7 votes

Indoctrination by Fisher Price

9 comments

  1. [2]
    Thra11
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    Hang on, isn't that exactly what this toy is doing? A significant percentage of toddlers will grow up to do bullshit jobs with no obviously discernible benefit to society. When they get there,...

    Rather than make play sets that try to make work fun, parents, and all of us, would be better off if kids had a more realistic expectation of what work is and what it’s for.

    Hang on, isn't that exactly what this toy is doing? A significant percentage of toddlers will grow up to do bullshit jobs with no obviously discernible benefit to society. When they get there, presumably they'll just think, "This is just like when I was 3, playing with my home office set. Never really understood what it was all about, but whatever... I know how to do this", while those who grew up thinking they were going to change the world and help people are checking themselves in to therapy.

    Don't get me wrong, I do think we're due a shift in thinking and attitudes when it comes to work for the sake of work. Lockdowns and similar restrictions have shown more clearly than ever that we don't all need to be working 40 hours a week to keep the economy and society going. We can probably all do a lot less work and still easily feed, clothe and house everyone comfortably. The only thing stopping us is the status quo and those who uphold it, trying to maintain the lie that spending 8 hours a day at a desk somehow makes you worthy of food, shelter and entertainment.

    11 votes
    1. pycrust
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      I think to a certain extent, you're right. However, the playset is built to make work seem 'fun'. By virtue of it being a toy, it's oriented towards enjoyment, which isn't an honest way of...

      I think to a certain extent, you're right. However, the playset is built to make work seem 'fun'. By virtue of it being a toy, it's oriented towards enjoyment, which isn't an honest way of approaching work (for the vast majority of us).

      As to your 2nd paragraph - I completely agree! It's heartening to connect with new people who feel the same way.

      Thanks for reading!

      3 votes
  2. DanBC
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    OP seems to entirely miss the point of play. Children enjoy mimicking adults. Obviously a 5 year old isn't going to be worried about writing that TPS report. They're going to line up teddies and...

    OP seems to entirely miss the point of play. Children enjoy mimicking adults. Obviously a 5 year old isn't going to be worried about writing that TPS report. They're going to line up teddies and ask those stuffed toys why the TPS reports haven't been done yet.

    8 votes
  3. screenbeard
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    As an office worker who spends an inordinate amount of my job asking other people politely to do their job and not a lot else, I understand the existential horror this might evoke at the thought...

    As an office worker who spends an inordinate amount of my job asking other people politely to do their job and not a lot else, I understand the existential horror this might evoke at the thought of giving this to a child. However after a year of Covid and working from home, kids have seen this live on their kitchen tables and finally have some tangible props to understand what their parents do every day (even though a lot of their parents might not know what they do). I wouldn't have sought this out for my kids out of the blue when they were that age, but if they'd seen me clacking away on a laptop with my headset on and showed interest in participating I might have bought something like this.

    5 votes
  4. Qis
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    One time as a toddler I dropped a fisher price parking garage on another child's head. My parents bring it up pretty frequently.

    One time as a toddler I dropped a fisher price parking garage on another child's head. My parents bring it up pretty frequently.

    3 votes
  5. [4]
    pycrust
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    1 vote
    1. [3]
      Deimos
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      Please make sure that you're also participating in the Tildes community overall, and not just using the site as an audience for your posts. Almost all of your recent activity has been attached to...

      Please make sure that you're also participating in the Tildes community overall, and not just using the site as an audience for your posts. Almost all of your recent activity has been attached to your own content. It's good that you're discussing the posts with people in the comments, and it's totally fine to submit your own content occasionally, but it shouldn't be the main (or only) reason that you're interacting with anyone here.

      15 votes
      1. [2]
        pycrust
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        Fair enough. I'll do better on getting involved.

        Fair enough. I'll do better on getting involved.

        2 votes
        1. pycrust
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          Also, in fairness to me, I do upvote stuff. Sometimes there just isn't a comment to be made.

          Also, in fairness to me, I do upvote stuff. Sometimes there just isn't a comment to be made.

          1 vote