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Going Against the Corporate Grain,
This review is from: The Case For Make-Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World (Hardcover)
A cultural observer from our past would find the thesis of this book as a strange commentary on our age. "Advocating for creative play? Since when do we need lobbyists for make believe?"
Since now. After all, we live in a time when playing "dress up" means putting on a licensed Disney Corporation costume.
As Susan convincingly points out, not only is creative play not encouraged in the media, it actually threatens corporate profits. After all, what kid would need a Playstation if he or she is putting on a puppet show for the neighborhood?
THE CASE FOR MAKE-BELIEVE is not simply a diatribe protesting the way things are. Linn is a child psychologist at Harvard, and she reinforces her arguments with specific (and often heart-warming) case studies of kids, tweens, and teens. I really think this book (and Linn's work with the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood) should be required reading for parents.
Also recommended: Consuming Kids: Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing & Advertising.