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Comment by Soulf2 on March 3, 2011 at 8:21am
Comment by Joseph P on March 1, 2011 at 7:13pm

Hell yeah.  Phineas & Ferb has some of the most advanced vocabulary of any show on TV, period.  "I call it my Buoyancy Operated Aquatic Transport, or 'Bo-At' for short."  They also have the rare writing ability of knowing how long to drive a running joke into the ground, and then they ... drop the joke and find new ones!  What a concept!

 

Dunno about your perspective on video games versus TV shows, though.  There's something about the interactive nature of video games that helps add to the desensitizing effect and the adoption of negative behaviors, in minds that aren't morally solidified.  Hell, I know some 30-somethings whom I don't think are mature enough to handle violent video games.

 

I think the thing with brilliant kids and clueless adults started with Captain Planet and a few of the early Nickelodeon shows.  It always annoyed the hell out of me, even when I was a kid, although the Nickelodeon shows weren't as bad back then.  No, 12 year-olds are not endowed with special knowledge and understanding of the world.  Most of them are horribly gullible to outside influence and haven't learned to rationally judge what's likely to be true.  They're almost as bad as Fox News viewers.

Comment by Marc Draco on March 1, 2011 at 1:44pm

@Andrew (and sorry all for being OT). No one is casting aspersions on anyone; on the contrary, I'm suggesting that (certainly outside of US culture which I am not familiar with) Disney channel produces a lot of live action shows which conform to a commercial formula. This formula rarely reflects "real life" and teens are often portrayed as being smarter than the adults around them.

 

Certainly, they are often shown as being more mature than a person of that age would be in reality. Many Disney child stars move into later life as rich train wrecks; discarded like trash. Of course, the damage is already done to the viewers long before.

 

In small amounts, this is harmless, but with Disney it's hour after hour of the stuff.

 

Cartoons, particularly the more abstract ones such as Spongebob and Phineas & Ferb, are different. Now, if no on else minds I'll move this to a proper debate on Origins...

Comment by Andrew Hall on March 1, 2011 at 12:45pm

With the Disney thing I got traumatized by the "It's a Small World" song when I was a kid. I even made up my own lyrics:

 

It's a world of hatred, a world of fear.

It's a world of sudden death, my dear.

It's abundantly clear, that no one cares.

It's a small world after all.

 

It's a small world after all.

Makes it easier to nuke it all.

It's a small world after all.

It's a small small world.

 

I wouldn't cast aspersions onto those who watch shows for younger kids. I still watch a fair amount of Top Cat when given the chance.

Comment by Brianna Starfish on March 1, 2011 at 11:12am
@Marc, actually I think that the shows are decent role models for impressionable minds, as long as they aren't following the stars outside of the shows themselves. They are never underdressed in the shows, or dance provocatively, and there's always a lesson to be learned about family, friendship, being true to yourself, not taking the easy way out of things, etc etc. If I had kids, I'd rather have them watching these shows than MTV or Twilight. But as you said, it's probably better discussed elsewhere, so I'll shut up now.
Comment by Gina H on March 1, 2011 at 9:57am
@Marc Draco  Here in my part of the US, I'm usually the only one looking around the room while all heads are bowed. Oh wait - me and any young children that might be in the room.
Comment by Marc Draco on March 1, 2011 at 9:53am

@UUMom... you want to try that in England - it's hard to find ANYONE praying; unless you go to a church on Sunday (and even then, they are not exactly busy).

 

Yet - according to our government, we're a CHRISTIAN country... HEEEELLLOOOOO....!

Comment by Marc Draco on March 1, 2011 at 9:45am

@Brianna and Dr K: look in the mirror ladies - how old is the reflection looking back at you? ;-)

 

I don't mean to be disparaging - quite the opposite - my point is simply that Disney is not a good role model for impressionable "tweens" who have not got a fully developed mind. The influence is, in my experience, quite damaging for some. Worse than just playing computer games. Anyway, this is a discussion best held elsewhere such as a memoryplex thread I started a few weeks back in Terry Meaden's group.

Comment by UUMom on March 1, 2011 at 9:27am
@Andrew Love the gang sign post, but there's one way atheists can identify each other: Go to a public meeting that starts with prayer and look around to see who else is not praying.
Comment by dr kellie on March 1, 2011 at 8:13am

Brianna, I went to see Hanna Montana: The Movie the first day it was out.  I'm 41.  Suck it haters!

 

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