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Family Life

The Center of Family Life

To me this image looks like it might be part of a larger advertisement, packed with all manner of model information, branding, price, and dealer directions. Perhaps then without all of this extra text aiding the closing of a sale, the focus of the illustration is sharper in relief: all members of the family— three generations— now have their attention centered on some variety show from this marvelous new device. What would we say if we contrasted this image with one such as shown here?

Bring Your Own Device Many commentators are alarmed about the amount of attention we're increasingly paying to digital devices rather than to each other.
.This may indicate that previous communal patterns or consensus built around a shared entertainment medium has now eroded to the point of "interaction fracture"— a disintegration of authentic face-to-face human social interactions in favor of digital media. Counter-arguments?

Aberfam Disaster

Aberfan Disaster

In the third season of The Crown, the Aberfan Disaster--in which 116 children and 28 adults were killed in 1966-- is told from the perspective of Queen Elizabeth II. Several recent articles have pointed out that very few outside of the UK have an awareness of this horrendous historical event. This was certainly the case with me; unless you'd had a course in 20th century British history, or had lived through thru that decade as an adult, it's easy to see why it is one of those authentic pieces of history that nobody has ever heard of.

Significance? First, it raised at the time environmental concerns about living too close to industrial zones, from a safety perspective, as well as attention paid to negative health effects caused by water pollution. Second, the disaster exposed the corrupting effect of corporate greed, and how government oversight must play a role in arbitrating the interests of the industry with that of the people. In the Aberfan case, multiple missteps by the regulatory agency overseeing the Coal Industry