Originally Posted by riverscout
I'll start with A) potential to replace parent. Now while I don't think this reader could come in and replace me altogether and that I would never read to my child again, I'm concerned that it could eat into some of the time I get to spend reading to her because she would be having that need/want met by some electronic device.
Again, it's a toy, and it is not at all like being read to by a real person, so I don't understand how it can meet that need, much less cut into time being read to by a real person (any more than playing with a puzzle or any other toy?).
I also think it's kind of comical that it's now being referred to as an "electronic device" instead of a toy. I guess it sounds far more plausible that it would meet a child's reading needs/wants that way, than to just say your kid "likes to play with a toy". LOL
Agree to disagree I guess. I think it's benign and fun. You think it has the potential to reduce your child's desire to be read to by a real person, thus impeding the learning process by having that need met by an "electronic device".
I think a lot of toys can be detrimental if it's given enough thought. Exersaucers have been frowned upon because of potential musculoskeletal problems, but I often wonder if there were a wood and organic cotton version that sported chemical free natural rubber toys if it would be a complete hit among MDC members.
I also think there's an intellectual element to the reason toys are disliked, especially when talking to the "mainstream". It's like there needs to be a "real" reason to dislike a toys, especially to the inlaws, rather than just saying they hate it because it's plastic and takes batteries. I think this carries over to the natural philosophy as a whole, and I wonder how many people would really think things are that
detrimental if they stripped away their personal convictions. Once in a while I'm willing to let go of my personal convictions for a bit of benign fun, and in the process am able to recognize that yes, while it's plastic and takes batteries, and that no, I normally don't really like those kinds of toys, that's not as dangerous and detrimental as the group think would have me to believe. And I'm also completely willing to accept that this makes me an NFL sell out. One thing I am not is hard on myself for allowing the odd peice of "junk" to come through the door. Having said that, as I sit and type this, I can't really think of a single toy that has batteries in it. Oh wait, she has an electric key board.
I dunno, I think it takes too much energy to analyze toys this much, and considering the fact that we have a pretty modest electronic array of toys I just can't convince myself to devise a reason to hate something simply because it's mainstream (because in order to come up with a reason aside from it being plastic and taking batteries, that's what I'd have to do.. the learning issues would be a big stretch for me).
Anyway, rant over, now I'm done. I don't get the concern, and to answer the OP'ers question one more time, I'm kinda "meh.. whatever, it's a toy" on the whole subject.