Plinky asked, “Commercials these days: Mostly entertaining, or mostly annoying?”
Empty advertising signage
How would I know? Seriously, who watches commercials? Most of what I watch is online, and I don’t pay attention to the ads or they’ve been edited out. If I’m with my daughter she has some service that lets her even pause live television for a bit, then fast-forward through the commercials. Otherwise, ad time is a good time for reading or getting up for a stretch.
I realize that some people consider commercials to be entertaining enough that I’m told they watch the Super Bowl just for the new ones that are launched then. I’ve never been that bored. There’s always something to read, sing, play, stitch, or learn without seeking out advertising!
From the latest Dads & Daughters newsletter:
Our friend Dr. Mark Tappan is co-authoring a book, to be called “Packaging Boyhood” about marketing to our sons. The book aims to “scrutinize the world of boy power, and the ways media and marketers’ stereotypes about how to be a man reach way down into the lives and entertainment of younger and younger boys.” Mark is writing it along with Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown and Dr. Sharon Lamb, co-authors of the 2006 book Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes.
To gather data for “Packaging Boyhood,” these preeminent scholars on the role of gender in the emotional, psychological and cultural development of our children put together a very interesting online survey at www.packagingboyhood.com. Participation by dads and/or their sons will be worthwhile.
Dads & Daughters is a great resource for parents, educators, or anyone else who cares about children. This is the first time I’ve seen them post something son-specific, but much of their material is important regardless of the gender of your child(ren). Maybe well see a Dads & Sons before long, or something similar.