Hollywood + Silicon Valley: Mindwiping For Thee, But Not For Me
Apple CEO Tim Cook was quoted saying he does think one can overuse a device and that he keeps his nephew away from social networks. Hollywood has the same attitude.
This is hardly breaking news; it is worth highlighting early and often.
I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on. There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network.
Childless Tim Cook will, however, work his company into overdrive to optimize those iPhones and iPads for social networks that Facebook co-founder Sean Parker noted is doing lord knows what to children.
This didn’t come as a shock to me. One Emmy-winning executive producer I worked for practiced a similar approach of keeping his vulnerable kids away from the content he and others in his circle would make for the couch-surfing masses. He makes shows that are pozzed yet tame compared to the worst stuff out there. In some ways, my old boss's content is more dangerous because it's smoothly packaged for the mainstream and isn't looking for those kinds of headlines. Like Coca-Cola quietly changing a few ingredients.
The meta-commentary here is that many of the most influential people in technology and entertainment, the very people who drive cultural opinion, are wittingly, happily disconnected from the ramifications of their work. Just remember to tune in or hit that like button, pleb, so the elites get their checks! Stay on the couch, exactly where they want you.
Much like those who push for open borders from the comforts of their gated communities, these technorati/glitterati pump out mindwiping poison for everyone but those closest to them.
Perhaps if it’s not good for their kids, it isn’t such a good idea for yours either? "TV time" is strictly regulated in elite households, shouldn't it be the same way in yours too?