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According to news media reports this morning, just the act of watching a few minutes of SpongeBob SquarePants can literally make kids dumber. I’ve always suspected this, and have constantly told my kids that SpongeBob was rotting their brains, but now I have actual science to back it up!! I get to show my kids the article in the journal Pediatrics and point them over to more healthy watching “edutainment” like PBS’ Calillou. Of course, now that they are all teens and pre-teens, now I have to find what the PBS “edutainment” equivalent is to shows like Ghost Hunters and America’s Got Talent.
I’d like to see this study expanded into adulthood to see what the effects of watching nine-hours of football on Sundays does to the brain of say… a 43 year-old law librarian. Or, what the effects of watching politically charged 24-hour “News” channels does to say the relatives of that same law librarian. My guess is that all of the answers will lead us back to turning the television back to something that is on the local PBS channel… or at least BBC America.
Now I’m wondering what the effects are of reading legal blogs with the “foci of 3 intrepid law geeks” has on the brains of everyday readers. I’m sure that PBS is currently talking about bringing us on as a featured blog for purely “edutainment” purposes. I’ll sit here and wait for them to call.
In the meantime, I’ll cue up one of my favorite lines from Billy Madison to help pull all of this this information you just read together for you.