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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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2009 @ 9:06pm

    Re: RE: post #1

    Which brings up an interesting point. The *way* the classics are written is harder for beginners, or even skilled readers, to understand. Shakespear may have great plays and written so that the commoners can have a laugh as well, but trying to read that now...

    The meanings of words changes over time. As do phrases or even just references. It would not surprise me if in 100 years time, Harry Potter isn't a "children's book" just like the Illiad isn't a bedtime story (though if you have a great storyteller, that's another story).

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