|2008-12-23 20:38 (UTC)
|if it was just them
Equally disturbing are those parents who really and truly believe that
they and their children should strive to match the ideals presented by
advertising both in consumption and appearance. I hazard to think that
for every child convinced by advertising there are many more convinced by
either their parents implicit or explicit values or those of their peer group.
We are not a culture that values moderation or doing the best
within reason with what you have. We are an extremist culture that oscillates between
one all-or-nothing push and the next. We want to blame (the advertisers) and
take action "talk to your kids (now)", rather than
do the hard thing and set a good example through moderation over the long
run. We need to accept our physical limitations just as we need to accept
that our culture has physical ideals, and neither of those are bad things
in themselves, but are what we make of them. Got to respect Dove though,
coming out swinging.