Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, December 10th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 52 Comments
A Canadian academic named Shauna Wilton alerts parents to a grave danger threatening the well-being of their children:
Children’s favourite Thomas the Tank Engine has been attacked by a Canadian academic for its “conservative political ideology” and failure to adequately represent women.
A show with animated locomotives has an ideology? Who knew?
The criticism, by Shauna Wilton, a professor of political sciences at the University of Alberta, is likely to anger fans of the original books by Rev W. V. Awdry first published in the 1940s which were turned into an animated TV series now shown in 130 countries.
I don’t think fans will be angry about this. I think that they’ll be astounded that an alleged academic actually thinks this is a serious idea.
“It also represents a conservative political ideology that punishes individual initiative, opposes critique and change, and relegates females to supportive roles,” she said. “Any change is seen as disrupting the natural order of things.”
Lady? We’re talking about animated trains here.
Her study shows programmes for children are not as harmless as many parents think if they look more closely, she concluded, and she called for tighter controls of what is broadcast to them.
Trains, lady. TRAINS!! TRAINS!! TRAINS!! TRAINS!! TRAINS!!
“Eventually these children will attain full political citizenship, and the opinions and world outlook they develop now, partially influenced by shows like Thomas, are part of that process.”
Because everybody gets their political idealogy from cartoons. Canada? You must be so proud.
Props to Bloves.