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Childhood & Consumerism Essay

  • Submitted by: jamesc2
  • on March 19, 2012
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 1,495 words

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Childhood and Consumerism
The essay title that I have chosen to write about under the title of ‘making the familiar strange’ is Childhood and Consumerism. One concept that is greatly important within this topic is “Consumer Capitalism”. This relates to the huge desire and ‘need’ that consumers have to have the latest gadgets, fashions, technologies among others. This desire is becoming more and more of a norm and has, within the last decade or so, become almost ‘expected’ rather than objectionable.
                                            Children as consumers is a topic that has always been controversial and has become even more so over time with influences such as the media and celebrities having a huge impact on these young children and what they are buying or wanting to buy. Some of the main arguments in relation to this topic of ‘Children and Consumerism’ I thought were clearly portrayed and described in ‘A School for the Common Good’ by Murray Milner Jr. The arguments proposed in this article are very thought provocative and I think they really pin point some of the major reasons why children really feel the need to constantly be up to date with the latest trends, not only in fashions stakes but also with toys, technologies and gadgets. The cleverly named article title – ‘ Gotta Catch ‘em All’ within seconds brought me back to my childhood as I immediately   remembered as the catch-phrase of the ‘craze’ and ‘phenomenon’ that was ‘Pokémon’. As described throughout this article the phenomenon of Pokémon began as a cartoon TV show foe children and soon snowballed into card games, magazines, toy dolls, computer games, all the while creating a larger consumer market and children who watched the cartoon went on to buy the cards and exchange with their friends, thus creating awareness of the product and increasing product sales. Pokémon was one of the first major ‘obsessions’ I recall having as a child, I too had the Ash doll, the complete card sets, the...

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