Addiction language

“Dear N.Y. Times: Please stop using words like “addiction” in reference to media consumption. It is a sign of lazy thinking, meant to stop conversations about our kids, not start them.” — USA Today education writer (and learning games author) Greg Toppo on Facebook yesterday. Used with permission.

For another take (also critical of the NYT piece), read Jocelyn Brewer’s blog post about “techno fear” in media coverage of games and computers. Or read the NYT piece itself.

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Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at