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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
 
 
 
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 25th, 2016 09:12 am (UTC)
I've never been into Pokémon when young but I'm having a lot of fun with this game and I reconnected with some of my childhood friends thanks to it. I'm getting quite annoyed with people hating on it just because... It's like everyone has to have an opinion on this and it's either very positive or extremely negative. I hope haters will leave lovers alone soon because I'm tired of seeing posts on Facebook of pictures of car accidents used on posts of YEARS ago blaming Pokémon Go... I'm glad you're enjoying it and seeing it for what it is... Kids usually stay indoors playing video games, now they're playing video games outside... For as much as their parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc want: kids will never go play outside all day every day like they did (and I did too, but I'm in between because I was doing both, so I see it for what it is) no matter what. This is kind of big... And not just for kids!

As for the LGBT community I have to say one of my friends just came out as Bi and the gay part of the group took it extremely well. When she told me she said she wasn't sure she wanted to share the news with this other group of friends and we both thought it was kind of crazy the fact it was easier to come out to a straight person... Everything went well and we had some reactions on camera that are hilarious! :D