Story times

8 Feb

Yesterday, a segment I recorded for NPR’s All Things Considered about children’s storybook apps (a subject I’ve been knee-deep in since about last August) aired. We scripted and recorded it a few weeks ago and in the time I was waiting for it to go live, I became increasingly convinced that it would be met with disapproval from the same NPR commenters who think it’s crazy to have sensors monitor the health of senior citizens or that iPhones are destroying civilization.

I wasn’t disappointed! The comments on the NPR page for the piece have ranged from a smattering of “Hey, it’s fine” comments to a more consistent drumbeat of readers and listeners who think I’m destroying my 3-year-old’s imagination and rotting her brain and eyes with these dangerous apps.

Memorably, one commenter suggested we let Lilly sleep with the iPad under her pillow or on her chest so she gets cancer. He later said he was joking, but despite my love of dark, disturbing humor, this one didn’t strike me as particularly humorous. Maybe I should lighten up!

Anyway, this time I had decided not to respond because I knew the comments were going to be as wild and vicious as the ones that accompanied the piece I wrote about religion and Facebook.

But then I responded to one commenter’s question about CD-ROM adaptations and, well… let’s just say you shouldn’t wish cancer on my kid, OK?

Apart from all that expected mess, it was nice to be back on the air after a long break and very cool to see Lilly’s face on the front of NPR’s website and to hear her voice on the airwaves. I thought she did wonderfully and the audio is something I’m already coming to treasure.

The other stuff I’ve been working on, apart from gearing up for SXSW Interactive, are a possible podcast I may start doing at work for Digital Savant, trying to go to the gym more often (we have a new fitness center at work), shedding our VHS tape collection and doing more stuff with Kirkus Reviews on the iPad app front. Or as the commenters see it, ruining my daughter’s life.

You know, tomato, to-mah-to.

One Response to “Story times”

  1. Dave Delaney February 14, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I loved your piece on story time. I just heard it driving to work on NPR’s Technology podcast.

    Looks like we have a lot in common. I have a 4 and 5 year old, I’m a recovering podcaster, and I know @wesley83 too!

    We had breakfast during SXSW last year at @ewan’s annual event.

    Just thought I’d say hello. I’ve really enjoyed your segments on NPR. Keep up the great work!

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