I agree with much of what this author says about the damaging effect of corporate media and social media on not only the kids themselves, but on family dynamics.
He makes a kind of modified plea for “family values,” which he identifies with the 20th century’s focus on prioritizing the well-being of children (at least, in middle-class white North American families).
I’d like to suggest that we don’t need to look backward to find our way out of the morass of childhood media addiction…we need to look forward. The digital media is here to stay, at least as long as civilization as we know it holds up.
How can we learn to navigate through it, for ourselves and our children, in a way that feels healthy, balanced and nourishing?
If we can’t figure this out, I fear the computers–and the corporations that are behind them–will suck our souls dry.