a reply to: Fallingdown
First, thanks for not pointing.
I do not like it either when children are used. Myself, I break children up into to age categories. One are the children who are still children. The
other are young adults, teens kinda, it depends upon the teen.
When a teen speaks up and makes a plea for the future I applaud that teen. When the media takes that teen and then tries to turn them into an icon or
a celebrity or a hero of the revolution, that is wrong.
For the media, well, I guess that I see that rather than a bias so much, I see them as vultures.They swoop in and eat who ever they can find to make
But back to using children. I saw one of those '' feel good'' bits on the news the other night about this little girl who had written a book about
whatever. Really it had been her mother who had written the book off of her daughters excitement over whatever it was. The mother....
Likewise I abhor the use of children for marketing. This is almost a constant. Marketing to children who have no money or means to it other than mom
and dads pocket book. It's not the kids who are buying but the parents because the kids have been used by the sales people to wiggle their way into
mom and dads pocket books.
Wanna sell more cheap burger crap? Give the kids a clown to attract them. Not enough? Insert a little playground as well. Want to appeal to their
social consciousness? Open a medical unit for children and name it after the clown.
Some marketing guy figures let's write a jingle that will lodge itself in the unformed minds of the children and we will have them for life. Let's get
em to cry and stomp their feet unless they get to go there for the cheap burgers in a box with a crap little toy in it...
Let's gear, what, half? of our movies at children. Let's get huge mega stars to star in a movie for children. Let's turn huge swaths of our movie
industry over to cartoons that will appeal to children.
Let's find the next rock group of young teenagers to be pop heroes to the 10 year olds. What a gimmick. Better yet, let's hold an audition and pick
four or five with different looks, not to different though, and give them personas that will appeal to the sexual attentions of the 11 and 12 year
olds. Let's write their music for them and get them a choreographer to teach them how to dance in unison. They get older so let's do it again every
five years or so.
It's not new Down, this use of children, that was my original post in this tread, it's part of our culture and is inbred into it from ages ago. I
prefer to not focus on just one aspect of it.