A Family of Bloggers

An article that especially piqued a lot of my interest was “Eat Your Vegetables, and Don’t Forget to Tweet” by Katherine Rosman. The article describes the lives of a family who has garnered some fame by becoming well-known blogging personalities, though it seems like the parents of this family are more famous than their kids. Blogging for them is a way of life, as evidence by the dedication and longevity easily seen in their blogs.

In class, we’ve been discussing how the internet has been both a positive and negative learning experience for our generation. In the case of the Wilson household, that consists of Mr. Fred Wilson, Ms. Joanne Wilson, and their three children: Jessica, Emily, and Joshua, their experience with their impressive plethora of internet blogs seem mostly positive. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson’s blogs promote the art of their two photographer daughters, trying to bring attention to their talents by means of their massive followings. Even the friends of their kids are featured in photos posted online.

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(source: http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/000478.html)

This article is incredibly intriguing, particularly because instead of following the norm of this generation’s kids having the most experience and drive with technology, the Wilson household’s two parents are the most avid supporters of internet blogging. The fact that Mr. and Ms. Wilson are so “internet-savvy,” to such an extent that it would even drive their own children crazy, is frankly astounding. In fact, I only recently taught my mother to use the internet, Youtube, and the built-in DVD player on my father’s old laptop. Sadly, she still cannot text. But imagine my surprise when I first read about two people so close to her age, actively encouraging their kids into using the internet. Most conventional parents would very much do the opposite to prevent their kids from developing an internet addiction.

I think the only really controversial bit about the Wilson household’s projects is that by publishing pretty much many aspects of their personal lives online, their relationships are liable to conflicts, whether by differing opinions or simply a bad photo of a respective person. Additionally, what really caught my attention was the last line of the article where Josh Wilson quotes, “I try to refrain from reading her (Ms. Wilson’s) blog because then we don’t have anything to talk about.” Truthfully, it is quite upsetting that he would have to force himself not to read his own mother’s blog because he feels like there would be absolutely nothing he could inquire. People are so multi-faceted, yet Josh seems to believe that his mother’s exact life is essentially her blog. It is quite possible for a blog to become someone’s life, but that does seem a tad excessive.

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2 thoughts on “A Family of Bloggers

  1. I find this family interesting and weird at the same time. But what worries me is that the future of the American family could be closer to what this article was just about. I feel like human connection between individuals is becoming less and less and with this kind of family it is quite sad to have their relationship be at that level. In general, I feel like families become less of what the definition used to hold, and becoming more immersed with technology and this family is proof. I do find it interesting that mother hired an NYU grad student for her 15 year old son just so he can learn coding. It is quite impressive that she cares about him that much and his interests, but I can not help but feel weirded out that they might try to force it on him even if he stops liking it. It reminds me of Mark Zuckerberg. He also had someone hired from a young age to tutor him with technology and computers. Are they aspiring that kind of path for their son or just giving him what he wants ?

  2. I think it’s extremely interesting that this family bonds over blogging. Of course blogging and the internet are going to be a huge part of our future, and these parents are giving their children tools for their futures, but shouldn’t there be a line drawn somewhere? When I was younger, I was only allowed to use the computer for an hour or two a day. This forced me to make friends, play outside, find hobbies, and just be a kid. These parents are education their children, which is great, but shouldn’t their children learn how to make real-life connections with others? Kids today have very little exposure to face-to-face interactions with other people, and I believe that will end in more harm than good. Forcing their children to do so much work online and to blog, putting themselves out on the interest at such a young age, is definitely questionable, in my opinion. My question is: should there be a line drawn at how much technology use is of value for kids these days, or is it okay that they are being so immersed in this new culture?

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