I was not on JTV all day. Real life was more compelling and rolling, cutting, baking and decorating the gingerbread cookies we made the dough for last night was very time consuming. When I found a few minutes I dropped into JTV and there was really nothing to watch. I went about my day and finally had a few minutes to sit down and there is still nothing to watch, so I’ve resorted to broadcast television and the Food Network after landing on a channel that was too frustrating to watch.
It appears to be a relatively new channel. Brittany is a 16 year old high school girl sitting in her room supposedly doing homework — or at least that’s what her parents thought until they caught onto her. She had nothing positive to say about them and I suppose we were all like that at 16, but I never spoke to my parents the way she talked back to hers. I resorted to the written word. My diaries were my escape and I didn’t leave out any details. Unfortunately they were discovered one day while I was at school and the sting of it still resonates, but the resulting trip to India to, “See how the other half of the world lives,” was a great lesson and one that I will never forget. We all learned how the other half of the world lives during that trip. It was an eye-opener for each one of us. I know I was a difficult teen if for no other reason than I was very introspective. Ok, I’m sill an introvert, but I am, and always will be polite, respectful, courteous, civilized, amiable, etc., etc., etc.
Brittany was not happy when told to get offline and she communicated her displeasure. She did it behind her closed door as well as when opening the door and shouting to her sister and her father that she had homework to do which required research and so she could not get offline. Yeah … riiight! Ok, so maybe she does need to do some research, but does that include lifecasting and chatting with her viewers?
Her dad could hear her chatting out loud with viewers and had a word or two to say about it. You know, I’ve been both a child and a mother and I can understand the frustration on both sides of the equation, but if my parents told me to do something, and caught me not doing it, I quickly complied and after having had that happen a few times I learned and in my current ripe old age, I am always truthful, do what I need and willingly take responsibility when I screw up.
It just seems to me that today’s “Millenium Generation” has little respect for others. I haven’t read any articles or reports on the issue, but it seems to me that the parents of these teens are probably as selfish and uncaring as they are. Where else would they have learned this? Is it due to the need for parents to both work outside of the home? Nope. I’m not going to buy that. My boys grew up to be the most incredible young men ever and they didn’t have mom and/or dad home with them all the time, but the time we did have was quality and they learned how to be respectful of their friends, their friends parents, their teachers and other adults. It wasn’t a lot of work, it was just common sense.
This week we’ve seen lifecasters display behavior that was a real turn off for me and it makes me wonder what path society is on? Maybe with enough diverse channels we will have the insight needed to help make change. Imagine new parents having a channel to tune into that gives tips and helps answer questions about parenting? Community on these channels is what makes them tick and if there was a channel in which parents could come together to get help and to offer support I bet it would be a popular one, similar to others that have appeared on JTV of late.
There is still so much possibility with lifecasting, whether the broadcaster is on 24/7 or just a few set hours daily. People are looking for information and interaction and JTV is just a few clicks away. Let’s see more helpful channels and maybe Brittany can receive the support she needs next time to get her homework done more quickly and without the stress so that she has time to chat with her eager chatters.