Colin McEnroe Show: What Messages Are In Children's Books?
How does what children read reveal what society wants them to be?
I get why conservative people would think children's culture is, in general, too liberal.
I would assume, without knowing, that many of my childhood influences -- Maurice Sendak and Shel Siverstein come to mind -- voted Democrat. Sesame Street started out with kind of a hippie workshop vibe and never really lost it. I could go on.
But that raises a question: In a context like children's culture, what is a liberal or conservative idea? I guess the answer might be that liberal values are a little more open ended and a little more subversive. Sesame Street can add a sympathetic HIV positive character at the height of the AIDS crisis. Sendak can tell parents who worry about his content to go to hell. Conservative values, I guess, are a little more hard and fast -- fixed on eternal, inflexible verities. But that's just the beginning of the conversation.