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Guess What Day It Is

A GEICO commercial is causing problems in middle schools across America? (Middle school = 6th-8th Grade.) I doubt the insurance company is spending its ad budget on programs geared to children. I think this "Hump Day" phenomenon, however cute some parents and news reporters seem to find it, reflects a problem here in America concerning children and tv/internet use. FYI, the commercial has over 16 million you-tube hits.

And so there is that additional benefit to homeschooling or having children attend private elementary schools that educate parents as to the various effects of television on child development. Children are not only spared the pervasive progressive propaganda within the curriculum; they're spared the current corporate/advertising-dominated cultural status quo.

"School Asks Kids to Tone Down 'Hump Day' Camel Impressions"
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/geico-hump-day-camel-ad-impr...

Recommended Reading:
~ Culture Jam http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Jam-Americas-Suicidal-Binge-An...
~ Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television http://www.amazon.com/Arguments-Elimination-Television-Jerry...
~ Unplugging the Plug-In Drug http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/660605.Unplugging_the_Plu...

Also:
~ Amusing Ourselves To Death http://www.amazon.com/Amusing-Ourselves-Death-Discourse-Busi...
~ Better Off: Flipping The Switch on Technology http://www.amazon.com/Better-Off-Flipping-Switch-Technology/...

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It's like...

the soda commercials...we know already, now F off!

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

I think it's annoying, but clever and funny at the same time.

It's just the "Where's the beef?" of the 2010s.

IF you don't remember that, your kids wont remember this.

Don't worry about it.

Might want to lighten up a

Might want to lighten up a little bit.

I find nothing funny re the state of American children

in terms of health and education. It's not the commercial I have a problem with. It's *how* a tv commercial directed to adults should come to be such an obsession with children. There is the issue of our corporate-driven culture. There is the issue of children being used as advertising vehicles (except that normally corporations pays big money for that service, what children are providing for free). Of more immediate concern to me is the issue of children spending so much time in front of a tv or on the internet. Where are the parents?

Re health: As to emotional and physical health, aside from a *quarter of American children* now regularly taking prescriptions drugs, including Ritalin-type drugs and antidepressants for one or another learning and/or behavior disorder, children are now experiencing illnesses once associated with adults, e.g., adult onset diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, even cirrhosis of the liver http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/sugar-consumptio...

Re education: "Two indicators are particularly worrisome, especially as this country experiences greater global competition and high unemployment. American students score 23rd in math and 31st in science when compared with 65 other top industrial countries." http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/09/opinion/bennett-stem-education...
Good luck, America! P.S. This problem didn't start yesterday, so it's not only children who don't measure up: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/08/literac...
See also: Tough Choices or Tough Times (a report on the skills of American workers) http://www.amazon.com/Tough-Choices-Times-Commission-Workfor...

"Today's children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices... It is important for kids to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imaginations in free play." http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-init...

I agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation as per the above article that tv's, video games, and computers be kept out of children's rooms. (It seemed sad, if not pathetic, that they would even need to recommend to parents to turn off the tv during dinner. Do family members these days *ever* give each other their full attention?) As to amount of daily media use, except where required for schoolwork I agree with the recommendation of teachers in over a thousand private schools: no media for younger children; as of elementary school, media on weekends only.

If you find out that children are beginning to fare better, let me know, okay? So I can stop being concerned when I see things that directly or indirectly reflect some of the underlying issues.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

You make some good points,

You make some good points, and I try to be conscientious when it comes to my kids and the tv or electronics. But you gotta admit, that's one funny commercial. HUMP DAY! YEAH!

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman...

http://www.amazon.com/Amusing-Ourselves-Death-Discourse-Busi...

to add to your list

"Damn the pandas, full steam ahead"

-Admiral David Farragut

We watched tragedy unfold

We watched tragedy unfold
We did as we were told
Bought and sold

It was the greatest show on Earth
but then it was over

We ooohed and ahhhed
We drover our racing cars
We ate our last few jars of caviar

Then somewhere out there in the stars,
a keen-eyed lookout spied a flickering light

Our last hurrah, our last hurrah

And when they found our shadows
around the tv sets
They checked out every lead
They repeated every test
and still the alien anthropologists
admitted they were still perplexed

They'd eliminated every other reason for our sad demise

alas, the only explanation left...

This specie has amused itself to death

Roger Waters album, Amused to Death was inspired by the book you refer to.

Just had to share

and since you're in Taiwan right now (I think)

Watching TV, from the same album...

"...they turned Formosa into a shoe factory called Taiwan..."

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

Amusing Ourselves To Death

Thanks. I can't believe I never read that book, his most famous. I have two others of his - Technopoly and Conscious Objections. Neil Postman actually wrote a few books I need to put on my list. If not directly related to children, I thought of another. It's great - written, no less, by an M.I.T. alum. Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology. The author, Eric Brende, wondered if maybe there weren't some downsides to technology that we weren't taking into consideration, so... related to his thesis (in the Science, Technology, and Society dept), he went and lived in something akin to an Amish community for a year and a half.

As to your comment below, truly I thought you were joking when you mentioned a Progressive commercial with Flo as a back alley prostitute. I couldn't believe it. I googled "progressive commercial flo back alley"... and it came up. LOL

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I miss the GEICO commercials with the pig on girl sex jokes...

But then again, the Progressive commercials where Flo is a back-alley prostitute are pretty heartwarming as well.

State Farm is going to have to come up with something good if they want to compete - maybe necrophilia or baby-raping to sell their insurance product???

"Damn the pandas, full steam ahead"

-Admiral David Farragut