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–and something about design, writing, being an art student and whatnot

Kids with iPads

I didn’t want to post anything without including my art, so let me get this outta the way first.

Silent Noise (March 2012)

You might notice why I love using colors bars as eyes, like my Fantasmagorical Skateboard Deck. That’s because I really like using a certain theme: Brainwashing. Yes, brainwashing. It’s no sci-fi, as I believe the media is a form of brainwashing, or at least it’s making people dumber.

I had an idea for a short story (one that can be used in several of my different classes, from storywriting to 3D modelling) and it revolves around this. Kids being brainwashed with new media.

Untitled: Part One (anyone have any title ideas?)

Imagine, imagination.

Majestic waterfalls and crystal waters, rolling hills riddled with flowers of every color, little bustling cities in-between sprawling green meadows where unicorns and giant robots live side-by-side. Imagine every conceivable character ever made from a child’s mind, the ones only seen through their little eyes, living the life of the unspoken, instinctive, if not inborn credo of their creators: Have fun.

Have fun they did, and through this our home grew larger and better. The people provide the inspiration, the children add a bit of flair, and hey presto! A new cave to explore, a new kingdom to rule, a new dress to wear. Our collective sanctuary was built upon partnership. It was safe, thanks to the resilience of these children. Safe from the meddling hands of grown-ups constantly trying to force in their petty ‘certain way of doing things’. Are they small? Inexperienced? Maybe. Weak? No. Not yet.

Children grow, and their want for fun shrivels down to a mere need to live, and sadly in recent years, to survive a ‘normal life’ as the grown-ups say it. ‘Normal’ as in catching the bus with a backpack loaded with 7 different textbooks to a ‘normal’ school. ‘Normal’ as in being taught enough or more to graduate and get a ‘normal’ job. ‘Normal’ as in a job that you get up in the morning for, get out at night from and gets the most food on the table for your ‘normal’ family. ‘Normal’ as in a loving wife and one or two kids. ‘Normal’, poppycock. That may be the only good thing they’re ‘normally’ taught. Have kids.

As long as there are children to dream, our home will thrive. A home for little boys and little girls, for elves, dinosaurs, fairies, superheroes, prince charmings and lizard people. The home of fun. This is precisely the problem today.

Today, fun had died.

Not every media is making people stupid, just some. Here’s something you can relate to: YouTube trolls. Post a video and not only is there bound to be ‘I’m first’ comments, but someone’s gotta try and force feed their opinion into someone else. Ignorance is the new brainwashing, and if everyone’s ignorant, then bye bye individuality. (It probably won’t come to that… probably)


iPad (Photo credit: emersunn)

Kids are my main concern, as seeing them carrying iPads all the time is not annoying, just scary. Childhood played a huge role in developing my ideas. I made my own games with paper, yet they play Angry Birds with iPads.

The story will continue with some characters. Most notably the villain, ‘God’ (as he named himself), a sentient Television that’s hooked up to a brain dead man in a suit. He brings with him, ‘heaven’, a program you can hook into to enjoy what the denizens of this imagination world dream of (instead of what the children dreams). They’re hooked, they live like robots just so they can satisfy themselves in ‘heaven’, and without them the children are without inspiration. Without inspiration the children have nothing to add flair to. Nothing is created and the imagined world is at a standstill, and children are coaxed that much easier into ‘normalcy’.

Of course, this is only one side of the story… (the next coming with part two! yay!)


4 comments on “Kids with iPads

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  2. Meg
    August 17, 2012

    That’s a very interesting premise for a short story. A friend of mine had a similar idea for a short story, except from the other end of the spectrum.

    A father gives his son (who’s sitting in front of the TV either watching a show or playing a video game) a rusty old key and tells him to find what it unlocks. The son ignores his father at first but then gets curious. He starts by trying to unlock actual locks, but as time goes on and he spends less time in front of the TV, he starts using it on imaginary doors and having fantastical adventures.

    My friend hasn’t ended up writing it. I’m not even sure if he remembers it; it’s been years since he’s described it to me.


    “Children grow, and their want for fun shrivels down to a mere need to live, and sadly in recent years, to survive a ‘normal life’ as the grown-ups say it…”

    While you do provide some good imagery for this section (I particularly like the image of the heavy textbooks weighing a child down, much like the burdens of a “normal” life), it seems like you’ve already presented your message at the beginning of your story. Why should the reader read on after that? I’d prefer to draw that conclusion myself after reading what happens.

    Yeah, I get tired of the phrase “show, don’t tell,” in all its forms too. But it’s still very useful advice.

    Keep writing! I want to see how this story develops.

    • thebangzats
      August 17, 2012

      That’s good advice to keep in mind, thanks Meg 😀
      I don’t really pay attention to these kinds of things, a bad habit.

      Ok, I’ll edit it around. Again, thanks Meg 😀

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