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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
Chelsea: TBBT → Sheldon ball pitsictransits on July 23rd, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
Pokemon Go is so much fun! It's amazing to go out and see so many people playing. It's definitely gotten me out of the house a few days/nights when I usually would've stayed in and watched TV.
Renée: Six. Relaxation.rogueslayer452 on July 24th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
I've seen a lot of people talking about how this further motivates them, not just for increasing their physical activeness, but also to talk to other people. There are so many stories of strangers conversing and sharing their interest/love over Pokémon that I think it's fantastic. I've also seen reports of businesses actually gaining more customers because people end up going to locations they've never been before and getting introduced to something new. It's quite a phenomenon to witness.

(And this is why I roll my eyes whenever someone tries to bash technology for turning people into "zombies" and not connecting with the real world or whatever, because, aside from such claims being a ridiculous generalization, it's completely missing the point of what this kind of technology can do when used in this way. Like, who would've thought an app to catch Pokémon in the real world would turn into some a social event for people?)