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RE: Indigo Flame War

For those who haven't seen the ongoing discussion on Fark.com regarding last week's Observer cover story on Indigo kids, much of it is in response to a quote in the lead section from Dusk, the boy on the cover. The quote reads, "I'm an avatar. I can recognize the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire. The next avatar won't come for 100 years." As one Illinois reader pointed out:

"'Avatar' is a cartoon on Nickelodeon about a little bald monk boy who uses the power of the four elements of water, fire, earth and air to save the world. They come along every 100 years, the story of the show goes. Always nice to see little ADD kids jerking around cultist adults.'"

And another reader wrote:

"It is clear to me that this child was playing avatar and his words were not meant to be taken literally. For those who are unfamiliar with the tv show it might seem that this child possesses some sort of ancient wisdom, when in fact he was just acting out the story from a popular show."
Who says TV isn't educational for kids? --Jesse Hyde

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Robert Wilonsky
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