I never saw anything on a TV for years. I didn't know what certain people in the Government or in the News looked like!
Did this affect how you got on with other kids at school ?. Did it for example make it harder to make friends and be accepted ?. Or were you discouraged
from making friends with "outsiders" anyway ?.
I think this is particularly damaging to how children get to perceive and interact with outsiders and diversity in general. It allows everything to be filtered throught the Stuthers "lens" rather than hearing or ( perish the thought ) learning from and about these outsiders directly.
Used judiciously and carefully by parents, television can be formative in a very positive way on future careers and life choices. Subjects that many kids might find boring in school, suddenly become interesting, inspirational and fun when presented engagingly on TV.
In addition, not hearing and seeing outsiders with different views, faiths or lifestyles speaking for themselves directly, means it is easier for negative stereotypes
of outsiders - as painted by Struthers leadership - to become engrained in these children. They - in effect can end up subconsciously hating the "sinner" as well as the "sin", even if this isnt explicitly being taught in sunday church.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 04/07/2011 08:27PM by seekingsusan.