Archives for February 2009

Coen Brothers Ad For Clean Coal Air Freshener

Feb. 27, 2009 Not sure how many kids will tune into a :30 TV spot created by Academy Award-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen doing a riff on Air Fresheners to “come clean about dirty coal,” but … [Read more...]

Dora The Explorer: Discover the World, Not the Mall

Feb. 26, 2009 Oh fer cripes sakes. Say it ain’t so. Is Dora the Explorer getting a makeover and turning tween TOO?! Leave her alone! This "age-compression" bit is putting a new dent in my TMJ-clenched … [Read more...]

Budget Hero Game: Want To Be President of the USA?

Sept. 18, 2012 Tomorrow Sept. 19, 2012, two students from the Maryland School of Public Policy join WilsonCenter.org on Capitol Hill to launch Budget Hero new "Election Edition" engaging a group of … [Read more...]

Oscars, Obama, Twitter Glam & Jonas Brothers? New Media Moments

Feb. 24, 2009 I’ve been asking tweens/teens whether they watched the Oscars on Sunday to get a feel for the youth zeitgeist when it comes to the Academy Awards show as an entertainment draw in … [Read more...]

Deconstructing the “Eat This, Not That” Book for Kids

Feb. 22, 2009 It’s Sunday, and I rarely post on the weekend, but I have to say, I’m having a book for brunch, digesting and devouring the Eat This, Not That! For Kids by David Zinczenko with Matt … [Read more...]

Hank Wasiak on “Teens, Our Next Greatest Generation”

Feb. 21, 2009 Great book cover, eh? Kinda drives the point home to "Change The Way You See Everything" doesn't it? The book's not quite out yet, but I embrace the  premise. I know it's more than … [Read more...]

Boogie For the Babes: UCLA Dance Marathon For Pediatric AIDS

Feb. 20, 2009 Derek Lee, one of our UCLA pals, is dedicated to dancing 26 hours straight with thousands of students tomorrow starting at 11am. He’s inching toward his goal with only a tiny bit more … [Read more...]

Holy Budget BALANCE Batman! Open Source Gotham Game

Feb. 20, 2009 Carping about your local officials? Don’t like the decisions being made? Still a student and can’t vote yet? Here’s a little micro-level peek into what the feds are dealing with on the … [Read more...]

The Crisis of Credit: Visualized. Kid Vid Teaching Tool by MFA Student

Feb. 19, 2009 For every speechless educator groping for words when hands are raised with the million dollar questions…”how did we get here” and “what can we do about it?” this little 3:44 video clip … [Read more...]

A Virtual World to Be Wild About: Elf Island Tweens Help WildAid

Feb. 18, 2009 As reticent as I am to bring MORE media into kids’ lives, when I’d rather they be outside in non-electronic natural environs, I’m firmly convinced that it’s all about balance, content, … [Read more...]

Turning Up the Heat: Green Teen Videos On Climate Change

Feb. 16, 2009 There seems to be a slew of  green teen contests kicking off this week, along with National Engineers Foundation Week, and 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering' day on Feb. 19. I love the … [Read more...]

A Challenge: Love Yourself. Share Your Story. Find Beauty.

Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers! Like my 'Luvicon?' (You can make one too!) Little did I know when I wrote about ‘thinspiration’ that there was an actual term for sidewinders and commentary that … [Read more...]

How Now, Green Cow?! sMOOch! Valentine’s Day e-Cause Cards

Feb. 13, 2009 Other than the fact that this cute lil’ cow looks in dire need of Prozac, this “cause-marketing” green Valentine’s Day idea is uplifting, customizable, and fun/fast delivery for all you … [Read more...]

Counter-Marketing Thinspiration: Killer Media Cues

Feb. 12, 2009 Media literacy rule number one: Watch for extreme headlines that command attention. I could've gone with 'Fatal Attraction' or any other number of sensationalist eyecatchers. As you can … [Read more...]

Supergirls Speak Out: Liz Funk on NBC Today, Tomorrow!

Feb. 9, 2009 In the ‘takes one to know one’ category, I have to throw my own overachiever support behind young SuperGirl Liz Funk who has spent the last couple years detailing the ‘pressure to be … [Read more...]

Beyond Tech Toys: Pico=A Playful Invention Company (Part Four)

Feb. 6, 2009 Today I had the pleasure of speaking with global fellowship recipients in Stanford's Innovation Journalism Program (here's VentureBeat's audio of Director David Nordfors explaining the … [Read more...]

Teens in Tech Conference: Startups, Students & Hotshots

Feb. 4, 2009 Sick of Sunday's Superbowl banter and hackneyed sports phrases yet? One more quick one: 16-year old Daniel Brusilovsky didn’t fumble at the Teens in Tech Conference the day prior. Almost … [Read more...]

Superbowl Sunday: Random Acts of Violence, Kiddies?

Feb. 2, 2009 We interrupt this teens in tech series for a Superbowl snapback. Yes, it’s Ground Hog Day, and like the Bill Murray movie I feel it’s a ‘repeat’ of Superbowl advertising analysis … [Read more...]