I’ve just had an email from Anthony Metivier, @metivier , something which happens on an almost daily basis as he has a very active mailing list. Normally it is about some useful aspect of memory training and links to a video or podcast. HOWEVER this morning it was different and I shall simply reproduce it here in full as it is , I think, rather important for anyone interested in Memory:
You know how memory techniques require association, right?
For example, if you want to memorize a name like Joe, you might think of a G.I. Joe toy.
Well, ancient memory teachers are rolling in their graves right now because the FTC in the USA is going to fine YouTube creators around the world more than $40,000 every time they mention toys.
I’m not kidding.
The law is called COPPA.
And if you look at the vague description of the law, even mentioning Fred Rogers puts us at risk.
A bunch of YouTube creators have been speaking up about this dangerous law.
And I’ve summed up everything as it pertains to the teaching of memory techniques - by quoting Fred Rogers himself in today’s critically important video lesson:
COPPA: How Would Giordano Bruno And Fred Rogers Teach Memory Techniques in 2020?
Look, I understand if you’re only interested in memory techniques.
But I’m reaching out because we only get to have so much great teaching about the memory tradition on the internet because we’re currently free to talk about how they work.
If you’d like to see this teaching continue, now is the time to speak up and “stop” in the same way Mr. Rogers sang when he went before the US Senate.
And I don’t think I’m being dramatic when I say that if you don’t speak up as he did decades ago…
You’re going to have to hold your peace as laws like these grind your memory and ability to think critically into dust.
Now is the time to use your voice, so click here now to watch this video, share it around and get involved in the discussion.
Dr. Anthony Metivier
P.S. I’ll be back with you soon to offer another free memory training video, blog post or podcast…
And if we can just band together when we collectively send this video to the FTC by commenting and hitting that thumbs up, I surely will.
P.P.S. Some of you may remember the cartoon I started called “Edgar vs. The Evil Dr. Forget.”
They both make a cameo in this video, something that is now supposedly not allowed - just as talking about G.I. Joe or Mr. Rogers is not allowed.
I will never be able to make a second episode of that cartoon if this law persists.
Now, truly is the time to act and express your displeasure to the FTC. There’s a petition to sign and the link to it is in the video description. Thank you for your support.