Play, Imagination, Television & Media
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Historically there were no movies, not until the mind 1920’s. Television did not arrive until 1950. Normal development was filled with rich diets of descriptive language, words without pictures which naturally developed the critical capacity for internal imagery. Today’s children experience over 6,000 hours of visual media stripped of descriptive language. Lacking imagination they are play deprived and don’t know what they are missing. Prior to the 1960’s when television became the national babysitter, children were bathed in story at home, at school and between themselves. Descriptive language was the dominate stimulus along with interaction with nature. Not today.