Seriously, if I could live a hundred different lifetimes, I think I would attempt to court Miranda Cosgrove in at least one of them.

Last night I watched a Screen Junkies video featuring cast members of the Despicable Me series, which features the actress named above in the role of eldest daughter Margo. I was reading through the comments (yes, I read YouTube comments; please don't judge me) and someone said something to the effect of "Wow, she looks young." And after seeing she was born in 1993, I was just thinking, "Wow, she's barely older than me... that's weird." And it is.

Being an American in the twenty-first century, I've consumed a lot of media, but as I've grown, the way I think about that media has changed pretty enormously. And even though my memory about the media I experienced as a child hasn't emerged fully intact I want to talk about my media experiences growing up.

One thing I want to mention is how the idea of tone and classification can be very fluid from the perspective of a child. When I was growing up, the first "serious adult" movie I remember seeing was a film called Pay It Forward. There was one scene in particular that captured my interest. Some schoolkids dared one of their number to touch his tongue to a frozen pole, then laughed at him when he couldn't remove it and left him. At the time I remember thinking of that scene is being very cruel and unpleasant, maybe even tragic. The only problem is, as I found out today, that scene isn't from Pay It Forward ; it's from A Christmas Story. The weird thing is that I don't remember ever seeing A Christmas Story ever in my life, although some of its references have osmosed into me over the years. And it's also pretty weird that I confused the movie it came from, but I think I might know why. A Christmas Story is supposed to be funny, but I found that scene really sad. Pay It Forward is supposed to be a dramatic film. So I guess maybe I categorized that scene with that movie due to a perceived similarity in tone?

One critical aspect of consuming media is the idea of suspending disbelief. However, when I thought about it, I decided that for a young kid, there really isn't much of any disbelief involved... I think that especially for plausible works or films shot in live motion, the entire concept of fiction is very difficult for a kid to understand. That definitely seems likely to me. But