Thursday, June 17, 2004

HP influencing children to be meek?
Well that's what one Ms. Giardina, who is completing a PhD at James Cook University at Cairns claims.
Ms. Giardina 'examined' eight childrens' fantasy fiction stories written from 1900 to 1997 including JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by CS Lewis, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L Frank Baum.
"On the surface the text seems to say, 'Look kids! This is your culture. We're on your side, especially against adult authority figures'," Ms Giardina said.
"But a closer analysis demonstrates that the writer is merely using this strategy to sell adult ideas such as: 'adults know best', and, 'parents are a source of security when things get tough'," she said.
She said they all had the underlying theme that children should be meek, mild and obedient to the wishes of good sensible adults.

Well, not rightly sure what version of Harry Potter she was reading. But that's what she is telling everyone. ;)
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