The Stories We Become

The Stories We Become

Teen Culture
I read a tweet the other day talking about how teenagers were staging walk-ins and such in part because the stories that they were raised on were stories of students overthrowing oppressive governments. They said it better than that, but that was the idea. When that mixed in my head with a podcast I heard about how my generation was raised on the notion that we as kids could fight the monster, and solve the problem on our own (think E.T., Goonies, Gremlins, and the like). So recently I have been thinking about how much the stories of our childhood shape what we think and what we do. The movies of my childhood (80s and very early 90s) were about rising up against the bullies. It was about taking back…
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The greatest shift in communication in 500 years

The greatest shift in communication in 500 years

Teen Culture, Youth Pastoring
Have you heard about Pro Church Tools? If you are pastor or volunteer in your church do yourself a favor and go spend some time there. I actually don't hit their website all that often, but I do watch pretty much every video from the Pro Church Tools YouTube account. One of the big things that they are found of saying is that we are living in the biggest communication shift in the past 500 years. Not since Guetenberg changed the game with his printing press have we seen such a shift in the way that people process and have access to information. (you could argue that the TV revolution in the 60s was a pretty big shift and it was, but that was still one central location for content…
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Just Speak Up

Just Speak Up

Links, Teen Culture
So you may have seen this Burger King bullying ad. If you haven't take the time to watch it. What facinates me are the comments below the video. Sprinkled in with your typical responses there are 3 basic types of negative responses: People who are mad that Burger King messed up the food (can you really miss a point this bad?) People who think the kid should have spoken up for himself People who think that doing something wouldn't make a difference. The first one is just...I don't even know. The second two are interesting. I am pretty sure I would say something, but as a youth pastor I am wired to tell teenagers what to do. It is actually hard for me to stop doing it in public. But…
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Social Media Help for Parents

Social Media Help for Parents

Teen Culture
I am working my way through a newsletter/seminar type thing for parents about social media and their teens (or actually pre-teens too). I use Facebook and Twitter some, but I am just not a social network guy for anything that restricts my word count. But I have been trying to dig through and pick up some helps for parents. Let me tell you this whole social media world that teenagers live in is a rabbit hole of epic proportions. I was pretty creative when it came to doing nefarious things with the opposite sex when I was in high school, but 1) the tools that teenagers have now is staggering and 2) their ability to use them creatively to keep from being caught is pretty amazing. Of course part of…
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Growing up in a Social Network Age

Random Thoughts, Teen Culture
In an article on Newsweek.com about labels that are put on us when we are in high school this sentence really caught my eye. And how do those labels shape who we become in an age when, thanks to social networks, we don’t really ever leave our adolescent friends behind. This is one of the profound effects of social networks and to a certain degree cell phones. It is much harder to get away and reinvent yourself. I keep thinking about my own experiences in going away to college. I got away, and far away, and that distance effectively cut me off from my past and from the labels that I had always carried with me. In a new place I was able to start fresh and discover friends who saw…
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