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|⇦|| Episode #588 - Hold On To Your Kids
(Peer Attachment and The Cult of Celebrity)
|⌚ Sat 28 January 2012 ☻Gabor Maté, Jake Halpern, Agnes Nairn, Carol Craig, Ellis Cashmore, Patrick Dietz, Robin Dunbar, Chris Rojek, Nick Davies, Charlotte de Barker, Dave Reid, Gintara Staponavicius, Bob Geldof|
Download Hour1 Download Hour2Gabor Maté has advice for parents and anyone seeking to understand the youth of today - on the problems for kids who focus their attention on their peers instead of their parents. Like Alfie Kohn, he urges parents to eschew behavioral methods and instead to value long term relationships with their kids. We supplement his analysis with a radio adaptation of the film Starsuckers, on how the cult of celebrity is exploited for financial gain and political purposes.
We conclude with a radio adaptation of the 100 minute documentary, Starsuckers, about the cult of celebrity, reduced to 50 minutes. What is a celebrity, why does the media focus its users' attention and admiration on these sick people, and how does this affect society in general and young minds in particular? The film is broken into the following sections:
- Start 'em Young
- Keep 'em Hooked
- Hard-wired Urges
- Gathering Information
- Creating News
- The Great Illusion:- Taking Power
Thanks to Kenneth Dowst for the pointer to Starsuckers
Episode 638, also featuring Gabor Maté, tackles similar themes, but looks at the misdirection of adults rather than children.
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