With “Thank You For Smoking,” “Juno,” and “Up in the Air,” few modern directors have done a more authentic job at capturing the age we live in better than Jason Reitman. It’s actually pretty surprising that it’s taken him this long to make a movie concerning digital media’s effect on culture. What’s even more shocking is the fact that some of these innovations are barely a decade old. On top of all that, it’s only been 13 years since the 9/11 attacks, which instigated the need for every man, woman, and child to have a cell phone. We might have gotten by fine without them for years, but now it’s impossible to imagine life without any mobile devices or social networking.
Our mobile devices have become so much a part of our lives that many of us would be lost without them. In the palms of our hands, we have the power to text, email, tweet or send a selfie to our friends. We instinctively reach for our cell phones when we hear a ring, chirp or feel the vibration.
The excitement of acceptance into that dream college has passed. The first day of classes is still weeks away. But the resources provided by high school teachers and computer labs are no longer available for recent graduates.
I usually don’t expect much from books or movies geared towards the “young adult” crowd, so I was shocked by how much I enjoyed The Fault in our Stars, a film about two teenage cancer patients fighting death and falling in love. This is one of the best romance stories I’ve ever seen and it is as smart and inspiring as it is heart-breaking.
Learning didn’t always come easy for 23-year-old Scottsdale native Daniel Mazzon, as teachers said his ability to listen and comprehend the material was below average. But instead of going through the motions, Mazzon opted to venture on his own and apply the skills he had to a different project.
How does a piece of literature become a “classic?” How is the “very best” of any culture determined, and, by whom? Is there a checklist? Who creates that checklist? What values are inherently connected with any kind of “best” lists? And what is “quality?”
Over the past several years, driving distractions caused by mobile devices have been a hot topic here in Arizona and across the nation. Study after study has confirmed that distractions can worsen driving performance, making the roads more dangerous for everyone.