My Children Will Do It Differently.

by Jamie Sanford on June 10, 2009

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#11)

I haven’t written in a while, I have many half-written posts saved in the draft area. I was excited to get some inspiration on Sunday for a blog post from Chris Brogan’s list that I didn’t think I was up to writing just yet, because I don’t have kids and don’t plan on any in the near future.

However, in my Twilight fangirldom, I came across a YouTube user (tiffanyd666) who has created her own versions of the trailer for the upcoming Twilight film, New Moon.

This first one has been online for nearly a year and has been viewed over 8 and a half MILLION times.

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This second one is similar to the first, but with footage from the new official trailer weaved in. It’s been up for 3 days and has nearly 200,000 views.

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I think I was 11 or 12 when my family got AOL and I was regularly online.  All I did was hang out in chatrooms and send emails.  Of course, since then, the internet has affected me greatly, I even met my husband on a message board in 2000.  However, this is where things will be different for my children.

My children will always have the internet, the way it is now and bigger, better.  They won’t think twice about unofficial movie trailers made by a teenager having 9 million views. They might even become masters at creating web video with beautiful transitions, titles, etc, and think nothing of it.

Yesterday at the office, I actually pulled out a dictionary. You remember those, right? The big book of words with their definitions? I then reminisced a bit with my colleague about books and how kids now don’t go to the library to research for school assignments, they go online.  They don’t get the tangible thing about books, which I find sad.  The benefit is that they can get the most current information possible, but I feel like there was some character-building in all of that manual labor!

Of course, I’ll have nothing to say when I do have kids, if I say something like that I’m sure they will remind me that my career path is based on the existence of the Internet, and then I’ll be that Mom who realizes that she has kids that are just like her. In some ways, they won’t do it differently.

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