I am totally ignorant of the Japanese cartoon and comic book art form of Manga (with both adult and children´s sub-cultures) but its influence on the cartoons now shown to UK Children is interesting as the photo of our TV screen by Jaime shows. And I would probably have been into it had I grown up at the right time.
I used to watch Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Tom Cat and various other Hanna & Barbera productions, and when they are repeated on the BBC, Jaime and Kezia are equally enchanted.
However, kids are now into the enormous Manga-influenced cartoon industry and Hanna & Barbera and Disney seem to have gone out of the window.
It is notable that the violence of children´s cartoons has never changed. Tom and Jerry´s and Bugs Bunny´s sticks of dynamite may have changed to laser guns or whatever other fabulous weapons´ technology, but the violence still exists.
I don´t remember the name of the cartoon from which Jaime took his television shot but it was certainly one of his better digital photograpy efforts. He discovered the capabilities and special effects (video, colour negative, sepia, B & W etc) alot sooner than I.
In other IT developments the medical community is slowly becoming aware of the potentials of Web 2.0 - there is a small but growing awareness of how this can potentially help the medical profession.
However, the trialling of Google Health in the States, whereby patient medical records are stored on Google servers, is leading to security and privacy concerns even if one does not doubt the reliability of Google´s IT infrastructure. Certainly, in the
Methinks, however, the BMA should shurely respond with their own 2nd Life versions of a polyclinic and a current GP practice ...
In the meantime ... I think we should use Manga-like 2nd Life avatars to teach our medical students surgery, general practice, oncology etc ... or maybe even train our NHS managers.