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21 July 2016 @ 12:41 pm
Gotta catch 'em all!  
++ Okay, so, I'm someone who never got into the Pokémon phenomenon. I knew people who collected the cards and watched the anime, but it wasn't on my particular radar as something that appealed to me, personally (aside from Pikachu being adorable). With that being said, the recent release of Pokémon Go has actually got me contemplating actually playing it. It's a free interactive app that operates similarly to that of a scavenger hunt, where people you outside to find and capture Pokémons, choose a team, and level yourself up as a Pokémon trainer. It has taken over the world by storm, and even though we all know that this craze will ultimately die down within the next few weeks, it actually does sound rather fun. People have been going outside of their homes, meeting other people playing the game, just hearing the stories from this new phenomenon has been entertaining and interesting. It's also a clever way of getting people more motivated to become physically active by engaging with something that is fun and enjoyable.

++ Mara Wilson, Aubrey Plaza and Stephanie Beatriz have all recently come out as bisexual. In a world where media perception of bisexuality is often skewed, either not taken seriously or barely acknowledged and erased altogether (sadly, even within the LGBT community as well), it's always wonderful seeing those in the public eye come out as such. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

++ In related news, the California Board of Education has unanimously approved of teaching LGBT history in public schools. In my opinion, this is an amazing step forward for not just inclusive learning, but is also hopefully provides a safe place for students to learn about the history of the LGBT movement and the importance it has today. I like that it'll include gender roles too. No doubt this won't go over smoothly for certain parents who will be "aghast" about this new curriculum, and I expect there will be bumps in the road along the way, but I think this is incredibly healthy for kids to learn about this stuff. I truly think adults underestimate the intelligence of children, and teaching them about this isn't provocative or inappropriate because, well, it's part of fucking life. It's incredibly relevant to everything that is happening all around them. I mean, I never learned about of any LGBT history until much later in life, from both online and in college courses (where the minimal amount was discussed), and I honestly wished I had that opportunity long ago. Hopefully this will open the door for more states to do the same.

++ In case anyone has been living under a rock (lol puns), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson now has an official YouTube channel! Dwayne has actually been quite in-tune with not just social media, but also respects new media platforms and content creators (which he plans on collaborating and doing more things with on his channel). He knows what's up when it comes to things like Twitter and Instagram and such, and his friendship with Lilly Singh is probably the best thing ever. She helped promote his channel with these hilarious sketches.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: The Pretty Reckless - Miss Nothing
an idea is bulletproofelizalavelle on July 22nd, 2016 10:32 pm (UTC)
So far I'm enjoying Pokemon Go. I do walk a fair bit anyway but for sure this does encourage me to get out even more and to talk to random people in my neighbourhood which is nice.

Yay for bisexuality being a recognized thing! I'm of the mindset that the majority of people are a little bit bi. For sure there are some who have zero interest in the opposite sex but I think that number is far smaller than we force ourselves to believe in society. It should be seen as totally normal to love whoever you love and not seen as people trying to be greedy or slutty or confused or whatever rude thing people want to say to put it down.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on July 24th, 2016 10:41 am (UTC)
I keep hearing so many great stories about people meeting each other, visiting different places that they've never been before (which can actually be good for certain small businesses), and just the whole unity of people enjoying something. It kicks the whole "technology is ruining society/making people lazy/turning everyone into mindless zombies" argument in the teeth, tbh.

In my view, sexuality is indeed fluid, and the fact that there is still this stigma attached to how you identify is devastating and disappointing. At least we're making progress in that department, even if gradually.
an idea is bulletproof: BtVS - Spike creature of the nightelizalavelle on July 24th, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)
I went out for a 2 hour walk last night! I do walk a lot but this app is definitely adding to that. A few people took it upon themselves to help pick up garbage where we were (to counteract the fact a lot of people left garbage there this week sadly) so I helped out with that and chatted with nice people.

I've also heard about people wandering to random neighbourhoods and finding new stores and such so this is overall I think a great game. I do see people hating on it but really it's getting people outside and having them engage with their community. If you don't play that's totally cool but it's not like the game is evil.

I hope we make better progress in terms of just letting people love who they love. I'm so glad my parents raised my brother and I to be accepting of people no matter who they were dating. I really appreciate that now.