Remember the craze in the old school yard?

School yard crazes — you remember those — marbles, knucklebones, spinning tops, transformers,  yo-yos, pokemon. Yeah, you remember.

Looking back, though, do you recall when and how a particular craze started? How long it lasted? When and why it disappeared? The following clip from This American Life traces the lifespan of one such (local) school yard craze. And like all good narratives, it offers up deeper levels of meaning beyond the immediately obvious. Take a look, and think beyond the playground and into the wider world as the story asks us to consider the effects of the voyeuristic, media-saturated society in which we live.

Further reading at Notes: Yo-Yo makes a playground comeback

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