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 @ 9:20pm

    Trust me, you do NOT want you kids on most Fanfic!

    This is just one example of the demented people who write there. Nothing in the real world compares with this; I'd rather show my the reality of war then have them read this!

    Given that, there is a heck of a lot of fanfiction much better then what I've read in books; and lot of better books then JKR wrote.

    Note also that 2/3 of the stories have slash in them, so really...

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