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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Born to Buy by Juliet B. Marketing targeted at kids is virtually everywhere -- in classrooms and textbooks, on the Internet, even at Girl Scout meetings, slumber parties, and the playground. Product placement and other innovations have introduced more subtle advertising to movies and television. Drawing on her own survey research and unprecedented access to the advertising industry, Juliet B.
Scho Marketing targeted at kids is virtually everywhere -- in classrooms and textbooks, on the Internet, even at Girl Scout meetings, slumber parties, and the playground. Schor, New York Times bestselling author of The Overworked American, examines how marketing efforts of vast size, scope, and effectiveness have created "commercialized children. In this groundbreaking and crucial book, Schor looks at the consequences of the commercialization of childhood and provides guidelines for parents and teachers.
What is at stake is the emotional and social well-being of our children. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 18th by Scribner first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Born to Buy , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details.
Sort order. Apr 10, Mario the lone bookwolf rated it really liked it Shelves: 0-social-criticism , 0-upbringing. Artificially generated consumerism replaces real experiences in the most formative time of life.
Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested. The priorities that cultures gave to their children alternated between the ages. At the beginning of human history, survival was paramount. As civilizations became more pronounced, the conditioning on various phased-out models of the sociological museum began.
Since the middle of the 20th century, Artificially generated consumerism replaces real experiences in the most formative time of life. Since the middle of the 20th century, more and more people are finding themselves in democracies and are free to choose what they want to teach their offspring. No political doctrines need to be trapped and religious texts no longer learned by heart. Parents can shape their child into the image they want. For example, to a critical, reflective, all-questioning, progressive and open-minded cosmopolitan.
However, if that is not the case for themselves, it is hard. Then children are more likely to become model citizens.
Passive, driven by trends and consumption and without the ability to fill out their lifes without forever buying crap. Once the basic needs are satisfied, there is not much room for improvement. The filling of the inner vacuum with faith, ever new goods or too many superficial social contacts does not lead to the hoped-for redemption.
On the contrary, it is a vicious circle that demands more and more. Faith, an ideology or a conviction require constant dedication without actually having a concrete or meaningful goal. Goods and trends are created by those who have a legitimate interest in being able to offer a continually changing assortment to eternity.
Even hundreds of friends who are also focused on consumption cannot save one. Because most of those superficial people care as less about one as one cares about them. If one is honest and admits this variant of the self-cheating model humans can be as harmful or even worse than lonely addiction. However, why do people impose such destructive and unlucky behaviors on their children? The machinery behind it is so subtle, ingenious and designed for human weaknesses that parents and grandparents themselves have no single fault.
The sudden abundance was a formative, positive change for the grandparent generation. Their parents and grandparents still knew almost medieval conditions. The availability of so many goods and entertainment options was a paradigm shift in handling goods. Nothing was suddenly an acquisition for many years or even a life. Everything had become a consumer product with an expiration date. This was practical for both capitalism and the exponential growth of the economic system.
The drive of man to hunt and gather is powerful. With advertising, media and peer pressure he is very easy to exploit. Also, as usual, the motto is: Monkey see, monkey do. Harmful, naturally existing archaic shoots can be exploited to reinforce them. Sexism and stereotypes are aimed at reducing women to fashion, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, etc. Trillions can be earned in this sector.
As a result, half of the world's population is forced to adopt useless patterns of behavior that involve a loss of meaningful activities. Boys learn about the importance of competition with play guns and violence toys to develop an alpha character. As adults, they are hunting for the most exclusive and expensive status symbols to express their position in the hierarchy.
So that all although the body and the brain desperately send signals to warn the people. Days or at least weeks after consumption, the soul urges for more meaning-free stuff. At heart, therefore, many will assume that something in their behavior cannot be right. They ignore the signals through and drown them in new doses of the drug. The withdrawal would be too painful, tedious and above all very lonely. Justifications and excuses would have to be found to justify the behavior towards acquaintances and to not indirectly offend them.
Like in a sect. As long as the adult generation does not have the maturity to control their impulses and urges, one can expect nothing else from the children. There are many positive examples of responsible parents who include sustainability and environmental awareness in education.
Teaching the children to create actively, control their feelings and thoughts, and make themselves independent of the short-term lure. That is why it is a cheap excuse just to criticize the system. It is a bit like blaming television and advertising because they have forced you into a consumer-driven life. That all the other adults buy stuff all the time and so one has done it the same to be cool. Alternatively, that one could not get out of the disastrous buying spiral because of the group pressure in the circle of friends.
Everyone has it in one's own hands, how one will spend time with the grandchildren in 40 years. Whether with them the third generation of passive consumer slaves will sit in front of the idiot box. Or, whether creative and self-confident toddlers expand their skills in an exchange with two generations of parents in play, productive substitute and communication. Etwa zu einem kritischen, reflektierenden, alles hinterfragenden, progressiven und weltoffenem Kosmopoliten.
Es ist im Gegenteil ein Teufelskreis, der nach immer mehr verlangt. Weil man den meisten ebenso egal ist wie sie einem. Wenn man ehrlich ist und sich diese Variante des Selbstbetrugsmodells eingesteht. Alles war zu einem, mit einem Ablaufdatum versehenem Konsumgut geworden. Der Trieb des Menschen zu jagen und zu sammeln ist sehr stark. Und wie so oft gilt die Devise: Monkey see, monkey do.
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Born to Buy
By Juliet B. Juliet Schor. They begin to believe they are what they own. Juliet Schor is a human laser beam. Her careful research and brilliant analysis are presented in lucid prose. Plato defined education as teaching our children to find pleasure in the right things. Most parents do their best, but they are fighting a culture that educates our children to value all the wrong things.
Review: Born to Buy
A solid, well-written book exploring consumerist culture and its impact on our children, who are advertised to nearly everywhere they go, and spend very little of their life advertising free. Juliet B. A recognized expert on consumerism, economics, and family studies, she teaches at Boston College and lives in Newton, Massachusetts. Marketing targeted at kids is virtually everywhere -- in classrooms and textbooks, on the Internet, even at Girl Scout meetings, slumber parties, and the playground.
Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Cult
The influence of consumerism on my children has been a concern to me for a long time. From the moment I first held my son, I realized that I had a deep responsibility to raise him with strong values and the ability to reason through information presented to him, and I feel exactly the same way about my daughter. To me, modern consumerism is just a bunch of noise attempting to drown out this message, using any number of ploys to convince my children to not make well-reasoned decisions, particularly when it comes to material goods and money. Born to Buy focuses in on those very issues.