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Richard,
If I could propose a hypothesis along the lines of what Ultraviolet G was saying, perhaps the way these books/movies/media are framed is more important than the media themselves? I would imagine that introducing young minds to rubbish and telling them that it is in fact rubbish, comforting rubbish, funny rubbish, etc. would be good for them in terms of learning to think for themselves. It would fit with the idea that we are evolved to listen to our parents at a young age, and explain my (though few) observations that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" ideologically. I'd also guess that there's entirely too much literature on the subject out there in the form of parenting books.

Good luck with the experimentation.

PS: I also just remembered reading somewhere about the human mind being evolved to emulate other people/things, and perhaps that might add to it.

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 13:36:00 UTC | #258838