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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Pornflakes and other subliminal messages

I don't actually have any Pornflakes, but if I were trying to secretly woo the impressionable to a collection of dirty pictures I might do it under the guise of a fun breakfast cereal...with dirty pictures inside. And I'd justify it by saying that the pictures might not be the worst thing in the box. Maybe the sugar and other "processing" chemicals are worse.

See how a twisted mind works? Good, 'cause this is where I make a hypocrite out of myself.

This morning I saw a news report about British authorities banning smoking scenes from popular cartoons.

And I have to confess their argument that smoking was being made attractive under the guise of a cutesy cartoon made me angry.

We all know what smoking can do to your health - make you sick, kill you, yadda, yadda. But I want to see some evidence that Tom or Jerry taking the occasional drag has made large numbers of kids start smoking.

With the climate of criminal violence we live in today I'm more worried about my neighbor's kid adopting some other cartoon behavior and beating my brains out with a baseball bat, convinced all the while I have nine lives and will get up and shake it off.

Watching the cat and the mouse smoke when I was a kid never made me want to smoke. But watching Wile E. Coyote try to slaughter the Road Runner did make me wonder if dropping an anvil on my sister's head was feasible.


  • Good point. All this huff and puff (ehem) ... I think peer pressure is probably the worst (when it comes to smoking and other things)

    By Blogger Manola Blablablanik, at 11:06 PM  

  • I agree. With all of the cartoons on television today, the last thing that I am worried about is a cartoon character smoking a Kool 100. Maybe they haven't noticed but cartoon characters these days beat each others brains out, make dirty jokes and some even curse..And if my memory serves me right (I have a 6 yr old son) I had to stop him from watching one cartoon called the Adventures of Billy and Mandy because of some issues with a grim reaper!

    By Blogger The Diary of Me, at 10:05 AM  

  • Hi there! What is a porn flake, and where can I get one? LOL

    By Blogger Angie, at 10:11 AM  

  • Of course you wondered about dropping an anvil on yr sister's head, James. That's all part of having sisters, or brothers!

    I'm with you on the o.O on this one though. I reckon the kids are far more likely to copy the violence (not to mention the swearing etc of other cartoons), probably the way of 'relating' to other people as two-dimensional characters too. Hmmm.

    Having said which, I think it's more about how much parents let the children watch, & what, & what else they do - together preferably.

    By Anonymous bronchitikat, at 4:43 AM  

  • Hey, don't underestimate the power of these fictional characters. I've heard horror stories of adults getting their eyes poked and hair torn out after someone watched The Three Stooges.

    By Blogger The Sarcasticynic, at 3:51 PM  

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