VISTAS Counselor Professional and Career Development

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Keeping up with the Facebook and MySpace Generation: What Counselors Can Do

J. Barry Mascari and Jane Webber


Dick and Jane, principal characters of the 1950’s reading series, set a standard of behavior for the lives of American children. They carried lunch boxes as they walked through safe neighborhoods to a school where everyone looked like them. Dick and Jane went home and played baseball with their dog Spot, as their stay-at-home mother made dinner in her frilly apron. They finished their homework and then watched black and white television. Dick and Jane grew up with the Disneyesque lifestyle portrayed in the film Pleasantville.

Unfortunately, these heavily used school readers gave American children a distorted view since only a minority of people lived this idyllic suburban life without the intrusions of the modern world. Students of this era watched futuristic movies and television shows only to find that those visions have become reality: the Dick Tracey wristwatch two-way radio/television, Star Trek communicator, and portable music. Had Dick and Jane continued as a reading series into the Millennium, their lives would have been very different from the isolated, limited life they led; however, many adults still prefer that life instead of our technology-heavy world.

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