First, please watch the video:
Now, please tell me how to respond to it. I say this because, as a blogger tasked with providing superficially insightful commentary on the e-mailed-around links o’ the day, I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about this child. Other bloggers have said things like “This is why we’re dumb, folks.” And I’m tempted, at first, to agree with them—what kind of idiot kid has such a visceral reaction to getting books as presents?
But I don’t want to be like all other bloggers. I want to say something . . . different. So, I could also write that the kid’s is 100% correct. Books shouldn’t be Christmas gifts. Not because they’re lame, or “not toys,” as the kid says, but because books should be given out all the time, not just as once-a-year- presents. They should be everywhere, filling the house, ubiquitous, bought and traded and borrowed, inhaled like oxygen. I’d love to say that maybe that’s this kid’s point, but . . . it’s quite possible he’s just stupid, and a sign of the stupidity America faces in the not-so-distant future.
What do you think?