Well, I know they’ve used police power to stop cults in the past.
When i was growing up, there was one cult after another that was shut down by police force. Lots of the messaging had to do with “how to avoid a cult” “how to deprogram your kids” “how to deprogram your friends if they’re in a cult”, “How to tell if it’s a religion or a cult”, etc.
But then there were things like the “Satanic Panic”, “How Dungeons & Dragons may be taking over your kids minds”, “Video Games will make your children violent”, most of which was coming from the “Religious Right” who was gaining a force in society with the rise of the Bakers and Jerry Falwells on TV and the Newt Gingrich… but I was a teenager and I only noticed the annoying parts like “why are they putting ratings on everything?” as I didn’t believe anybody REALLY believed there were Satanists in the wood sacrificing babies (there weren’t). — but the Mc Martin pre-school case really changed my mind on that: people really DID believe that stuff.
But Morality wasn’t LEGISLATED until 1991: George HW Bush’s era passed the Children’s Television Act, which mandated a certain amount of Educational TV.
Whatever was happening in the 1980s with the moral messages, I don’t know the source of that.
But I’m going to find out for sure.
I know parents in the 1980s were having a fit over children’s tv being “just toy commercials”. I heard a lot of that growing up.
ok. 1981 Reagan deregulated Children’s TV, which flooded the marketplace with the “cartoons that were toy commercials”. That’s what I grew up with.
Most of my favorite characters were designed just as props to sell toys. But we kids knew it, past the age of 8. So we learned DO NOT TRUST BUSINESSES
GI Joe would have a “moral message” at the end to justify its existence but the rest of the show explicitly sold toys.
Every episode would name each of the toys they could buy in the store in the show.
The moral at the end was always some basic life-advice. Age appropriate – and I actually liked those things – but the shows themselves were usually just adventures to sell toys.
“Knowing is half the battle”. I have to see if this is documented anywhere
So basically GI Joe explicitly, and all the other HASBRO toys TV shows made by Sunbow Entertainment Inc in the 80s to a lesser degree (My Little Pony, etc), were teaching https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role-taking_theory directly to a generation of kids.
Great! and thank you for helping inspire my research tonight. I learned a few things I didn’t know along the way, and I believe it’s important to learn something new every day.
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