• Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 56
    Play, Imagination, Television & Media
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    imagination, storytelling, language, play, education
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    Historically imaginative play involved acting out the story suggested by the Saturday matinee. It wasn’t mimicry, reflexive copying. It was acting out the story line, let’s pretend, which is a vastly different developmental activity. Watching a radiant screen impacts the brain differently than the light reflected off a traditional movie screen. Television-computer screens produce a passive, trance-like state that is extremely difficult for the child to withdraw from. Producers of children’s programing insist on a minimum number of violent acts per minute to insure continued attention. All of this deeply conditions the developing brain in was that are far different from storytelling and imaginative play.