Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Down With Disney

I wanted a rag doll- like Granny used to make- but the big toy store didn't have any. What it mostly had was merchandise from the entertainment giants- and I try not  to buy that stuff. I want kids to have toys that stimulate the imagination, not toys that slip them into a ready-made fantasy world. A rag doll is its own thing. It comes without a back-story and its owner has to invent a voice for it, invent its character and adventures.  A Disney Princess, on the other hand- or a Star Wars play set-  arrives with all that character and world building already done. It puts the imagination to sleep.

The entertainment giants (meaning Disney mainly) have colonized the culture of childhood. They are turning our children into clients, consumers, fans...
Subscribe

  • This And That

    The dead fox was gone by yesterday evening. It's what one pays one's council tax for. Whoever removed it isn't paid nearly enough. I…

  • Dead Fox

    There's a dead fox lying on the roadside verge a stone's throw away. I don't like dead things lying around. I'd be no good in a…

  • Burra

    Edward Burra lived just up the coast- at Playden on the outskirts of Rye. I'm currently reading his biography by Jane Stevenson. It was a…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 6 comments