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It would have been hard to avoid watching Rebecca Black’s youtube video sensation (infamous as it was) “Friday”, which was likely one of the strangest videos to go viral. The song was literally about the days of the week, and then had a strange ending with teens “Partying” aka, riding in a¬†convertible¬†car and jumping up and down. ¬†The video was eventually taken down due to the overwhelming bad vibe that had gone out to Rebecca who is a young girl after all.

Today she released a new song “My Moment” (watch above), in which she talks a bit about the experience and how she feels like this is now “her moment” since everyone is now looking at her. ¬†The good news is that the video is not bad at all. ¬†It is still highly¬†

produced, but it is light years beyond what was produced earlier.  If you watch the video yourself, you will see that good people have come alongside her and helped her revamp her image quite a bit.  There are choreographers, great outfits, smiles, less wooden 

movements, well written music, and she sings like most pop stars do now in the electronic fashion.

Watch and see for yourself. ¬†I’m glad that Rebecca Black is coming out of her “blacklisting”. ¬†Will your youth give her another chance.¬†It will be interesting to see how much grace factors into this. ¬†In entertainment, is there forgiveness for odd events?


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Interlinc offers resources for Youth Groups seeing Soul Surfer: The Bethany Hamilton Story

Click the title (Above) to check out Interlinc’s resources for youth group.¬† A lot of young people are going out to see this movie which is about a Christian surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack but got back up and started surfing again.¬† There is a mini-documentary that is also available for youth groups, but I’m impressed that Sony Pictures picked up this story and decided to release it to America’s wider audiences.¬† Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.¬†

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Why the kids are so easily “bored”?  Well, we should probably look at how they are entertained.
When cable came out, everyone got a box and put it on their tv with their special remote control, we would watch a television show (ex. Looney Toons Hour on Nickelodeon after school) then we would call our friends, go to their house (or vice versa) and then talk about how funny the show was.  That’s how media stories spread.
Now, Media Spread looks so different.  A lot has happened since that cable box, and now your students (and you) have computers in your hand with wireless access to constant entertainment. 
So basically, you and your friends don’t need to consume entertainment on your own at all. You just invite everyone over, then everyone pulls out their ipods, androids, iphones, ipads, and laptops - and everyone just watches stuff and shouts out the funniest, or most interesting stuff to the others, then they either go to the link - or try and trump the other’s picks.
Big Media, like movies and Television series can be downloaded to the handheld devices, but cords connecting to the television can share a whole season with a whole group in HD.  Download “The Walking Dead” (zombies) overnight, then watch it with your friends.
Little things can fill the gaps, and big things like Smallville can take chunks of time (and video games can eat alot of time too.  See “Angry Birds” on Iphone).  Their multi-tasking, always doing something minds don’t like rest.  So how will you explain to them that they need to process life?  They need some quiet, some prayer time, some Bible study, or some time to listen. 
What do you see?  When your youth hang out, do they just sit and watch cable like in the past? Or is it entirely different? And how can you help them balance it all out with caring for the soul?

Why the kids are so easily “bored”?¬† Well, we should probably look at how they are entertained.

When cable came out, everyone got a box and put it on their tv with their special remote control, we would watch a television show (ex. Looney Toons Hour on Nickelodeon after school) then we would call our friends, go to their house (or vice versa) and then talk about how funny the show was.¬† That’s how media stories spread.

Now, Media Spread looks so different.  A lot has happened since that cable box, and now your students (and you) have computers in your hand with wireless access to constant entertainment. 

So basically, you and your friends don’t need to consume entertainment on your own at all. You just invite everyone over, then everyone pulls out their ipods, androids, iphones, ipads, and laptops - and everyone just watches stuff and shouts out the funniest, or most interesting stuff to the others, then they either go to the link - or try and trump the other’s picks.

Big Media, like movies and Television series can be downloaded to the handheld devices, but cords connecting to the television can share a whole season with a whole group in HD.¬† Download “The Walking Dead” (zombies) overnight, then watch it with your friends.

Little things can fill the gaps, and big things like Smallville can take chunks of time (and video games can eat alot of time too.¬† See “Angry Birds” on Iphone).¬† Their multi-tasking, always doing something minds don’t like rest.¬† So how will you explain to them that they need to process life?¬† They need some quiet, some prayer time, some Bible study, or some time to listen.¬†

What do you see?  When your youth hang out, do they just sit and watch cable like in the past? Or is it entirely different? And how can you help them balance it all out with caring for the soul?

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Walt Meuller's (of Center for Parent and Youth Understanding) and His Take on Skins

Walt Meuller and his Center for Parent Youth Understanding (CPYU) is foundational for many youth ministers research on youth culture and how to interact with it.¬† So when he posted a blog on “Skins” people should listen.¬†¬† His analysis is summed up as something like: If Skins is the reality for most teens, things are really bad.¬† But he doesn’t think this is reality.¬† He does worry, however, that if teens (in the midst of identity formation) use Skins as a guidepost for their reality - the adolescents of this generation are going to be in deep trouble.¬† Click title, photo, or click for full read here.

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Great Discussion on MTV's Skins by Terry Real, Family Therapist on Good Morning America (click to jump)

The new MTV show Skins debuted with 3 million viewers recently, and the high level of sex and drug use has parents concerned.¬† Good Morning America put together a video piece (Watch the Video, the article is just plain news) and Terry Real talks about some of the dangers of teens seeing fringe elements of life set as “The Norm”.¬† An excellent view if you are thinking about how to respond to this kind of show.¬†

Note: Terry Real’s concern about how this show portrays young girls and their sexuality, with girls "servicing boys with the need to keep them…its disempowering to them."¬† Perhaps when you hear your kids talking about television and this comes up, this video will be helpful.

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