My experience with Pokémon or "pocket monsters", is brief. There was an animated series a while back that featured this kid with a funny name, bad hair and a girl's voice. He would wander around with his friends catching Pokémon, training them and then using them to battle other people's monsters in an arena. Think "the NFL without cheerleaders". Or point.
I don't think I was ever able to sit through an entire annoying episode, but a friend of mine from college had a son who was a Pokémon enthusiast who gave me one of his cards. I still have it. Even though the catch phrase was "Gotta catch 'em all", I am quite content with just the one.
A few years back, I had a tremendous insight into the Pokémon phenomenon... If only I could remember what it was! It was truly breathtaking! You would have been impressed. However a couple of more recent thoughts came to mind, so I thought I'd share them with you before they too, are gone with the wind!
A lot of TV stations like to list their children's programming, whatever it is, as "educational". What lessons might a small child learn from Pokémon?
...according to Mooooove On.
"The murders of Black men & women by police is an epidemic in America that we have failed to address as a country..." -Jo ComerfordAn "epidemic"??
1. affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent.
2. extremely prevalent; widespread.
3.a temporary prevalence of a disease.
4.a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of something
Many persons...spreading rapidly from person to person...really? You know it's not an epidemic. I know it's not an epidemic. You know who else doesn't think it's an epidemic? Jesse Jackson.. Jesse Jackson was on TV last night reciting all the black people shot by racist cops, and he cites...Trayvon Martin. Trayvon Martin??
Several things wrong with this. One, George Zimmerman was not a cop, he was a civilian. Two, despite press reports trying to portray him as a "white Hispanic", George Zimmerman is not white. Three, it was determined to be self defense. And four, if there is such an epidemic of white cops shooting black men and women, how desperate would you have to be to reach back over four years to get an example? After all, an epidemic affects "many persons". Why not cite one of the 'many' recent examples??
Before we move on, just a little trip down memory lane to the thug the media tried to portray as a 12 year old choirboy: