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Some parents today are like the paparazzi. Bombarding their children trying to document their lives growing up. From videotaping their first steps to graduation day there are few big moments that aren’t documented.

It seems that we don’t have time to live in the moment. We snap a picture to help us recall the feelings of that day. If we didn’t have that picture, we fear that those feelings and memories would be lost forever.

As blogger Dave Pell argues, our desire to document everything is tainting our recollection of the event. He explains how his son’s memories of his second birthday have be altered because of the documentation he saw recording that event.

“The instant my son looked at the image, his imagination-driven perception of himself was replaced by a digital reproduction of the moment he had just experienced. He had a few seconds, not nearly long enough, to create his own internal version of what that moment looked — and by extension felt — like.

It’s impossible to create a mental picture of a moment when a digital version of that moment is staring you in the face (and often within seconds, the Facebook too).”

On the flip side, photos and videos offer a way to relive the event. For instance the New Yorker wrote, professional mountain biker Aaron Case is able to receive the same adrenaline rush of coursing down the Smoky Mountains with the help of his GoPro, a camera mounted on his helmet nearly replicating the real-life experience.

Today’s Question: How much does your camera determine your approach to important moments in life?

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MNsure Board Chair Brian Beutner addresses the media in regards to PreferredOne dropping out of its exchange with MNsure CEO Scott Leitz standing by his side, Sept. 16, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Bridget Bennett / MPR News
The insurance company with the lowest rates and most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange is pulling out.

Golden Valley-based PreferredOne this morning confirmed its exit from MNsure. It comes as a major blow to the exchange — the next open enrollment period is set to begin Nov. 15. MNsure said it would reach out soon to PreferredOne customers who bought coverage through MNsure last year with information on next steps.

“Consumers still have at least four, well-known, Minnesota based carriers who are committed to providing important health coverage to Minnesotans through MNsure, including people who qualify for tax credits and public programs,” MNsure said in a statement. [full story]

Today’s Question: What do you think of the provider change at MNsure?

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Adrian Peterson. File, Charlie Neibergall / AP “Allegations that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson injured one of his sons by spanking him with a tree branch are reviving a debate about corporal punishment in a country where it is on the decline but still widely practiced in homes and schools,” reports the Associated Press.

In every state in the country, a parent can legally hit their child as long as the force is “reasonable.” What’s considered reasonable varies from place to place and in many instances the question is left up to a jury in a kind of community-standard test. Generally, though, the law draws the line when the force causes an injury. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child defines it as any physical punishment intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light.

In Texas, where Vikings Peterson is accused, punishment is abusive if it causes injury. While a blow that causes a red mark that fades in an hour is not likely to be judged abusive, a blow that leaves a bruise, welt, or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive.

Today’s Question: How do you feel about corporal punishment?

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On three occasions in recent days, commercial flights have been interrupted by disputes over reclining passenger seats. Media reports have speculated that the traveling public has been pushed to a breaking point by shrinking legroom and other inconveniences associated with air travel. Seats are smaller, rows are packed closer together, overhead bins are full and Read more