One Small Step For Kids, One Giant Leap Backwards For Adultkind

I've made it a point to not write anything about CES, because it's all so boring and contrived... or so I thought.

The Verge interviewed LEGO about LEGO WeDo 2.0, a line of robotics kits similar to Mindstorms, but aimed towards a younger audience, for Kindergarten to Grade 2 students, and compatible with Scratch along with their own programming software.

It's nothing earth shattering, but it's amusing to know there are now robotics kits that can teach kids programming, thus logic skills, at such an early age. It's greatly educational, but having played with Mindstorms in my grade school years, I can say it's also just tons of fun.

Now, while unrelated, I have to call out The Verge for not even acknowledging the interviewee. All the other interviewees in other interviews posted from CES were acknowledged. Sure, it's something that the interviewer might have simply forgotten to do - only thing is that nothing was edited in post to rectify that either.

I wish it stopped there, but the thumbnails of these interviews are telling as well.


The last one is from the WeDo interview, with just the interviewer. The other eight thumbnails feature either both the interviewer and interviewee in a single shot, both of them from different cameras but edited in together, or in the case of the seventh one, just the interviewee. What's disappointing is that they went out of their way to edit the first three thumbnails, but couldn't when it came to the WeDo interview.

If you think I'm fussing over the littlest coincidences or have a tinfoil hat on, you might be right in thinking that these are small things. But it's the sum of these small things that shows an apparent tastelessness from The Verge.

Might I also add that the interviewee in the WeDo interview is the only female interviewee from the bunch. I'm not pulling the sexist card, but it's an unfortunate representation, perhaps a misrepresentation, of The Verge.