From: The Daily Mail
- The best-selling children’s book tells the story of an elf reporting back to Santa each night on a child’s behavior
- Professor Laura Pinto believes that the idea ‘sets up children for dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures’
- ‘You’re teaching (kids) a bigger lesson, which is that it’s OK for other people to spy on you and you’re not entitled to privacy,’ she said
- It has sold over 6 million copies since 2005 and became a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade for the first time in 2013
Best-selling children’s book The Elf On The Shelf is a disturbing cultural phenomenon which instills in young children the idea that a surveillance state is perfectly acceptable, claims a university professor.
Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, has published a paper in which she argues that the elf has a very sinister undertow. Continue reading