Alters, “The Other Side of Fandom: Anti-Fans, Non-Fans, & the Hurts of History”

August 17, 2008

I found this article oddly fascinating. Two very different sets of parents, two very different childhood experiences that shaped them, and yet the very same response (albeit described in rather opposite terms). We cannot shelter from media. It’s prolific. Ubiquitous. And it’s unwise to raise children without the proper tools to deconstruct their culture, media messages, etc. You can’t capture, relive, or replicate the past. You just can’t. But we can propose new ways forward. Interesting, by the way, that neither family thought to challenge the commercialization of TV, though both were clearly displeased by it and sought to shelter their kids from its negative effects.

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