Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays from MYA!

As our young staff gets us into foursquare, Google+ and Twitter, I loved the You Tube video my best friend from college sent yesterday.  If you haven't seen it already, check out Digital Christmas Story. If you're in the midst of celebrating Hanukkah, maybe there are some good You Tube link, too?

With all the options for getting information about MYA now, I'd love to hear where everyone gets their information.  I listened to part of an interesting interview with Tom Brokaw yesterday on NPR.  Think he was talking about his new book, The Time of Our Lives, but the part I heard was his thoughts on the huge changes in journalism over the course of his career, from CBS and NBC having a monopoly on the news, to information from every part of the world, and every spectrum of opinion available at the click of a mouse.  Asked what he thought of the changes, he said it might surprise everyone, but he thought it was great.  However, the challenge today is filtering everything to determine what is real and what will last.  

Between running another errand, I heard him give another example that illustrates a huge change.  Didn't catch where the school was, but before President Obama could go in and speak to the students, there was a big discussion of what he was he planned to say and what he should say to the students.  Brokaw said, could you imagine this scenario if either Kennedy or Reagen were going to speak in a school? He said the irony is that students could go to the internet today and read and hear anything.  So, it seems that the important job of parents and teachers today is to teach children how to question and analyze everything they read and see. 

With all the changes in technology, I'm struck by the fact that music is still literally black and white notes on a page, and sounds as it is written, with only variations in interpretation.  Your thoughts?
 Photos today are from our recent mall concerts. 

1 comment:

  1. I heard that interview too, and the part I remember was Brokaw's thoughts on how to improve life for Native Americans. "Assimilation," he said. And what struck me was the assumption, unstated, that Native Americans would be assimilated into the dominant culture and not the other way around, which I actually think would work better for everyone.

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