A study by researchers at the University of Virginia concludes that cognitive function in children after watching nine minutes of SpongeBob SquarePants suffers vis-a-vis cognitive function in children who have watched that dreadful whiner Caillou. I don't disagree with the study's conclusions; I disagree with the study. Determining what cartoon makes you smart is like asking what grape soda makes you fit. Read my article @ the American Spectator that posits that even someone who lives in a pineapple under the sea wouldn't fall for such academic nonsense.
You should ban all that crap. If they have to ist in front of a screen, show them movies - good ones with either some merit artistically, or with a strong moral (i.e., do not show them Kingpin).
I agree totally about Caillou. I didn't know he was Canadian, though. I hate him even more now.
Are people completely mad?!
That's a rhetorical question.
What is so bad about a little yellow talking sponge who has friends, a job he loves, supports himelf and his pet, smiles constantly and sings songs like "It's The Best Day Ever"??
Yes, yes - a real threat to Western Civilization.
Good post really interesting and usefull.
I never said he was a threat to Western Civilization, I said it was crap.
Of course, if everything the culture turns out artistically is crap....
Wasn't pointing at your post H.F. My comment was based on what I've been hearing and reading about this and the fact that there are adults that are verklempt about an innocuous cartoon character.
If people have so little faith in their spawn that they think a few minutes a day of Sponge Bob Squarepants will ruin the little darlings, then they should be looking in the mirror and thinking more seriously about what kind of parents they are.
And with all of the very serious $hite going on in this country and the world, it would behoove more people to start paying attention the 'Big Stuff'. You know, the stuff that will have a much greater and more serious present and future impact on their kids.
What the media culture does to children's brains IS the "Big Stuff", since you mention it....
The media is, what it is. It's pervasive and typically caters to the lowest common denominator. And since the advent of and proliferation of the electronic media, it's gotten worse.
So, what do you do? Turn it off, walk away, monitor what your kids see, only the best you can do. That's the reality I think.
I'm not sure if there is anyplace where things are better because people are generally f'd these days.
Let's be very clear Homer...Caillou is FRENCH Canadian.
Interesting article about Spongebob. Everything in moderation.