Tuesday Trends

children's observations, citizenship and the internet, and a new Venus

July 13, 2021

Do you ever notice how streetlights and lamp posts have a peculiar attraction to sticker graffiti?

black metal fence with white and black quote

After a while you stop looking, you become blind to the little stickers. The pops of color, the messages just fade into the background of our busy lives.

But children....
they observe the world around them constantly with fresh eyes.

I drive my kids to preschool every morning, and sometimes my son would tell me that he wasn't able to see the Mario Kart guy that day, almost upset.

Mario Kart
Mario Kart, a Nintendo driving video game

This was incredibly confusing to me, because I couldn't understand what Mario Kart had to do with our commute outside of driving.

Then one morning as we're sitting at the stoplight for a left turn onto the school's road he excitedly yells, "look dad, the Mario Kart guy!"

I look back, and there, on the stoplight, tucked out of sight, sheltered from the elements is a pristine sticker of Wario, a villain in the Mario bros

Wario Sticker
something like this

video games, and indeed a character in Mario Kart, which he and I had played together months before.

Now, every morning we look for our little friend, Wario.

When do we stop observing the world as children do? A shame.

The Internet and Citizenship

In a continuation of my series on the fracture of the United States in the next 20 years I explore how the internet affects the very concept of a country, here's an appetizer to whet your appetite:

The internet is the most powerful technology we have invented to date. It has connected the whole world, and fundamentally altered how we live our lives. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Before you go to bed? You’re probably on your phone, on the internet.

The internet has fundamentally altered how we work, play, consume, and communicate. Not only that, it’s transcended those core human activities and now changes how we connect with each other. The number one way people now meet their spouse is through dating apps (source).

How couples meet
that is a massive shift

The internet is even changing our allegiances. Citizens from Western countries, including the US, have been radicalized by jihadist online, joined terrorist cells, and died overseas in war.

That’s an extreme example, but it illustrates quite clearly the impact the internet is having on human behavior and how the internet affects the concept of a country.

To read the whole post, go here: danielsisson.com/articles/citizenship-and-the-internet

Terraforming Venus

I find myself reading and watching a wide variety of things pertaining to the future, and this weeks example of best thing I found on the internet is playing double duty.

1) it's really interesting

2) it's beautiful animation

Take a look, it's about 10 minutes, and super fascinating.

How has the internet changed your life?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the internet and the concept of countries.

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Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country
John F Kennedy
(Is this quote still relevant? Will it be in the future? I doubt it)

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