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Old 07-16-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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50 years ago today, Apollo 11 carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins set off for the moon. today's kids would rather be a youtube personality

i guess they at least have a better chance of getting their wish than those that want to be astronauts..

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The Apollo program's effect of inspiring America's children to pursue careers in STEM fields is one of the most powerful lasting legacies of the Moon race. Unfortunately, this effect seems to be coming to an end.

On the eve of the Apollo 11 anniversary, LEGO asked The Harris Poll to survey a total of 3,000 children in the United States, China, and the United Kingdom about their attitudes toward and knowledge of space. The results reveal that, at least for Western countries, kids today are more interested in YouTube than spaceflight.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...an-astronauts/
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:34 AM
 
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Another "big career" are professional gamers with their own twitch channel.
Why would someone watch someone else play an online video game AND pay for it is beyond me.

They are called "streamers".
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:36 AM
 
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But if they make money doing it, why not? These YouTube stars are able to live lives I could only dream of working a call center job in small town Oklahoma.

However the space race is all but history to today's kids so why should they take an interest in it? We haven't been to the moon in decades and sending a man to Mars is kind of almost seen as a joke.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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Another "big career" are professional gamers with their own twitch channel.
Why would someone watch someone else play an online video game AND pay for it is beyond me.

They are called "streamers".
i totally do not get that, either.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:39 AM
 
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I would argue both are a waste of time.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:41 AM
 
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Another "big career" are professional gamers with their own twitch channel.
Why would someone watch someone else play an online video game AND pay for it is beyond me.

They are called "streamers".
I didn't get it at first either. But then it clicked, no different than watching professional sports of any kind rather than playing it yourself. They cheer for their favorites, in awe of the experts, have their own rivalries, etc. In tournament matches there are actual announcers, they sell out stadiums, just any other professional level sport.

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Old 07-16-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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As for the topic, expected end result of our anti-intellectualism unfortunately.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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Considering the state of education I’m surprised they know what is an astronaut
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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Thanks, Obama, for killing the Space Shuttle program and not implementing a replacement. There are almost no such things as "astronauts" anymore, so it's no wonder that kids don't aspire to be one.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:44 AM
 
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Where are astronauts flying these days? You like what you see. What you know.
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