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Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Stunts and test runs make gadgets fun for interested teens.

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For those with an interest in gadgetry, Gizmodo is a kick. What better way to test whether an "action" camera is any good than to watch testers attempt to open camera packages, mount them on helmets or skateboards, and then film themselves as they hurtle down the mountain lying on their back? Consumer Reports has been doing this kind of work for decades, but a dry chart on performance is not quite as fun to look at as a bunch of young, cute techno geeks gleefully putting objects through their paces.

On the other hand, though the show encourages a critical look at gadgets, consumption is uncritical. We are already paying the environmental and social costs of more gadgetry; maybe it's crazy to expect Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers to address that, but it's certainly something that may occur to parents who watch with their kids.

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