Saturday, June 22, 2013

Yes ! I was a Rescue Ranger

The article "Violent Media Is Good Is Good For Kids" by Gerard Jones starts off with the author speaking about his up bring on how his parents taught him that "violence was wrong, that rage was something to be overcome and cooperation was always better than conflict" keeping him from the violent imagery of  pop culture at the time. his mother being an English teacher, had one of her students assure her that marvel comics despite the violence there was an underline moral messages to be learned. Therefore the exploration of comic particularly The Hulk which he which he called his "Fantasy self" gave him the courage to release his inner rage and quest for empowerment. Which lead him to becoming a writer, taking his own lead to a career and identity. He as well watched his son do the same uses these animated characters along the way of his childhood to finding himself. Then there was the turn of events when pop psychologists insist that violent story were harmful to kids because the vast events of shootings in schools. Which lead him to research and a better understanding and reinforcing what he already felt was the case, that children use violent stories for emotional and development needs. he ends it off with his evaluation of all by saying we aren't protecting children from violence but from their inhibitions. 

 Well, as a adult I don't really do the idolizing thing but, I can say as a child Chip from the Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers television show  was definitely my "Fantasy self" and whom I Identified with. I'm sure in the beginning of this semester during the survey part I told the class that I'm really into the mystery type movies. Solving the unclear/mystery was always a strong desire of mine. That might explain why I go after females that are a extreme mental challenging  but, that is another story for another time anyways, as I grew the characters changed just like the author Gerard Jones son. See you may say the title of the article is speaking about violent media and you are saying to yourself Rescue Rangers wasn't violent !?! Well for a young kid there was mild violence such as the main characters Chip and Dale fighting often. Believe it or not, that bow and arrow in Gadget's hand (the girl mouse) I actually made that with the plunger and shot my childhood friend in the face LOL he survived no worries. As you can see I agree with Jones and his article, because I don't know where I would have been with out my animated action at 3 o' clock. Now in relation to  "King Solomon's Mines"  and the discussions we had  in class, these type of books where made for young boys to read and create a release in my opinion. An escape from their continuous demands to play nice and be a good boy. regardless of what time period children need a moment to figure it out. Like what is good and/or what is bad. In KSM  though vulgar still has mental jewels with in the story that could teach the young men who were reading it that the uses of the word "nigger" didn't have to be, in a pivotal era where calling black people this was acceptable as well as norm. In addition men putting their lives on the line for others they barely even know shows an act of unselfishness that may not have been common in those times. Sometimes you'll be surprised what kids come up with by themselves. Just like as a child Jones's new found self confidence and independence was sort out  through books on his own.              

 A little video in case you don't know what Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers Is...


  1. I too, like you, think the children need something to stimulate them and get them thinking and figure out what is right from wrong or good from bad. They will make mistakes but it is the only way for them to learn. The parents too will be there to reinforce the rights from the wrongs.

  2. Great post, Barry!

    I don't mind (in fact, I encourage) you bringing in personl experience, but you should really separate it from your analysis and clearly transition from the readings to your experience. That way the reader doesn't get lost from your original purpose (a summary and analysis of the article and novel).