I don't think the phenomenon is new at all although it has come to a head
in the last decade or so.The rags to riches fairy tales that Disney
drew on are very old, Snow White and Cinderella come to mind, two of the earlier
full length Disney features, and the shallow aspirations they represent are
surely much older still. Multitudes are ever feeling their way to that great
and spacious Hall of Fame, where one wears silks and satins with their
artificial luster, and can look down with false superiority upon the generality
of mankind. Such a building is without real foundation, of course, and
ultimately must come crashing down.It has gotten worse, I think I
have witnessed that, aided by older generations. Now, in a nation that has no
kings, we have a great many screen goddesses, homecoming queens, many more drama
queens and fifty million princesses. On the male side we have had at least a
King of Rock and Roll, a jazz Duke and Count, screen Adonises and of course
aspirants to be the aptly titled "American Idol".
Encourage your kids to read. Let them experience the world enough so that before
they get concerned about living the life of a disney teen star they recognise
that the programming is crap and ignore it.
"But even from the trailer, it is easy to see he is not likely to win such
an honor on merit. His cocky cluelessness is the crux of much hilarity."would that not then imply they where mocking his quest for fame without
effort? not a great example to use to try to make your point sorry. Just like every chicken little story you run on a daily bases the reality just
doe not match your fear mongering. look at the crime rates look at the teen
pregnancy rates look outside your shuttered windows the world is not ending.
I noticed this sort of trend first among teenage movies about ten years ago.
About the time Lindsey Lohan was still not a complete trainwreck, in fact. Usually such movies followed a similar plot... Girl is
socially awkward, but has some hidden talent that she either discovers during
the movie or is just unappreciated. Girl is mocked by the popular girls.
Girl's parents are not helpful, mostly clueless or funny. Girl goes through
moments of self discovery, usually involving a makeover montage, and many
changeable suits of apparel, makeup, hair-do, etc... People notice girl, and she
hits it big with her talent (usually she's part of a rock band).This has been hitting the screens and in TV over and over and over and over
and over again. Of course insert boy for girl, and change rock band to something
to do with sports (or superpowers) and you have a similar teen boy movie. Anyhow it's really something to consider, really excellent article.
I can't wait to share it with my teenage daughters. Best regards...
Whatever happened to fighting evil, saving lives, and actively avoiding
recognition for it?
Instead of forcing them to NOT watch Disney Channel, why not just teach them why
they shouldn't aspire to be like those characters? The shows are fun to
watch - just like any other tv show or movie or book in the realm of fantasy.
Keeping your perspective and knowing what is real and what isn't is the
important thing. This isn't a new thing - ever actually watch I Love
Lucy? She spends every episode trying to break out into showbiz, or at least
trying to achieve the ends SHE wants - it's not usually about what Ricky
wants. But that doesn't stop us from enjoying her pratfalls. Moderation, discretion, that's what parents should be teaching children,
instead of to stop enjoying life.
This article is absolutely correct. Modern television is creating an entire
generation of mean, selfish, fame hunting youngsters.Television
teaches youth that their desires are the only thing that matters, and they
should demand to be admired by all simply because they exist. In fact,
television goes so far as to teach youth that other people only matter if they
can be used to gratify one's desires.Parents also deserve
condemnation here. If they weren't using television as a babysitter, this
problem wouldn't exist.
"Rebecca Snow, a mother of four in Provo, Utah, said she has a policy
against all Disney Channel productions. 'I found those shows to be very
materialistic and very sexist,' she said."----------------I have to agree. Not only has programming on the
Disney Channel become corrupted by this stuff, it's everywhere.I'm sure Walt would be very disappointed to so the way his baby has