Cartoons and Their Effect on Children

2021 Words Oct 14th, 2012 9 Pages
Cartoons : A double edged sword
Ever since its invention, television has found its way into every child’s bedroom. It is simple yet powerful and has become an essential part of every household, entertaining children of all ages with the various animated programs it offers. However, the amount of time a child spends fixed in front of a television screen is incredible. In fact, children under the age of 11 spend more than 28 hours a week fixed in front of their television screens (Boyse).It is important to consider the quality of television shows because no one can deny the fact that children have become addicted to them. Children are subject to a plethora of cartoons that range from entertaining to educational. These programs invite
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In fact, this may lead to an understanding that girls should be slender and thin in order to be accepted in society. In “ Aladdin” Jasmine uses her body to seduce and distract the villain who’s after Aladdin. This encourages young girls to use their body to manipulate people in an effort to get what they want.
Thus, the potential danger of stereotypes in cartoons can be depicted as using subliminal messages to affect children’s minds. However , some people might argue that these messages are perhaps unintentional and open to different interpretation. Others might even justify these subliminal messages by claiming that sexism is inevitable in this male dominated society. However, an irrefutable fact remains: many cartoon producers treat children as consumers and not students to be educated (“The Good Things About Television”). In fact, many companies employ subliminal messages in cartoons as a lucrative strategy for marketing their products and merchandise. According to Giroux and Pollock (3) “Corporations such as Disney recognize the potential of lucrative profit to be made of the commodification of children’s culture.”
On another level, it is generally believed that cartoons are designed with the object of enriching children’s understanding of the world by improving their
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