Television captures (literally) the audience so commercials can convenience the viewer to buy products. Not sure who coined the phrase “electronic baby sitter” but the phrase fits today’s media. Just think about how this has even morphed itself into DVD players built into cars so the kids in the back seat can be ‘entertained.’ Parenting did not get easier with electronics – just more complicated.
Saturday morning television (and, I’m sure, Sunday through Friday too), is not quite what it used to be in the olden days. Since my grandkids have lived with me, I’ve seen weird talking sponges, bunnies and squirrels using cell phones, human families with wild superpowers, princesses and pirates, and idiotic starfish, to name a few.
Now, I don’t expect it to be much like when I was a kid. With the ease of computers, poppy music, and an overabundance of adorable, obnoxious, little kid actors and actresses, it’s not hard to put together a half hour of babble. There is money to be made in morning TV land, and somewhere there must be a study that says to sell to kids you must be loud, colorful, hip, and overbearing. It is a sugar-filled, rude, sassy, whirlwind trip through psychedelics…
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