The Importance Of Pop Culture In A Child's Imagination

from the stop-the-moral-panics dept

There's a long tradition of many parents whining about whatever pop cultural element is enticing their children -- mainly just because it's different than the type of cultural elements they had when they were kids. In some cases, it even reaches the point of a moral panic. However, reader ChurchHatesTucker writes in to point to news concerning some research done into fandom around the Harry Potter series, which basically found that children need pop culture in their lives, as a way of building up their imaginations, and creating the framework for their own storytelling activities. It doesn't seem to matter much the quality of the content -- just that it gives the kids something to work with in order to craft their own imaginative worlds.
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    joe, 27 Jan 2009 @ 2:09am

    I raised my 5 children in a home filled with books. Virtually no television. "Games" did not exist. Each played competitive sports most of their childhood. Now, all are adults with excellent careers as varied as key programmer of one of the world's most famous web sites to a nationally known musician. There are now six grandchildren, similarly raised with books and activities instead of TV and games. The oldest just graduated CumLaude from a top university and is now heading for a Masters at another. The others are on a similar tracks related to their own interests and talents. I doubt that the above could be said of any other group of 11 children raised on a diet of pop culture, television and D&D. It is a lazy and selfish parent who would allow anyone else, especially "pop culture" - whose only interest is financial gain - to have a role in their child's future.

    It saddens me, when I pass the neighborhood game seller's store, to note that there always is a bunch of kids ranging from grade school to high school - and older - waiting to buy noisy, violent games, while the library down the block is totally empty. My sadness is both for our society and for them.

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