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Media Collusion Book and Course

Welcome from the kitten/ABBA email!

I have two short stories for you, then I’ll get into the course details.

A couple of weeks ago, my son (15) came up to me with some interesting news. The game he and his buddies play – Fortnite – got a new character feature that’s directly from the Avengers: Infinity War movie. In the game, he said, you can become the Thanos character from the movie and have all-dominant powers.

A couple of weeks prior to that, my daughter (10) took me aside and asked me if we could go to Bora Bora, Tahiti. My jaw dropped a bit. She’s not a geography obsessed fourth grader. I asked her how she got that idea. “One of the YouTubers I follow took a trip to Bora Bora and it looks awesome!” she said.

My kids know what’s up, however, because I’ve been involved in the media and advertising industries for 23 years. We talk about this stuff. My son understood that Marvel made a huge media ad buy to get the character into the game, and that all the memes he sees on Instagram with Thanos in Fortnite are just viral after-effects.

My daughter quickly caught on when I told her that the trip was probably sponsored by L’Oreal or Mac.

Media Overwhelm

I want other kids to understand how the media works, so I created a course with that goal in mind. Search Amazon for “Media Collusion” and you’ll see the book it’s based on. I wrote it. Peruse the table of contents to see the kinds of topics we’ll cover.

The deal is that I don’t want my kids or your children or grandchildren to get beaten up and taken advantage by the media and advertisers. I don’t want them to get media overwhelm, have irrational fears or buy things they don’t need.

And today, things are very complicated with digital marketing!

It’s weird. Most people say they’re not affected by advertising, but they believe everyone else is. The media tells us a story that the Russians swung the election, but we can’t find one friend that changed their vote because of Russian Facebook ads. What’s up with that?

It’s a very strange world we live in, and I’ve got some insider insights to help kids make sense of it.

Lifting the Veil, Clearing the Fog, Turning Off the Matrix

The whole idea is to offer kids a new way of thinking so they can challenge their teachers, head to college with a new lens for viewing media, and upgrade their lives by paying more attention to what makes them better people.

As they understand how the goals of digital media, print, broadcast, social media, advertising and influence groups are intertwined, they’ll be able to guide their life choices and make more aware, less emotionally driven decisions (decisions that are often crafted by people outside of their own intentions, aspirations and goals).

The course is kind of like one of those bring your dad to school days, but it’s on steroids. They’ll get serious analytical skills and ideas that are offered nowhere else outside the newsrooms and big Madison Avenue ad agencies.

The really cool thing is it’s information coming from another parent/leader within the community. As you know, teenagers don’t always pay attention when their parents or grandparents get on the soap box and offer up advice!

Feel free to check out the book or click around the site to check out the schedule, pricing and class location.

NOTE: This is an actual in-person class, with an actual paper pages, printed book. It’s not some Udemy course they can fake their way through. We’ll have certifications they can share on their college applications, too.

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