I can't tell you how many young people say and think, "But It Doesn't Affect Me!" It is the number one issue all parents and teachers must confront, which is why I wrote the book for parents, teachers, and teens by they same name. My book, "But It Doesn't Affect Me" answers every excuse to prove that our entertainment choices DO affect us. These examples from last week's Grammy Awards prove the obvious. We are influenced by our entertainment choices.
Adele’s six Grammys translated into an immediate spike of 95% of her album 21, which spent its 20th week at No. 1 with sales of 237,000 units. Sales projections for this week, the first full week since the Grammys, indicate that the British singer is on track to sell between 500,000 and 600,000 additional copies. Other beneficiaries of post-Grammy love? Katy Perry and Bon Iver. Perry's bitter post divorce song, "Part of Me," which she performed during the telecast and released the next day is likely to sell 400,000 to 420,000 units in its first full week. Bon Iver's sales, after he won Best New Artist, are up 121%.
Finally, never underestimate the value of good Super Bowl exposure. Chevrolet featured Fun's song (feat. Janelle Mondae),"We Are Young" in one of its commercials, resulting in a 338% surge in sales for the track last week, propelling it from No. 41 to No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. billboard.com, 2/15-17/12; latimes.com 2/13/12; usatoday.com 2/14/12 Reported in Plugged In 2/20/12.
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Do black lives really matter? Of course, they do! But while a significant portion of “black lives matter” are ad hoc groups of protesters, most people don’t realize that Black Lives Matter is also a misleading name for a radical political organization. Look it up here: www.BlackLivesMatter.com Last month (May 25, 2020), the whole world saw a video of a rogue policeman choke the life out of George Floyd and 95% of Americans were angered, appalled, and outraged, myself included. He and the policemen who didn’t stop their colleague from killing Mr Floyd should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I’m an old white man in my seventies and I can’t imagine the amount of pain and frustration that killing of another unarmed black man caused in the black community. The black community had every right to take their frustration out by protesting and marching against the police and demanding change. Black lives do matter. But you lost me when the rioting, looting, an
By Bruce Horovitz , USA TODAY 8/15/2011 Isabella Sweet doesn't wear a target on her chest. But kid marketers covet this 9-year-old as if she does Perhaps it's because she's a techie. The fourth-grader from Davis, Calif., spends almost an hour a day on the Webkinz website. The site charms kids by linking Webkinz plush animals — of which she owns 18 — with online games that encourage kids to earn and spend virtual money so they can create elaborate rooms for virtual versions of their Webkinz pets. The site does one more thing: It posts ads that reward kids with virtual currency when they click. Every time a kid clicks on an ad, there's a virtual ka-ching at the other end for Ganz, which owns Webkinz. At issue: With the use of new, kid-enchanting technologies, are savvy marketers gaining the upper hand on parents? Are toy marketers such as Ganz, food marketers such as McDonald's and kid-coddling apparel retailers such as 77kids by American Eagle too eager to target
10 Things Adults Should Know about Teenagers Pointers for Adult Volunteers (and Parents) By Brian Kirk as published in YMtoday.com Brian is a Disciples of Christ minister serving the urban church of Union Avenue Christian in St. Louis. This article was first written to help adult volunteers on mission trips, but I believe the all parents need to read this wise insight. Enjoy. Al Menconi, editor This summer, for the first time at my church, instead of taking a "youth mission trip," we took an "all-church mission trip." This meant that adults other than those who regularly work with our students went along for the journey. It ocurred to me that if we were going to travel, live, and work together for a week, it might be helpful to give these other adults some pointers on hanging out with young people. What follows, in no particular order, are the top ten tips I shared with those adults prior to our trip. 1) Teenagers are people, too. Resist calling th