Pulling the Strings: Political Discourse in some British TV Shows for children
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Author/sValdés Miyares, Rubén
When the BBC was established in the 1920s it was believed that radio would bridge the dissociation between the mass of individual citizens and an increasingly complex society, enabling them to make up their minds on many matters. By the end of the twentieth century some children’s TV shows such as The Wind in the Willows in the 80s and The Teletubbies in the 90s still acted on those principles, instilling political conformity and social submission into the young viewers. Thus this paper discusses how beneath an ostensibly liberal approach to education may occasionally lurk a conservative ideology of class and nation. A sample analysis is included, suggesting that similar approaches can be applied to other so-called “children’s programmes” today which are also fables of adults’ anxieties about the future citizens’ conformity. La BBC se fundó en los años veinte bajo la creencia de que la radio tendería un puente para salvar la disociación entre la masa de ciudadanos y una sociedad cada v...