Saturday, August 10, 2013

Steve Harvey's talk show: board games, cardboard baseball stadiums (when kids are unplugged from the Internet), and some self-depliation

Steve Harvey’s talk show on Friday did some goofy stuff, and caught my attention as “Days or our Lives” concluded.  (Still, Sonny is the only sane character.)

One of his reports Aug. 9 showed families unplugging from electronics and technology completely for 48 hours.  The link for it is here.  Because parents have to “socialize” their kids into the real world, restricting web and social media access (or monitoring it on a “family computer”) makes more sense than it does for single urban professional adults.  Teens need to make friends in the actual world as well as on Facebook.  Kids were shown playing geographical board games that looked interesting.  I’m not sure if it was “Global Pursuit” (which “we” played on an Adventuring camping trip in West Virginia in 1990), “Star Reporter”, or even “Mr. Ree”, an obscure competitor of Clue (and more complicated, from what I can remember of my Ohio summers in the 1950’s).  Maybe they did play Monopoly.  As kids, we invented versions of “back yard baseball” and made cardboard stadiums that could play mechanical forms of board baseball.  The run scoring was actually reasonable.  We also made filmstrips by hand and had “movie” showings.  All of this happened four decades before the Internet.

Then, Harvey got really goofy.  He invited some nonchalant audience male members to test some consumer products and let the audience vote on them (link).  One of them was a cleverly designed clipper for self-removal of back hair.  Fortunately for Harvey, the white man who came up was appropriately but unattractively hirsute.  Harvey and the audience were not impressed.  This was a simple product, not “No-no”, which gets gratuitously advertised Saturday mornings on CNN, almost like the old Saturday morning cartoons. 

Harvey also has a radio talk show.

Update: Aug. 14

It seems as though Gillette is getting serious about male body depilation.  It seems as though the company is encouraging women to tell men they want their men to give up everything women don't have and become drones.  What would Steve Harvey think of this Gillettee commercial for ProGuide:

"What do women want?" The ad asks.  Remember the movie by that name ("What Women Want", 2000, by Nancy Meyers), with all the depilatory strips?

It gets even worse with the Washington Post story Aug. 14 by Paul Fahri, on Gillette's ads for male boy grooming, here.

Do you have to have something before you are something?  Ask Seve Karvey.

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