What do we as citizens value? What do we heroes of American History cherish?

Up until recently, it was all-day holiday tv show marathons but the Internet has taken that from us, too.

Now we value objects that are easily cut through by discount knives and family members willing to purposely misspell their last names to distance their ugliness from our writing career. We value ferris wheels despite their anticlimactic nature. We value pop/country cross over music and the denial it helps to perpetuate. We value hitting things. We assign special value to backyard rocketry.

But above and beyond and outside this and through and through we value heating up two nickels with a butane lighter and placing them on our exposed thighs again and again as a form of penance for taking all of this – reliable sources of clean water and easy access to the latest frisbee technology – for granted.

Chris Weagel

Chris Weagel writes about the intersection of technology and parenting for Wired Magazine. No he doesn't. He can't stand that shit.

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