Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 52Storytelling vs TelevisionTheme:storytelling, language, imagination, learningSummaryTranscript
The central issue is how the brain receives and processes information. Storytelling is symbolic and metaphoric, using language to stimulate the inner image. Television and computers bypass this higher evolutionary imaginative structure leaving it undeveloped during the critical early years. Later, when abstract academic demands are made, the child has no neural foundation to process highly symbolic and abstract information. We retard our children’s development in the early years and condemn them for failure later. With screen-media mimicry is the primary response. Violent content elicits violent behavior. Storytelling is creatively empowering. The child is creating the images they act our playfully.