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The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy - Exploit Animation to Weave a Malicious Social Satire

"The younger kids just end playing habits, lifestyles, relationships, type of music and modes that do not correspond to their age". - AUC Magazines

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(MADRID) - For the kids, no new technology is competing with television, which has become an accomplice of amusements, distraction and happiness. Neither consoles or video games, or mobile phone.

If new technologies are so important in the development of the kids, do we parents know how much time spend our children in front of the TV? Do we know the content they watch? Do the television networks respect the hours aimed at children and youth content? The children spend too much time on TV, more than two hours a day, between 4 and 14 years. They watch series and cartoons for all ages and after the hours reserved for children and youth content.

A study by the Association of Communication Users (AUC) made to the Ombudsman for Children in Spain, reveals that the most common time when the kids see TV is between ten and twelve o'clock at night, when there is no legal limitation to protect the kids.

For the president of AUC Magazines: "The programming schedule is poorly organized from the pedagogical point of view and of the age segments". He laments that in a few minutes the TV switches abruptly from the issuance of an event aimed at children of 5 and 6 years, to another aimed at kids of 12-13 years.

"The younger kids just end playing habits, lifestyles, relationships, type of music and modes that do not correspond to their age".

It is a marketing strategy, say from the Spanish Confederation of Associations of Parents of Students (Ceapa). "The child becomes moody , loses control of what he wants. So the child is less aware of the reality and try to live more in fiction. Children imitate what they see on TV, believing that what they are playing is normal".

Products like "The Simpsons" "South Park" or "Family Guy", exploit the spark of animation to weave a wicked social satire aimed at the elderly.

"The classic stories also contain an expression of evil, they educate to have fear and be afraid of the witch, the wolf. Snow White is not excluded from violence. They are based on the fact that in the world there are dangers and that the child must rely on parents and family. However, stories help the parents to explain to their children things that they can not explain without the help of a story", says Professor Ruth Gutiérrez.


Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer Roselló, a prestigious Spanish advertising character, presents a fascinating personal and professional career fully devoted to the world of communication in its varied dimensions. He earned a PhD in Information Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, BA in Advertising from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona Master in Marketing from the School of Marketing Studies in Madrid.

He has been Associate Professor of Business Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Navarra and a contributor to the Madrid daily ABC. He also spent several years teaching, both in the Official School of Advertising as the School of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1985 he was awarded the Gold Master, granted by the Senior Management Forum and AMPE Prize 1996 to the "long and brilliant career advertising."

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what!! October 30, 2013 2:55 pm (Pacific time)

Without television and it's guiding agenda the U S of A would not be what it is today.

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