all our futures. Some solutions to the basic conflict between the need to create billable records and the delivery of competent language-based psychiatric care are offered, including development of IT systems. In the popular mind, mental hospitals may be pictured as gracious rural spas where gentle platitudes and long rests restore people; or as snake pits
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Parenting the Touchscreen Generation: Do We Need Credible Fresh Thinking?

Posted December 8, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on April 8, 2013 More and more, recent press coverage is now intelligently exploring children's interactive media consumption via touchscreens. "Is this explosive trend extending to the very young a menace or boon?" is what people wonder, and the answer is usually a reasonable "Maybe a boon, but we need more research." And there follow debates among experts. This is hardly helpful. Parents cannot wait for the science to catch up because they urgently need an answer. "How do we effectively parent the touchscreen generation?" - How's a parent to compete with the iPied iPiper? "The same
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David Pogue Provides a Fascinating Vista

Posted December 1, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on April 7, 2011   Bravo, David Pogue. Your story about your youngster's interaction with the vacuum cleaner is fascinating. Fascination is infectious. So, as a child psychiatrist, I am fascinated by how fascinated you seem with your son’s fascination with the tech devices around him. I wonder, has he inherited your fascination with gadgets? Surely, he senses how he is fascinating you. Wow. This reverberating joy, curiosity, and fascination of a human relationship carried over the broadest broadband ever that bridges father and son is exactly what our brains are about and what makes us human (and IMHO way
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Schwimmer’s ‘Trust’ Reviewed: Technology / Media Violent to Kids — Parents Need Help!

Posted December 1, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on March 24, 2011   (David Schwimmer and Andy Bellin's important play Trust had a three months' debut run at Chicago's Looking Glass Theater a year ago, and is now resurfacing as a movie. My review of the play follows here.) Trust is a moving portrayal of the life-changing consequences of an Internet romance between an innocent teenage girl and an adult male predator. Easy access and privacy in real time can be dangerous. The truth of Trust and how close it is to all our lives and a threat to our loved ones are powerful. The audience seems to
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Q: Is the iPad Good for Kids’ Attention Span? A: Yes, But Only If Parents Manage It for Them.

Posted December 1, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on December 18, 2011 Attention is that busy traffic cop pivoting and whistle-blowing in the midst of the streams of information spamming into our minds. These days, the overworked cop is slaving overtime and burning out. Too many of us -- especially kids -- are overwhelmed by too much information. Experts and teachers alike are increasingly worried that the chaotic tsunami of information pouring through iPads, iPhones, iTouches, computers, TVs, androids, and other devices into our children's minds may be overtaxing and damaging brain development, especially how kids learn to pay attention. Many believe we are just
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ROBOTS DANCING IN CHICAGO?

Posted December 1, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on March 20, 2011 The fourteen energetic dancers of Hubbard Street Chicago treated us to a mesmerizing interpretation of Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s new Too Beaucoup . Clad head to foot in flesh-colored body stockings and matching makeup, the anonymous, seemingly cloned, dancers were driven relentlessly by the persistent breathtaking soundtrack. IMHO, what made this production essential viewing is its exploration of the increasingly busy, and at the same time, fuzzy interface between machine and man, human and robot. The timely dance masterpiece raises urgent points: How and where are human relationships with each
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Pew Report: Youth Texting and Media Use Explode, but Parent Limits Have Little Effect

Posted December 1, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on April 24, 2014 Cell phones "have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Text messaging explodes as teens embrace it as the centerpiece of their communication strategies with friends," declares a current Pew Research Center study. According to the Pew study, 1/3 of kids ages 12 to 17 send up to 3000 texts a month, and according to the recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 1/5 of this age group spend up to 132 hours of their week exposed to media. Both studies show that parental limits have little effect on how kids use the technology that
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Advergames: McDonald’s Videogame Marketing to Kids Is a Tech Media Management Challenge to Parents

Posted December 1, 2017

Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on April 21,  2011

  Matt Richtel of the New York Times just authored three fascinating related articles about kids' advertising in the digital age.* One describes McDonald's Corp.’s efforts to engage kids in clandestine consumer transactions by having them play free video games. Unfortunately, busy caring parents may have to face yet another difficulty as they attempt to keep their kids' media and food consumption healthy and safe. Parents can learn about the underlying current motives, thinking and changes in kiddie advertising from Richtel's second urgently must-read story. Richtel's third story describes a very well-designed scholarly experiment
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Baby Twits to Change Own Diaper

Posted December 1, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on May 20, 2013 A wet diaper detector to alarm mom or dad is soon coming to Twitter! So odd, at first. Then funny. "Can't seem to remember to change your baby's diapers? That's what social media is for." LOL. Great piece, Mr. Cooper. But is it? Now for the not-so-funny part. (I usually hate to be a party-pooper or rain on someone's parade.) OK. Taking some of the guesswork out of caring for Baby seems like a great idea without a downside. Who needs anxious uncertainty and guesswork in parenting? The clever idea is so obvious and simple,
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Apple’s iPad iBook 2: Textbook Publishing, Students, Parents, Teachers, and Collaboration

Posted December 1, 2017
Originally published by ThinkerMedia: BestThinking.com on April 9, 2014   Apple's recent elephantine entry into the textbook world is another evolutionary step in technology's reach into our lives. Let's hope that like Apple's other innovations, it aligns technology to the well-being of children and families. Apple's iBook 2 is the new elephant in the room for textbook publishing. Many textbooks are already digitized at a basic level. There are general pluses to digital textbooks, including the saving of paper, interactive engageability, customizeabiliy to individual students and those with special gifts or needs, and the orthopedic relief to youngsters who now often schlepp
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