childhood, quotation

Quotation of the Day: Go Play

Happy Jumping Child by Chris Roll
Image courtesy of Chris Roll / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“There’s a huge part of the advertising industry whichis designed to capture children. And it’s destroying childhood. Anyone who has any experience with children can see this. It’s literally destroying childhood. Kids don’t know how to play. They can’t go out and, you know,like when you were a kid or when I was a kid, you have a Saturday afternoon free. You go out to a field and you’re finding a bunch of other kids and play ball or something. You can’t do anything like that. It’s gotto be organized by adults, or else you’re at home with your gadgets, your video games. But the idea of going out just to play with all the creative challenge, those insights: that’s gone. And it’s done consciously to trap children from infancy and then to turn them into consumer addicts. And that means you’re out for yourself. You got the Ayn Rand kind of sociopathic behavior, which comes straight out of the consumer culture. Consumer culture means going out for myself; I don’tgive a damn about anyone else. I think it’s really destroying society in a lot of ways. And education is part of it.”

~Noam Chomsky

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