One third of preteens who come to the emergency room are there because they are suicidal.

The analyst says, “If it’s between giving your kid a smartphone or an oxycodone pill, I say give her the oxy.”

By the way, like many analysts, he started out treating heroin addicts.


13 thoughts on “Smart”

  1. I discussed the issue with my mother since if you’re even half correct, those posts are very disturbing.

    In Israel children start going to school at the age of six, and that’s when it makes sense for a child to have a cell phone so that a parent may call in case of need and not to worry about their 6 year old arriving home safely, while the parent is at work.

    I thought about usual phones without Internet services being the solution, but my mother correctly noted that seeing all other kids with smartphones may lead to feelings of inferiority and jealousy which also causes harm. Besides, she said that when a child is at school, the phone is not used; when a child reaches home, s/he has access to a usual computer anyway.

    Is your analyst also against having a computer with Internet at home?


    1. Use a Nokia flipper for the kid’s safety. It has no internet access. As for peer pressure, yeah, but that’s the name of the game. Will you buy the kid a vaping kit because all her friends are vaping and she feels inferior?

      As for a computer or any of your own tech, put a password on it.

      Just a few decades ago, smoking was quite normal among kids. My working class neighbor started smoking at 9 because his dad would send him to the police station to buy cigarettes, and all his friends started smoking at this age and in this way. Today, the story sounds completely insane.


      1. The analyst says that it’s next to impossible to make the results of the research into it because everything gets silenced and scrubbed. This is totally like what the tobacco companies used to do with the difference that tobacco companies didn’t own the main means of communication b


      2. \ As for a computer or any of your own tech, put a password on it.

        I remember Technology_as_Nature and other commentors describing how parental attempts to restrict and control Internet use (in cases of sexual materials for instant) only destroyed trust and communication between parents and children.

        Also, being unable to participate in whats up groups and such singles out a child and makes it harder to politely maintain social relationships. For instance, with the spread of whats up, it’s often simply impolite to call instead of sending a whats up message.

        I am also sure that one way or another a child will achieve a smartphone before ( junior) high school, and making it into a huge deal with ongoing conflict beforehand will only increase the damage of the coveted forbidden fruit. What about yes buying at some point, but teaching by personal example and explanation some useful rules?


        1. It’s addictive. It’s designed to be highly addictive. It’s designed to be especially addictive for children’s brains. Giving somebody a highly addictive substance and accompanying it with discussions about the dangers is crazy.

          Look, I know all the rationalizations. I’m human and I get tempted on airplane flights, after social events, etc to just plant her in front of a screen and give myself a break. But I’m addicted to the bloody things and I don’t know any adult who isn’t. If it’s so potent with those of us who discovered the whole thing in adulthood, what does it do to kids? There are two-year-olds who are addicted!


  2. I have been looking at your old posts on certain topics 🙂 and found you mentioning “Imagined Communities” and “Nations and Nationalism since 1780” as central texts regarding national identity. I wanted to ask whether you know any central texts regarding the development of (American) capitalism and, on another topic a little, the role of Mexican illegal workers in modern American economy. Bauman mentions economy in places, but not enough for my purposes. 😦


    1. Dardot and Laval are a great source. Many people like David Harvey’s The Brief History of Neoliberalism. I find his style way too pop to my liking but he’s a recognized authority.

      On immigration, the only mainstream thing I can think of is Bauman’s Wasted Lives. Everything in the US is either mindless cheering, or very much out of the mainstream like Tucker Carlson or Ann Coulter. I highly recommend Coulter’s book on immigration just to get a glimpse into why people voted for Trump. The book is devastating in its impact. Even if just 3% of what she says is true, it makes things very clear. I would love to see some serious rebuttal of what she’s saying but she’s beyond the pale, so nobody will engage. But you obviously can’t quote her in academic research. She has an enormous bibliography, so there might be some sources there you can use because the bibliography is highly academic.


      1. Thanks! Did you mean Pierre Dardot & Christian Laval “The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society”?

        Those are sources on neoliberalism, so I suppose there is no one academic long book on capitalism’s development in America like Bobbitt’s “The Shield of Achilles” summarizes state forms’ stages of development.

        I loved Wasted Lives, but here I am searching specifically for the role Mexicans play in today’s economy of US, and I don’t remember Bauman analyzing that.


  3. I have left the links (in Russian) before, but Klara was ill (is she fully OK now?) , so in case you missed:

    Was impressed by the photos and the story:

    Сегодня поведаю интересную историю о том, как коммунисты пытались построить настоящий райский островок социализма в отдельно взятом районе города Санкт-Петербург. Но главное — о том, как райский островок в конечном счете обратился настоящими вратами ада как для его обитателей, так и для прочих жителей района.

    And another nice post:

    Методы и технологии пропаганды. 1 часть

    Hope the blogger starts remembering me soon.


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