War Room has strong parental feelings about the inadvisability of kids giving their personal information to Web sites, so this morning, when my 10-year-old daughter asked what our Zip code was, I stalked over to where she was sitting, in front of the family computer, and prepared to give her a stern lecture on privacy and the Internet.
But why did she want our Zip? Because if she wanted to post a message on the bulletin boards discussing the election at nick.com, the Web site for the Nickelodeon cable channel for kids, she needed to register. It seems she had to add her two cents of astonishment at Kerry's loss.
War Room, despite its doubts about the echo chamber-ish aspects of Internet discourse, approved. She registered, listed a string of reasons why Bush should have been defeated, and then trotted off to school, hopeful that the moderator would post the message, even with its inflammatory title "All Of You People Are CRAZY!"
A few minutes later, my 6-year-old son, who had skipped class yesterday in protest, arrived at his school and was greeted eagerly by two 6-year-old girls who asked him if he knew who won the election. He replied, "Bush." One of the girls responded, "That is SO lame!"
And then they all giggled.
Life goes on.