In our society today, children (for the most part) are not as bright as they use to be. Now before you say that I am just saying this because I think that my generation was so brilliant, statistics have shown that test scores have gone down all over the place. Why is this? Well, there are several reasons, for instance lack of proper education in the school system, lack of parential guidance, among other things. But my beef in this post is aimed at a certain annoying little cartoon character, SpongeBob Squarepants.
Yes, I know there are a lot of other things more important than just a cartoon, but hear me out. Remember back in the day when we had cartoons which were wholesome and had at least some sort of morals that you could learn. Well, not anymore. If you have ever seen that sponge show (which I highly recommend staying away from), it has no sort of redeeming values to it whatsoever. It uses anything it can to grab attention to kids and have them latched to it for hours. This sort of low budget, easy to make, kid addicting type of show has spawned dozens of shows that its sole purpose is to entrap kids and get them to buy their merchandise. It also shortens their attention span so that the only thing they will be able to understand is the pointless dribble of their show.
Case in point in Australia: take a guess at who made the most money in that country? Maybe some wealthy businessman... nope; how about a famous actor or actress, they make a lot of money, right... not enough; the answer is The Wiggles. The who you ask? Well, they are a group of 4 guys who have their own children's show. They use loud noises, flashy lights, and all sorts of other things to grab children's attention for the purpose of... (nope, not teaching them valuable life lessons) giving them more of their attention and their parents' money. But some may argue about shows like this, "hey, it makes the children happy and that is what matters". True enough, but so does shoving crayons up their nostrils and eating hand-fulls of mud, but parents need to know that just because they like it doesn't mean it should be allowed.
One of the main problems is that some parents don't make time to for their children so they just plop them down in front of the TV and let it patrol their kids. This means that many of the television shows can get away with being lesson-free and use the time to get the kids addicted. Now is there hope for them (at least in the entertinment aspect). Yes, just look at Pixar and their most recent movie, "The Incredibles".
Great movie, many lessons taught, and something the parents can enjoy with
the children, which is missing in many of the cartoons. So, in conclusion, down with SpongeBob Squarepants and up with wholesome cartoons that both entertain and educate children.