Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Captivated by Media Talk - TOS Review

"Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your house." David FrostCaptivated Movie Review
Media Talk 101 is dedicated to bringing awareness about the effects and challenges of living in a media saturated world.
 To that end they created Captivated DVD.
Like the above quote, this movie was not created to put your mind at ease about media consumption. This DVD was created to get you thinking about the media consumption that takes place in your home and in your family.
Some of the questions asked in this presentation:
  • Has today's connectivity drawn us closer to one another or strangely more disjointed?
  • is our social experience richer and deeper or more shallow an artificial.
Captivated Movie Review
Captivated DVD's purpose is to get you thinking about your own media consumption and being proactive consumers, rather than reactive and passive consumers of media.
Some interesting statistics:
  • According to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average teen spends 7.5 hours a day consuming media. It’s nearly 11 hours a day if you count media multi-tasking.
  • It was recently reported that YouTube has now reached 2 billion video views a day and 24 hours of new video are being uploaded each minute.
  •  Another study reported that the average person watches 4.7 hours of television every day. Life expectancy in the U.S. is currently 77.8 years so if you happen to be average then that would equal 15 years of your life just watching TV.
  • It is estimated that the average mobile teen sends and receives 2,899 text messages per month.
  •  Did you know that 43% of 3-4 year olds have a TV in their bedroom?
This DVD gives you stats, talks to experts, shares testimonies, explains media addiction and hopes to leave the viewer questioning their own media consumption.
I'm old enough to be pre-media. My Dad grew up in on a rural farm amongst hard working German farmers. He remembers getting in-door plumbing, electricity, a household phone and the families first T.V. He was a  voracious reader and his kids were expected to follow suite. Which we did.
I grew up in a home that didn't watch T.V. much- not that there was much to watch- 3 channels that were often fuzzy.
I live in a home that is not that media rich. Dr. Dh and I are voracious readers and we expect our kids to follow suite. Which they do.
And yet, among the 5 of us living here there are 4 lap-tops, 4 cell phones, including a Smartie, a big-screen T.V. a car with a DVD player and a Nook. Yeah, we're not THAT media rich, and yet writing it all down makes me realize just how media rich we have become. Part of that richness has to do with a couple of jobs. The Smart Phone and 1 lap top are job dedicated, which takes us down a notch on the media- hip scale, but then again, if I didn't have a FB, Pinterest and Twitter account, one of my jobs would be a lot harder. And frankly, I wouldn't have my primary job without the one that requires all of the media connections; and the Nook was a job perk. So, while I'm mindful of our media consumption, we also totally appreciate it and utilize media.
Dr. Dh and the kid and I watched this together one Sunday afternoon. Dr. Dh is a psychologist with a serious interest in neuro-psychology. A lot of what this DVD talks about is a growing concern for him. He, and the Christian therapists that he works with, have, anecdotally, seen a real decline in personal maturity, accountability and faith in the past many years. They see it as a result of the media immersion most people soak themselves in morning, noon and night.

Our family is old school in that we are more word than image based. And I plan to keep it that way. This video just underscored our previous decisions to do so and gave us food for thought about the growing media consumption that we are involved with. This movie is a great addition to ones apologetics program for Jr. and Sr. High, to show at a homeschool Mom's meeting, for Sunday School and to share with your church library. Social media is here to stay- that's just fact. But being mindful consumers, and teaching our kids to be so as well, is plain old good stewardship. This film and the compatible web-site will give you the information, tools and impetus to be that good steward. Highly recommended for all ages. 
Captivated Movie Review

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You can watch over 15 video clips of the Captivated DVD to see if it's right for your family.
You can purchase the Captivated DVD for $16.95 (free shipping), and right now there is also a special offer going on: if you order 2 DVDs, you get the second one for only $5!

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