Sep 24 2013

Draw My Life – Ryan Higa – YouTube

This video by popular YouTuber Ryan Higa (10 million subscribers and counting) surprised me. Not only does it feature no profanity, it’s intelligent, positive, and offers a reasonable message that… I’m hesitant to type these words, but it actually communicates something that might be worth sharing with your children.

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I’m not saying “THIS VIDEO WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE DOOD GO GET YOUR OFFSPRINGS NOW NOW NOW”. I’m not even expressing that sentiment in a more coherent and less caps-locky manner. But Mr. Higa has a pleasant style and not only did I watch all seven minutes of his Draw My Life video, I was rather charmed by it.

(Aside: I suppose “Draw My Life” is a YouTube thing. Who knew? Probably lots of people, just not me.)

Without giving anything away (“no spoilers!”), Mr. Higa does indeed draw his life. Much of it deals with his time in school which makes sense because he was born in 1990. (You may pause to feel old now. It’s OK, we’ll wait.) When he mentioned bullying I thought “oh boy, here we go.” But he handles the topic gracefully, far better than anything I’ve seen so far. He manages to say that yes, it sucked, but also doesn’t try to tell people that his lot was as bad as many other people’s. He also points out that he was lucky to have a loving family. (That part is at the beginning so it’s NOT a spoiler.)

Bottom line: I like Ryan Higa’s Draw My Life video. So much content, online and in traditional media, is hurtful and negative. Higa manages to be positive, funny, and entertaining. It’s probably the first time I watched a YouTube video that is entirely original content without drifting away. Give it a look, maybe you’ll like it too.

Draw My Life – Ryan Higa – YouTube.

May 11 2009

Fox Anchor Says Barney Frank Is a Catcher

You know. A catcher. As in a back-door man. A bottom, if you will. Do I have to keep going with this?

Huffington Post goes with the obvious hypocrisy of Fox News (this particular Barney Frank jibe was on the less-watched Fox Business Channel), since the network complained about the inappropriateness of “teabagging” jokes and then makes a (fairly lame) gay joke. But (no pun intended) I’ll go with a different angle. Fox is supposedly a news outlet. It’s one thing for a comedian (say, Wanda Sykes, whom Fox News is ripping for her performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner) to make a joke that’s potentially offensive. It’s another for a channel that claims to be a news outlet to do it. It’s a cheap joke that isn’t even particularly funny, but the real problem is that this is a place where people actually think they’re getting news.

Fox Anchor Makes Barney Frank-Themed Gay Sex Joke (After Criticizing ‘Tea Bag’ Humor) (Huffington Post)

Apr 08 2009

DadNews Daily – Darth Murdoch Strikes Again

See? Sometimes we know what we’re talking about. As we often say to our children, sometimes you should give us the benefit of the doubt.

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Apr 06 2009

DadNews Daily – Rupert Murdoch Strikes Back

Happy Monday! Even if you, like the Boomtown Rats, do not like the first work day of the week, at least it’s starting to get a little warmer. Of course, now that I’ve typed that sentence, it will snow in April. But I will not live in fear! (Please don’t let it snow…) Read more »