Personally for me this text was an eye opener. I have heard many times before of young children stories, movies, TV, and even things such as magazines and comics have contained subliminal messages. The truth to the matter is at a young age one does not have the knowledge and information to understand truly what is going on or what is to be meant by certain actions, phrases, or pictures that occur on television, in movies and in stories. This is where I can personally reflect and say that when I was younger and used to do all of these things I did not notice certain messages that were being portrayed. I did not realize that (as Christensen puts it) we as a society are being conditioned of how to accept certain things such as race, gender, sex, how to act, hot to live, how to dream. It makes me think about how it has possibly shaped children who have the knowledge to understand what is going on. It makes me think of the question of "what if I understood the message?" and how that would make me a different person today. Now that I am older and have the knowledge to analyze and interpret what is happening in a given situation it is quite shocking that a wide variety of children's entertainment has been transformed to allow children to develop a distorted image of others. These distorted images come in the form of racial, gender, and social equality where not everyone is treated as equals. As kids we cannot fully grasp and wrap our minds around these complex societal depictions because we were to young to have experienced them yet. I felt Christensen's article perfectly reflected that of which teaches us how to act within society and we may have possibly been manipulated all this time by different T.V. programs and other media entertainment. I believe Christensen is spot on with her analogy of how society is being secretly manipulated through various forms of entertainment and I believe this should be important for everyone to know about in order to develop respect for others in our culture.
Points to Share/Discuss: Subliminal messages in a variety of children's entertainment can certainly cause them to develop attitudes and emotions towards certain people, culture, sex, or religion. How can this problem be tackled now in order to prevent further conditioning of beliefs in young children?
Connection to another text: This text I believe clearly relates to Johnson and Privilege, Power and Difference because children are growing up thinking there are "bad guys" as depicted in the movies and that American society values SCWAAMP. In reality we must address these problems straight on to find a solution to the problem that exists.