From the author of Consuming Kids, a clarion call for preserving play in our material world, a book every parent will want to read.
In the nationally celebrated Consuming Kids, Susan Linn provided an unsparing look at how modern childhood is molded by commercialism. The resulting threat to children's play is the subject of her timely and fascinating new book.
In The Case for Make Believe, Linn argues that, while play is crucial to human development, nurturing creative play in modern-day America is not only countercultural--it's a threat to corporate profits.
At the heart of the book are gripping stories of children at home, at school, and in a therapist's office using make believe to grapple with real-life issues from entering kindergarten to the death of a sibling.
In an age when toys come from TV shows, dress-up means wearing Disney costumes, and parents believe Baby Einstein is educational, Linn lays out the inextricable links between play, creativity, and health, showing us why we need to protect our children from corporations that aim to limit their imaginations- Cody's Books
Susan Linn is the associate director of the Media Center at Judge Baker Children's Center, instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.
Susan Linn, author of The Case for Make Believe, underscores the importance of creative play in a democracy. Without creative play, Linn claims, we may be susceptible to the hype, rote behavior, and gullibility of fascism.
Linn gives the example of marketing toys like the Play-Doh McDonald's hamburger which damage imagination by adhering to the "only one right way to do things" rule.
Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, remembers her FTC complaint filed against Disney's Baby Einstein for "false and deceptive marketing."
Although our government is "in love with the market" and "hates regulation," the complaint succeeded. Linn draws a parallel between the marketing tactics and deception of the Bush administration and Baby Einstein.
Sure, when I use to play with legos, I followed the instructions that came in the box to build whatever the instructions said, but you know what? two days later, I would rip that thing apart and throw it into the pile with the other legos, and build my own creation. Think about hackers, what do they do? They find different ways to use things that had only one use.