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By: Dorothy G. Singer

In: Children & Television: Images in a Changing Sociocultural World

Chapter 5: Creativity of Children in a Television World

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Creativity of Children in a Television World
Creativity of children in a television world
DorothyG.Singer
Introduction

In the remote Amazonian rain forest village of Gorotire, Brazil, a satellite dish brings He-Man and the Flintstones to the naked Kaiapo Indian children. No longer do the families gather at night to meet and to talk, to pass on information or to tell stories. The villagers call television the “big ghost.” Beptopup, the oldest medicine man, says, “The night is the time the old people teach the young people. Television has stolen the night” (Simons, 1989, p. 36). If television has stolen the night away from the Kaiapo Indians, it has stolen the day and night away from most U.S. children. The average U.S. family watches approximately 28 hours of television ...

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