The digital life of a Gen Z teen...
March 6, 2019 10:24 AM   Subscribe

Pocket [NSFW] is an 18min fictional short film meant to be watched on a phone. Here's Vimeo's write up on it after choosing it as a pick of the week.
posted by dobbs (10 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Wow. That’s impressive.
posted by freya_lamb at 10:55 AM on March 6, 2019

That was surprisingly compelling and also I have never felt like more of a creepy weirdo in my life. Good job, I think? haha
posted by robotmachine at 11:00 AM on March 6, 2019 [2 favorites]

Wonderful execution and storyline. I want more!
posted by msbutah at 12:34 PM on March 6, 2019

Maybe I'm too old but mostly I found that to be creepy and uncomfortable.
posted by dustsquid at 1:06 PM on March 6, 2019 [1 favorite]

Man, I‘m so mad about the Captain V thing.
And I felt this white hot surge of rage when he asked for pics to masturbate to. „Can I see more of you?“ Yeah right, and then later you pass on the pictures to your friends or whatever.
But I guess that‘s how kids do it these days?

~ Gen X says hello. We had to fool around on semen specked sofas in church basements, but truly, what happened on those sofas stayed on those sofas.
posted by Omnomnom at 1:56 PM on March 6, 2019 [5 favorites]

After some... problems, I had to hack my son's Instagram and a few other social media outlets that he hid from us. I don't even know which version is the real boy I tried hard to raise well. I grew up worrying about big brother and the loss of privacy, so, y'know, a little healthy paranoia. This brave new world is not a how I thought folks would handle easy access to the cumulative knowledge of hyman history
posted by Redhush at 2:32 PM on March 6, 2019

If you're a parent of boys and you haven't read Rosimund Wiseman's Masterminds and Wingmen go get it immediately. One of the things she says is "you always see the second hit, you never see the first hit." Meaning that the socially savvy boys bait the unsavvy until they snap, then the kid who snapped gets in trouble. Like Captain V. That book is a great guide for raising non-asshole boys. Mine are only 12 and 16 now so I'm still not sure it worked.

Also, that was fucking horrifying and terrifying.
posted by selfmedicating at 4:28 PM on March 6, 2019 [4 favorites]

ugh, couldn't keep watching, had to turn it off
posted by eustatic at 7:33 PM on March 6, 2019

This was great.

(And made me happy that I grew up before social media was invented.)
posted by Dip Flash at 8:39 PM on March 6, 2019

Sadly, this has nothing to do with Tom Waits mining for gold, despite the title.

(Because I'd pay for that spinoff.)
posted by rokusan at 11:06 PM on March 6, 2019

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