Critical Thinking Failure

Dustbury links to this Reuters story: Consumer group targets mcDonald’s Happy Meal toys. It starts off:

“Tempting kids with toys is unfair and deceptive, both to kids who don’t understand the concept of advertising, and to their parents, who have to put up with their nagging children,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

An even more disturbingly paranoid view of McDonald’s as a corporation (and ultimately demeaning to parents) is this from the Center’s website:

“McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” said CSPI litigation director Stephen Gardner. “McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children’s developmental immaturity—all this to induce children to prefer foods that may harm their health. It’s a creepy and predatory practice that warrants an injunction.”

Such a view of corporations requires one to think that all corporations are run by Lex Luthor clones. To what nefarious end do corporations do this? According to these types, it’s the evil bottom line.

And they are using evil mind rays to control all of us and what they really want is for all of us to live unhealthy short lives. Because in magical thinking land that improves the bottom line. Somehow.

6 thoughts on “Critical Thinking Failure

  1. LOL!! True.

    But having recently spent over an hour with my 3 year old granddaughter browsing in WalMart while her parents discussed serious purchases, telling a 3 year old “no” is not that much of a problem. Provided said 3 year old has been told “no” before and had the opportunity to learn to cope with it.

    It’s not like my granddaughter didn’t express a desire to own most of the things we looked at. And it’s also not like she doesn’t have much more than she “really” needs. One item in particular she expressed great interest in and I was wishing we’d never passed by the cheap jewelry display. But she took my “no” very well though it was accompanied by a dramatic sigh.

    Of course, parents have total control over what their children eat. It’s either offered to them or not. And it’s not McDonald’s that my granddaughter wants to go to… it’s Taco Bell, and it has nothing to do with toys.

  2. The torture of listening to a child whine about the desire for a happy meal! Parents can channel Nancy Reagan and just say no! But it’s easier for some to blame Mickey D’s I guess…..

  3. Bless your heart you poor, unenlightened citizens, you just don’t realize this is ALL FOR YOUR OWN GOOD! We here in the government are just here to save you from…..yourselves. Those evil McDonald’s toys are too powerful for you poor little folks to resist. You’ll thank me for this later.

    Oh, and next, we’re going after all those crazy novelty ice creams that are simply caloric entrapment.

    Thanks for the taxes!

  4. Ah, yet more infantilization.

    Infants cannot restrain their impulses to any significant degree. Showing them something they can reasonably be expected to find desirable is functionally equivalent to inducing them to reach out for it.

    People who want other people to become as infants, so that they can be controlled, first must cause them to be treated as and expected to be infants. Once the victims have internalized their status, they will act accordingly.

    Corporations, because they do not exert themselves to make everything the reformer declares to be harmful unappealing and do exert themselves making certain things which are declared harmful to seem appealing, work against the aims of the reformer. Anything which implies that people must make their own decisions works against those aims.

    Thus, actions which permit people to make choices – especially harmful choices – are vigorously opposed. Only systems that make decisions for people, and do not give them the opportunity to exercise choice, are tolerated.

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