Ypulse Essentials: Rebecca Black's Moment, 'Hunger Games' Poster Catches Fire, 'Jersey Shore' Season 4

Rebecca Black My MomentRebecca Black is back (with her new single, “My Moment.” Yeah, haters gonna hate — read the comments section if you dare — but we’re charmed by the catchy tune, which has already racked up more than 250,000 views in less than a day. This really is Black’s moment, as she also lands a Teen Choice Award nomination, along with “Pretty Little Liars,” “Switched At Birth,” and “Captain America”) (YouTube) (THR)

- Captain Planet becomes the latest 80s franchise (to get a reboot. Look for the live-action version of the environmental superhero and his Planeteers to grace the big screen soon. Speaking of movies we can’t wait to see, here’s the first digital movie poster for “The Hunger Games.” But watch out — fire is catching!) (Kidscreen) (MTV)

- Check out the trailer for the fourth season of “Jersey Shore” (which starts August 4. From the look of it, Pauly D is right, there’s new drama every single day. Fist pump!) (People)

- Just like “Christmas creep,” back to school shopping season (comes earlier and earlier every year. For kids, it might seem like summer just began, but retailers are already looking like fall is here as they try to lure shoppers who are wary of the economy and hunting for deals) (NY Times, reg required)

- Parents associations in Australia are backing a proposal (that would make courses on online etiquette, privacy, and the long-term effects of posting mandatory for school children in the hopes it would help reduce cyberbullying in the country. In other education news, the Thiel Fellows are blogging about their experiences making it in the world without a college degree over on Fast Company) (AllTwitter)

- Google+ finally launches an iPhone app (but based on the reviews, it sounds like the developers should have waited until they’d perfected it. Still, Google+…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “When I hear the phrase ‘The American Dream' I think…A loaded term that is meaningless these days. At this point, I'd be happy if I can manage to live a mostly comfortable, independent life. Is that The American Dream? I don't know.” –Male, 25, PA

When it comes to kids using tablets and smartphones, most of the attention is given to the dangers of it all: what will it do to their attention spans, their minds, or their health? But there are potential positives to their mobile use as well. One (Millennial) mom’s reasons for continuing to give her kids handheld devices include the importance of encouraging their technology and problem solving skills, expectations that they will know how to use them in school, and a hope that her girls will be involved in tech in their futures. (Hip Mombrarian)

This might be the year that vending machines became a full blown marketing trend, and Nike has put their own athletic spin on the tactic. Their recent “secret” vending machine in NYC, the Nike+ FuelBox, dispensed products like hats, shirts, and socks that visitors could only pay for with daily points from their Nike+ FuelBands, encouraging exercise in exchange for goods. (Engadget)

We’ve seen FoMo, the rise and fall of YOLO, and now social media has given us MoMo, the “Mystery of Missing Out.” Unlike FoMo, Fear of Missing Out when you see your friends posting a ton of fun pictures on social media, MoMo is the anxiety that results when friends stop posting. In the words of one Millennial, “’what can be so good that they aren't posting?’” It might seem silly to some, but for a generation used to being connected with friends nearly all the time, the feeling of exclusion that results from being left out and unaware of what’s happening is real. (Jezebel)

The value of higher education is already being questioned by Millennials, and evidence is continuing to mount that college systems and hierarchies need to be rethought. One former Yale professor is making headlines by telling parents not to send their kids to Ivy League schools, and that those who attend are not the “winners in the race we have made of childhood” but that instead elite education produces “anxious, timid, and lost” young people. (New Republic)

Oh, Barbie. She's had a rough year, and Mattel recently released an Entrepreneur Barbie in an attempt to tap into girl power marketing, and revive flagging sales. But is the reality that Barbie is just too perfect for today’s kids? The brand’s offbeat, weirdo Monster High dolls do far better than pristine, “clean cut” blond icon. Tapping into new trends in toy tech and giving Barbie a renewed sense of “imaginative play” might help, but at the same time post-Millennials, like the generation before them, could be turned off by anything that doesn’t show some flaws. (The StarPhoenix)

Quote of the Day: “When I hear the phrase ‘The American Dream’ I think of 1950s cliches, the economic downturn of 2008, and how college debt has pretty much made it impossible.” –Female, 17, RI

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