Sunday, June 23, 2013

It's a Bird, It's a Plane....... NO ..... It's SUPER- KID!

        "Violent Media Is Good For Kids" is an article written by Gerard Jones, which highlights the need for kids to have a "fantasy self." . Reading comic books, Jones' said is what freed him, as he was a sheltered child and was not allowed to express himself. This he got to do after his mother was convinced by a student that comic books were good. His favorite comic was "The Incredible Hulk," a small and seemingly insignificant person trying to deal with all that's happening to him in society but on becoming "The Hulk" can do anything.  He stated that the dual-identity helps children negotiate conflicts between inner self and public self as they start socializing. He further goes on to say that even if the children identified with a rebellious, destructive hero, it helps them not to conform to society and they become independent in their thinknig and actions. He aslo stated that even the sweetest child feels rage and that comic books or bloody videogames or playground karate or toy guns, give the kids a release or as he says. "a tool to master their rage."  Having such tools they know they are not real and by reading or playing they are releasing their rage. They are living vicariously through the characters and know that they cannot do to others what their fantasy character does.
         I was never a lover of comic books, I was always running around playing sports, so maybe my vicarious identification was an athlete. Maybe it was a sport I liked and didn't know how to play but enjoyed looking the athlete perform at a high standard.
      We can use King Solomon's Mines as another example of  a book where the child can immerse himself into a fantasy and also understand the other values brought out in the book, for example nothing is impossible and once you are detemined you can get through anything life has to throw at you.
     In conclusion, those people in society who want to shelter children should rethink your position as Jones stated that violent entertainment has helped more people than it has hurt and that it is fear more than reality that will do more harm. They are fearful the kids will become thugs and murderers but if they do not let the children explore their fantasies and form opinions of their own they will grow up as Jones' stated, "too passive, too distrustful of themselves, too easily manipulated."


  1. I like the way you use the phrase " children conflicts between inner self and public self" because some kids that are raised very sheltered from the world have a hard time dealing with people and/or other children because they haven't yet found themselves. they become socially awkward children which leads into adulthood. These childhood characters and in your case athletes aren't always a match in our personalities but it's a start in figuring out who we are, what we like, what we don't like, and where we want to take this new found creative self approach.

  2. Great points, Barry!

    And excellent work, Dennika; I would absolutely say that a child can vicariously identify with anyone--real or fictional!

    But your connection to the novel is REALLY week! How do you know a child can or should identify with the characters? And are these the kinds of role models and situations that Jones condones? Don't be afraid to really get in there and be critical with the texts!