Media Talk 101 is a non-profit group whose main purpose has been to speak about the influence of media on our society and our Christian walk. They go around and speak to groups and churches and have produced the Captivated Documentary that our family reviewed. Their website provides further information on the documentary included several video clips to view. You can also find information on being able to share the documentary with others through public showings.
The Review Product
The Captivated DVD is a 107 minute documentary on many aspect of media and the influence it can have on our lives. It covers both the concept of too much media from a scientific viewpoint on how it can impact our brains and the brains of young children and how the media we consume can impact our spiritual life. The DVD features several scientists, pastors, families, and young people who share their stories, experiences, and expertise as it pertains to media. They take you back to the first steps of virtual communication the telegraph and bring you up-to-date on our media saturated culture of today.
How We Used It
I sat down and watched the video with my 23-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. While watching the video I made notes of key facts or items I wanted to make sure we brought up during our discussion. After viewing the video together we spent time discussing the content of the video.
Thoughts and Opinions
I found the DVD very interesting and thought-provoking. It was interesting to watch it with these two children in particular since they are both very different. I was particular interested in seeing my 23 yo’s reaction as he just completed training at Job Corps where he had a much more limited access to media. After we had our discussion time I let both of them share their own feelings.
My 12-year-old said that she found part of it interesting but felt it was too long and that a lot of it was for parents or older kids.
My 23-year-old said he found the parts about media to be interesting but found the other parts to be too preachy and that turned him off from the message of limiting social media. He felt that there a lot of young people who need to learn about balance and limiting screen time but that they would reject that part of the message because of the other aspects of the DVD.
Personally, I found a lot of the information very interesting and I think we can all benefit from learning to balance our consumption of media and to make sure that our real life connections are more important than our virtual ones. I like the idea of thinking about what we are viewing, watching, reading, playing and the impact those choices have on not just our minds but our spirit as well. I think the idea of having something to replacing media time with other things to be extremely important if you want your children to limit their screen time. I really agreed with the idea that all that social media seems to be amplifying the trivial issues of young people.
I don’t think I’m ready to unplug our household. Despite the fact that the internet and the media it offers is easily available in our household my children still spend quite a bit of time pursuing other activities including playing outside and riding their bikes. Much of the time that my 12 and 16-year-old spend with media involves having a jump off point for other activities like researching the care and feeding of egg laying hens or learning a new craft. Also, they both use online educational tools. My husband and I also use the internet for continuing education for your employment.
The Captivated Documentary really seems to have two message that while they are related are in some ways separate from each other and I think this was part of what my 23-year-old reacted too. There is the message that media input especially in young children will affect their ability to maintain proper focus that is needed later in learning. Also, the idea that young people become so caught up in a virtual world they are unable or unwilling to participate in the real world. The second message relates to media from the standpoint of how it can influence your thoughts and therefore your Christian walk. It talks about taking thoughts captive and how you should be discerning in what you “consume”.
There are things that I will take away from watching this video. One of the biggest is the idea that you can’t really multitask so when I’m going over school with my children I need to make sure all my focus is on them and not try to do other things while I’m doing school with them. I also want to make more time to just play games and relax together. We had chance to do that a bit this week while my oldest was in town for a visit and we all enjoyed it. I think it’s important to find balance and to guard against media taking over our lives.
Getting Your Own Copy
Like Hannah picked up on Captivated is intended for adults but is appropriate for any age. The DVD sales for $16.95. They also sell a study guide to go with the DVD for $6.45. There is other bundles available as well.
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