Archive for March 2009

Is watching cartoons bad?

March 25, 2009

 

Today I am going to write about one of my roommates and friends who loves reading cartoons (comics). No matter what happens, she has to read it!

She used to read cartoons on line for more than four hours daily. It became her habit, she became addicted to it.

I have never seen her studying at evening. She spent her whole day in the IT Lab and at night she sleeping! What an easy life!!

Though I have never seen her studying, her class performance is always good. I, along with my other roommates am surprised to that. The thing is she used to do homework during her free period. Sometimes, we have lots of work to do. I don’t know within a short period how she has managed all of the work.

One day, one of her teachers told us how creative she is. In her literature exam, she answered a question with her vision and imagination power. Her teacher was impressed to see it.

There is no doubt that from cartoon she is learning many things –small small general knowledge, lifestyle of the people of different countries. In one word, she is enriching herself without reading books, but only reading cartoons.

When she was in her home, she used to watch cartoons with her sisters all day long, but during her study time, she studied. However, she quarreled a lot with her sisters regarding watching cartoons. Three of them have different tastes and there is only one television. Her mom always scolds them for quarrelling. This is the sweetest memory of her life, which she shared with us several times. Now she is here, missing her family and sweet memories and reading cartoons!

This is just an example from my experience that watching cartoons is ok, but don’t be addicted to it. Like my friend, who is taking the good thing from cartoons, and never forget her responsibilities.

Cartoons and dress code!

March 22, 2009

 

In an earlier post “My Friend and Her Cartoon Life!” I have talked about one of my friends who was so much cartoon addicted that all the time wore dresses like cartoon princess. This post is about the dress up of the characters of the cartoon.

We have some cartoons where animal are the leading characters and most of the time they are half naked. The big examples are Donald Duck, and Pooh. I have read about a rumor in a newspaper a few years ago that Donald Duck was banned in Finland because of its dress code/ or short dress.  Isn’t it interesting?

This is the only examples of those cartoons which are fables means main characters are animals, but what about the others, where characters are based on human?

Now I’m writing about male characters. Batman, Superman, Robin, Phantom …..who else don’t have the weird dress up?  The common thing about their super hero costume is almost everyone has the same dress pattern—underwear is out of their pants! These are our super heroes and we are mad for them!! Not only this, their suits are also very popular and demandable in costume parties!!!

Let’s move to our female heroes. We have lots of heroines whose dress up are very excited. Among them the Wonder Woman, Winx Club’s fairies, Hawkgirl are the worst. They are almost naked.

These cartoons are not adult cartoons. They are for our kids to encourage them to not fear the enemies and teach them how to handle the difficult situation with braveness and courage. So, if the cartoons are for kids, why their dress has designed like this? This is not the current occurrence, it has been happening from the last few decades. My question is; are we provoking our kids to watch bad things?  

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Popeye –the role model!

March 18, 2009

 

My last post was about a cartoon series that helped someone to prosper in life, but this post is.…..please just read it and think about it.

‘Popeye the sailor man’ is one of the old cartoons that is now still popular among kids and teenagers. The character POPEYE is a sailor, his girlfriend is OLIVE and his main enemy is BLUTO. These three characters are the leading characters of the series.

Whenever there is a problem Popeye comes to solve that. He defeats the enemies with the help of spinach. Though he is not strong enough to fight, he beats the rivals. In the cartoon he takes spinach and within a few seconds he becomes strong, muscular and energetic—ready to fight! Then, defeats the enemy, saves the world and becomes a hero of his fans.

I have seen many fans of Popeye. Like other fans, they also want to be Popeye. It’s a good thing that the cartoon inspired kids to eat spinach. I appreciate the idea because most of our kids don’t want to eat vegetables. If because of cartoon they eat spinach, we should be grateful for making this type of encouraging cartoons.

But, my concern is the pipe which is seen all the time in Popeye’s mouth. In the cartoon we can see that Popeye is smoking constantly. Some of his fans want to smoke too. They don’t want to listen to others, they don’t want to learn about the adverse effects of smoking, they only want to be a hero like Popeye!

The problem is smoking is a bad habit, but in the cartoon the hero is smoking rather than the villain. I think this is the major factor to influence our kids to smoke.  

So, besides spinach, the cartoon is also encouraging teenagers to smoke. I asked nine of them why they want to smoke and they replied that they believe smoking is symbolizing ‘smartness’. If they smoke, they will have girlfriends and they will be confident to protect them! Can you believe it? It’s a general thought of some teenagers. Who will make them understand what the reality is?

What is Popeye’s role here? Will we consider the cartoon as the encourager of eating spinach or smoking?

We all expect that cartoons will give pleasure to our kids and our kids will learn good things from it. But, in this case our kids are learning both good and bad things. I can’t categories the cartoon in any genres. How will you describe it?  

 

 

Cartoon and Architecture!

March 17, 2009

 

This post is an interview of a boy who was a cartoon addict and now an architect. I found his story very interesting which I am now going to share with you.

I met him in a birthday party of my cousin. I cannot mention his name because he doesn’t want his name to be published.

He loved cartoons from childhood, but he became addicted when he was in class VIII.  He was addicted to action cartoons and all the time thought about the characters. His days were passing like that, but suddenly one new cartoon series had changed his life.

The name of the cartoon was ‘TRANSFORMERS’. It was cartoon about robots that came to earth in a mission. They hid their identity to humans by transforming themselves into vehicles like cars, trucks etc.

This is like other action cartoons, but the characters’ transformation attracted him and switched his aim of life. He was a student of science and wanted to be doctor. However, now he is an architect.

This is my post –how he became an architect means how he influenced by cartoon. At the time he was influenced by the cartoons and started playing with his cars. He broke them and tried to fix them in a new shape. He experimented with his cars in order to turn them into robots! This was the beginning of his desire to become an architect.

From his childhood he wanted to be a doctor, but his parents eagerly wanted their son to become an engineer. They tried a lot to encourage him for the subject, however, the result was negative. They bought Lego set for him, but he never played with that. He was passionate about medicine and was preparing himself for that. Everybody thought that he would be a doctor, but the prediction result was different; he became an architect.  He confessed that the cartoon had an effect on his mind. He was inspired by it without knowing.

Now he is happy with his new life and dream. He stated that cartoons taught him to think differently. And the ‘TRANSFORMERS’ helped him to bring up his latent talent which was unknown to him. For the cartoon he found is real interest and accomplished his dream.  

So, if anyone wants to be engineer, they can watch the ‘TRANSFORMERS’. Who knows, maybe they can be architects like him. If you want to know more about the cartoon go to this link http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/transformersa/index.html. But, don’t watch cartoons too much!  

Cartoons and Commercial Products!

March 16, 2009

 

You can guess from the title that what is my today’s subject. Cartoon and commercial products are two relevant words which can fill up each other’s demands.

We have cartoons that’s why we have toys of cartoon characters, stationery products, such as pen pencil, eraser, sharpener, box, pen jar, ruler, ………., gift items, such as cards, show piece,…….. clothes such as t-shirt, frock, skirt, belt ……, ornaments like bracelet, locket, watch, ear ring, chain,…….. kid items, such as school bag, water bottle……. Can you find any goods or sector where we don’t have cartoons!   

            Because of cartoons and cartoon lover the commercial business sectors based on cartoons are now a profitable business. As people of all ages love cartoons, a group of businessmen is taking the advantage of the affections of cartoons of people and is making their business popular and beneficial. Honestly speaking, they succeeded to reach their business in a high competitive position.  However, I don’t have any problem with their business, my concern is how they influence their customers.

For publicity of the products the companies are making advertisements which is well enough to grab the attention of the customers; especially the kids. They make their ads so attractive that kids are convinced and forced their parents to buy them the products. The companies are also very smart. They launch the same products in a short period of time, but with the photo or theme of different cartoon characters. So, the kids become stubborn to buy the products though they had the same product. This is the negative effects on our kids which lead them to behave roughly.  

In some food items packets are designed with the pictures of cartoon characters. I think the idea is good because sometimes it influenced kids to take the food. If any child doesn’t like to eat, they can be encouraged by this. Here is also minor interest of the commercial companies. This packed food contain chemical and sometimes it is harmful for kids. Moreover, if once kids are addicted to these types of packed food, they won’t like to take natural food or homemade food. One greatest example of behavior is fruit juice.

I have another food item to write about and that is breakfast cereal. We can hardly find any cereal packet without cartoon characters. There is no doubt that it’s a nutritious food, but it’s also very expensive. If our kids fond of it, there is no problem in rich families, but what will happen to those families who are not that much rich? The other factor is, if a kids influences by his/her friends and pressured their parents to buy them the food, otherwise they won’t take breakfast, who will take the responsibility for kids’ this behave? In this age they are learning blackmailing.

I am writing this from my experiences. I have seen two kids doing like that.

This is the negative influence of commercial products on our kids’ lives. I don’t have any idea how to solve this problem. What do you think about it? We have to be conscious or think about this problem because it can be happen in any of ours home.

Cartoons and environmental pollution!

March 11, 2009

 

In our cartoon genres we have some social cartoons which are teaching our kids how to behave in good manner. They also teach how to be safe and sound means personal hygiene. And I must say, these cartoons are doing really a good job because most kids are following whatever they are saying. The interesting thing is these same kids are not listening to their parents, who tell the same things as cartoons!

I analyzed that most kids prefer what the cartoon says or the message of the cartoons rather than their parent, though they are saying the same things. After realizing this truth, one thought came to my mind. Why don’t we aware our kids about environment pollution? I think there is no such cartoon that shows the effect of global warming or how can we contribute to lead sustainable and pollution free lives.

Yes, there are some cartoons that show the science fiction means the lives of humans after the destruction of earth. Instead of this, can’t we show our kids how the world is affecting because of pollution or how can we reduce pollution?

I strongly believe that if we made this type of cartoons, our kids will listen to the cartoons and will maintain sustainable lives. Because most cartoons lovers love to be encouraged by the characters of cartoons, not by their parents!      

CASPER the friendly Danish

March 10, 2009

 

My last three posts were about my research and studies that showed how people are crazy about cartoons and its adverse effects on them.

In this post, I am going to talk about some of my friends, to whom I met recently, and my silly thoughts that came in my mind after meeting them. They all are Danish and came to visit our school as a part of their study tour. My friends are Inge, Anders, Christian, Dennis, AsbjØrn,…….and Casper.

His name is CASPER. Not the cartoon character CASPER -THE FRIEDNLY GHOST—he is Casper—my friend from Denmark. Like others, he also likes cartoons. He told me that whenever he went somewhere, people called him Casper the friendly ghost. J

After hearing him, suddenly one thought came to my mind. It’s about naming kids.

It is a tradition that people named their kids after the name of famous people, which implies that how much respected or adorable they are.

            In my country now a days, some people are naming their kids after the name of some daily soap superstars of my neighboring countries. Some words are commons in these countries, but the accent or pronunciation is different. Because of the addiction, people called their kids not in their native accent, but in the serials’ accent. Some example of this transformations are—‘Prerona’ – ‘Prena’, ‘Lokkhon’ – ‘Lakshman’, and ‘Sheta’ – ‘Shweta’. There are lots of examples like this, but as I am not a regular television viewer, I can remember these differences from my experience. I asked some parents why they called their kids in the foreign accent. I astonished to hear them. They are saying that it’s a fashion and became the matter of prestige or social status. Can you believe it!

This is the situation of my country. Parents are influenced by television serials and kids are cartoons. So, what will happen if the kids become parents? Will they name their children after the cartoon characters?

It’s not a big deal in western culture because most of the cartoon characters’ names are westerns and they are common in those countries, like my friend Casper. He told me that his parents named him, but not after the cartoon character Casper. It’s an ordinary name in his country. But, these names are not from our culture or have meaning in our language. So, if the kids follow their parents in term of naming their children, I won’t be surprised.   

Before finishing the post, I would like to give a special thanks to my teacher Ms. Jen, because of whom I met Casper and also she inspired and supported me a lot.