Saturday, February 2, 2008

What does Fuego mean anyway?

The key question isn't "What fosters creativity?" But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.
Abraham Maslow

Today I found a place where the human potential is being lost. A place where our children are taught that only a few are capable of creation and those few elite should be the center of attention while the majority devote their time and energy to the support and worship of the minority. Where is this evil is taking place? It's a sinister place called Radio Disney.

Radio Disney seems innocent enough, with it's wholesome teenaged stars singing songs that are sanitized for our children's protection, but behind the velvet mouse ears lurks a megalomanic monster. The station plays approximately thirty songs, most by artists who also star in movies or television shows produced by Disney, over and over. In the course of two hours in the car with my daughter we heard three songs twice and one artist singing six different songs. Interspersed with the songs are advertisements encouraging kids to spend their evenings on the computer voting for their favorite song "again and again" so that it will be number one. What message is this sending? That some people are stars and the rest don't have anything better to do than to vote for them?

Perhaps I'm making too much of this, especially since I have been known to dance around the kitchen to High School Musical tunes and I know the lyrics to a few too many Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana songs, but I want my kids to have broader tastes in music. Thirty songs just isn't enough to develop an appreciation of music.. especially the thirty that Rad Dis has chosen! Will I forbid my daughter to listen anymore? No, probably not. But after we got home I made sure she got a healthy dose of Tom Jones... just to be sure...

5 comments:

Taylor said...

I totally agree with you. That's why I don't listen to Disney music. I listen to good "alternative" music. lol, like Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday and stuff like that. There's a lot more than 30 songs... and as for Tom Jones... why did you let her listen to Dad's music??? AHHHH! I can't stand that "just help yourself to my lips" and "pussycat pussycat I love you" junk! :)

Family Adventure said...

It's all about managing exposure, don't you think? Listen to that radio station for a while, and then onto something else...moderation is key.

(I'm writing this while FOUR boys are attempting to sing High School Musical songs in the most off-key voices you have ever heard. Time for some Tom Jones, perhaps?)

Heidi

Ginaagain said...

Yes, moderation is so important to raising well-rounded kids. Singing your favorite disney song, loud and off-key, is far better than sitting in front of the computer voting for it.

Don Mills Diva said...

I have never heard of Radio Disney - not sure if we get it in Canada - but it sounds evil. I try to constantly play cool tunes around my toddler in hopes that he will skip over that tween stage where kids love crappy songs - probably hopeless I know...

Ginaagain said...

Not totally hopeless. My kids have been exposed to a huge variety of music and they all went through the teenybopper stage.. it didn't last too long though. Delaney is nine and she will choose Radio Disney when we are driving but on her cheap little mp3 player she has a very eclectic little collection.