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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, August 19, 2011
This review is from: The Disappearance of Childhood (Paperback)
I'm not going to restate all the other good reviews here...they've said it precisely enough. I'll just add that I have a 6 month old daughter and this book has altered how I view her future. Can there be a more powerful result of the printed word? I'm not going to throw out my TV, but I am going to make sure she watches it very rarely at home. What's the point, really? I think back to all the TV I've watched in my life--what a waste! What have I gained (besides getting confirmation that the Culture is cratering) from watching The Jersey Shore, The Super Bowl, The Bachelor, The Sopranos, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, the Today Show, the Nightly News, Fox, CNN, earthquakes, floods, telethons, 9/11 and on and on and on. One hour per day (minimum) x 365 days a year x 20 years = very depressing.
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Initial post: Sep 4, 2011 12:24:26 PM PDT
dc1691 says:
Good luck to you. Good luck to everyone with young children to raise. It is hell out there. I have 1 left at home who is 12-13 and it is not fun. It is a CONSTANT battle to make her understand 1) just because everyone else watches it or has access to it on the internet does not make it right 2) just because their parents are allowing technology to raise them instead of becoming stewards of their children's life -- does not mean they have "better" parents 3) just because a program has cartoon images, does not mean it is for children! (That last one has caused me to believe there is actually some kind of "conspiracy going on against our children.) Unless you have the resources to isolate you children in a bubble of people with ideas and values similar to your own it is all up hill, so put your armour on -- you will need it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2011 1:04:15 PM PDT
I'm expecting a battle. What pct of parents you know 'understand' the problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2011 12:37:23 PM PDT
dc1691 says:
I would say about 90% are oblivious to the problem. Why is my estimate so high? Well, I study human behavior, culture in particular, and how it influences the values and belief systems of others. I would have to say, if the parents are engaging in a steady diet of reality television themselves, if they are "caught up" in the numerous distractions, suspiciously, made available to us, e.g., keeping up with the Jones', the American "beauty obsession" etc., then little attention is being paid to messages influencing their children. Funny thing I've observed about people who watch reality TV is that they tend to take on the belief systems of the "actors". It is all a vicious cycle. Most important, if parents are not thinking, critically, about these same messages they are sending to their children by their own actions, they can not possibly have any grasp on ever "understanding the problem."

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2011 4:10:49 PM PDT
dc1691 says:
A must read for parents who are critical thinkers. Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children
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