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Thursday, August 31

Shopping Cart TV?

Are you kidding me? A television inside a shopping cart for children? This thing rents for a dollar and will show your child videos while you shop. Doesn't take a genius to figure out what kind of videos are available as if they are not faced with technologies on an hourly basis. I was under the impression that getting your kids out of the house was to get them away from the television and computer screens to perhaps participate in a bit of social interaction and a display of decent behavior. Just give up on teaching your children patience and manners and strap them into a shopping cart where they will be even more targeted by the vast advertising machine that we as parents work so hard to control. Sounds like a great idea. I'm sure the stores that are testing these things have been garanteed some kind of benefit, most likely in the form of revenue. Just another thing for parents to have to battle.

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At 3:46 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh no, I'm so incredibly against this! Advertising is too damn prevelant, as is media & television in general! Little children, esp. the age rage that would be riding in these carts, shouldn't have to be subjected to this, and parents shouldn't have to battle it. Advertising is insidious!


PS: I read somewhere that Bhutan doesn't allow advertising in their borders, and, coicidently, their citizens rank among the happiest in the world. However, I've done some internet searching, and couldn't find any good data to support this rumor.

 
At 4:22 PM, Blogger kidletsmum said...

That's frightful. Although I have some complaints about living in a third world country, it's sure nice to be away from the insidious advertising of the West. Of course, we don't have a tv, so that shelters us some.

TV in a shopping cart?! I'm still blown away by this... horrified...

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger MaMa-Feminista said...

It's really just crazy. I'm sure if every supermarket in the country had them we would see many a scuffle in the store when either there were none available or a parent said no. I hope if this becomes a larger issue, that parents rights groups will loudly revolt.

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Kate said...

Jennifer,

There is plenty of US data that says childhood depression is linked to advertising exposure and, all of you are right, there certainly are enough venues for the stuff!

 
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