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Letters from Proxima Thule


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I’ve never seen Caillou so I can’t comment directly on it, but I think one could make the case that pre-schoolers, whose social skills and whose ability to separate fiction from non-fiction are still pretty weak, need different kinds of TV than six-to-nine-year-olds, who finally have enough brainpower to understand that other children exist and that they suck. A conflict-driven plot that an older kid would find cathartic might just scare a younger kid.

Note that if Caillou codes as a kindergartener, then the show must be pitched to children who are young enough to see kindergarteners as Big Kids Worthy Of Respect.

See my comment to nelc above about plots that could have had the same content without the screaming pitch of privilege so huge it might as well be magical powers over nature and humanity.

Well, very young children do tend to see themselves or their parents as having magical powers. If the long-anticipated beach trip has to be cancelled on account of rain, Mommy must be personally responsible for the rain; if the drive to the beach takes two hours, every whine of “are we there yet?” must make the car go faster. Maybe this show is a kind of escapism for toddlers, the way West Wing is escapism for adult good-government liberals?

Even though that's how young children see the world, I'm not sure it's necessary to reinforce or normalize that through their entertainment.

And I'm going to pretend I didn't read the last bit of that comment. The West Wing perfectly reflects reality, I don't know what you're talking about.

That's what I was thinking, too. My 3 year old granddaughter watches it (and several others, some in Russian, as her mom's a Russian American!) and while I find it vomit-worthy, she kind of plays with her toys with it in the background. I don't know how many kids are hanging on every word looking for the Secret to Life and Big Kids, really...

This. I worked in a day care and the four-year-olds imitated violence even when only the bad characters enacted it.

Or you have ones like my little budding sociopath who always want to BE the bad guys. I never know whether to be amused or concerned that he always mimics the 'bad guy' from ANY movie we watch, and never pretends to be the hero...

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