Fame and fortune: the new focus of TV for kids

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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    April 30, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    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".

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 28, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    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.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 13, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    "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.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    April 13, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    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...

  • Mr. Whim Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 13, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    Whatever happened to fighting evil, saving lives, and actively avoiding recognition for it?

  • millercarlita RIVERTON, UT
    April 13, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    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.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    April 13, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    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.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    "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 turned out.