Latest Absurd Moral Panic: Parents Complain Amazon Echo Is Creating Rude Children

It wouldn’t be a month at Techdirt without one group or another engaging in a fit of moral hysteria over something they really don’t need to spend precious calories worrying about. Whether it’s the false claim that video games create deadly assassins, VR makes us slaves to Mark Zuckerberg, smartphones have demolished cultural civility or having Google at our fingertips makes us dumber, there’s always something new to waste time having a hissy fit over.The latest case in point is Amazon’s smart home play known as the Amazon Echo, a glorified speaker PC combo that will take voice commands, play music, or tell you the weather when asked — all useful but not exactly revolutionary fare. Still, an unspecified number of parents are apparently now worried that the Echo AI…


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