MTC Blog

TikTok vs the Human OS


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This week’s announcement of the security flaw, a vulnerability, in the social media/music video platform TikTok, got me thinking. The vulnerability in the TikTok messaging service (https://nyti.ms/2T4zHfs)  was discovered and soon patched by the software engineers at TikTok. No company wants to leave a vulnerability open to exploitation, and so risk their user’s sensitive data. After all, this could potentially cost their users time and money, and cause feelings of resentment towards TikTok (this same story can be said of every social media platform, they’ve all had security flaws over the last 10 years).

There is a great irony here of course, and you can probably see where this is going. The entire business model of TikTok - and TikToks predecessors/competitors Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat - has a vulnerability at its foundation. The vulnerability lies in human psychology. If I can make an analogy to human psychology as the operating system for the human mind and socialization, there is a security flaw in our OS that has been identified. But rather than being patched, it is being ruthlessly exploited. This flaw leaves users wide open to attacks that cost them time, money, emotional and physical wellbeing.

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Make Your Way Back Home...


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This week we released our newest promotional video. It’s short (under 2 minutes), energetic, captures much of what makes camp special. The song we chose to go with it is very catchy, and features the lyric “make my way…back home”. We loved this, because it speaks to an essential truth about MTC. Camp is home. For all who spend time at MTC, whether for the first summer, or their thirtieth plus (cough…Nigel…cough), MTC is a second home. See the video in full here, or on our website.

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MTC = Maine Thanksgiving Camp!


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Thanksgiving is, by far, the favorite holiday here at MTC-HQ. We love everything about it – of course, the opportunity to cook and eat a ton of great food, but even better is the ability to spend some quality time with family and friends. The extended long weekend of Thanksgiving gives us a chance to see everyone, and not have to rush off to the next thing.

This Thanksgiving, we are thinking of ways we can make it the most MTC Thanksgiving possible, in some ways obvious, and in others a little more of a stretch.

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A Camper's Poem


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Recently a camper's parent shared with us the poem her camper had recently written for a school assignment. She thought we would love it, and you know what, she was right!

A Poem, by Jolie H.

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Being Generally Successful...


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I recently finished David Epstein’s new book “Range, Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World”. It’s a great book, well reported as would be expected, but also advancing an idea that has been overlooked and under-appreciated. As Epstein tells it, those who have the broadest range of experiences are those who find the best career fit for their skills and personality and are best able to come up with practical solutions to novel problems. Having “range” gets you the best career for you and helps make you really good at that career.

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Why we need animals in our lives (or, why are there goats at camp now?)


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This week, I had the pleasure of seeing one of my idols speak in person. Richard Louv, author of the groundbreaking book Last Child in the Woods, was speaking to a gathering in Portland Maine, about his new book Our Wild Nature. Louv has become fascinated with not only the connections between humans and the fellow creatures we share our planet with, but also the benefits that accrue as a result of those connections. Animals – domestic and wild, benefit from connections to humans in numerous ways (as opposed to the damage inflicted when humans fail to acknowledge the connection). Humans, Louv points out benefit in any number of ways from their connection to animals - from the mental health benefits of therapy animals, to the profound awe we feel when we encounter wild animals, to the varied benefits that accrue from a more diverse ecosystem. Diversity is healthy not just for organizations and political systems, it’s essential for healthy ecosystems.

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The sign says "Don't Play"...


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Last weekend was the first really nice weekend of Spring here in Maine. Not warm, but certainly not freezing. A great weekend to walk down to the town pier and beach with the kid and the dog, see what the local fishermen were up to, play around the rocks, let the dog swim and chase her frisbee (the kid ended up going for an unexpected swim, sometimes we all misjudge just how far away the next rock is…). It was lovely, we are so lucky to live here.

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Take a Stroll to Better Grades and Work


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Early today I was feeling very tired (thanks raccoon who visited our chickens at 1am!), a bit stressed, unsure of which of the tasks on my list were going to get accomplished, or even how to start them.  I was feeling daunted and kind of defeated, before I’d even started my work day.  I imagine that I am not alone, especially among those in our community dealing with school schedules filled with assignments, exam prep, finals, and a host of additional obligations.

Luckily, before I could do anything about it, I had to walk our son to the bus stop, and then walk the dog after that. 

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Why a Tech Free Camp for Teenagers?


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Conceptualizing the impact of technology on adolescent well-being in the silicon age.

MTC is effectively a tech free camp for our campers, and largely so for our staff. Technology is not absent – campers can listen to music on an MP3 player, staff record camper music on computers, campers can access a limited email system to communicate home, staff will use phones for communication and weather monitoring. However all of these uses are intentional, serving a wider programming or safety goal. Technology that does not help advance the core camp values and programming is not allowed. The question often asked is why technology isn’t allowed in camp. We think this is the wrong question. Instead, we would ask, why would technology be allowed in camp?

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How Does a Summer Camp in the Woods of Maine Foster The 4C’s of 21st Century Skills in Teenagers?


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If you’ve spent much time around schools, after school programs, or read the education section of the newspaper, the term 21st Century Skills is no doubt a familiar one to you. For those who aren’t familiar, 21st Century Skills are the skills identified as being essential for successful and happy lives and careers in the 21st century and beyond. It is widely recognized that for the near- and long-term future, in both the workplace and community, today’s kids will require analytic and critical thinking skills, information literacy, communications and teamwork skills. The term Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is frequently used to describe the acquisition of these kinds of skills. There is a contrast drawn to the skills more traditionally associated with K-12 education in the 20th century, which involve more content knowledge acquisition and specific skill-sets for singular, life-long professions.

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