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The Reality of the Pokemon Master Status

From the age of six to eleven, huge portions of my thoughts and energies were devoted to becoming a Pokemon master.  What is a Pokemon master, you ask?  Its a child who despises any thought of outdoor activity and socialization through physical play.  Its a child who is addicted to air conditioning, electronic media, and fast food.  Its a child who pouts and cries whenever anything interferes with the routine of going to McDonalds after school, watching Pokemon after that, and playing the Pokemon Gameboy game after that. Oh yeah, and its a child who has collected all 150 original Pokemon cards, including the hollographic editions.

Pokemon Master-This is what dedicating your life to collecting toys makes out of you.

Pokemon’s success revolved around the phrase, “Gotta Catch ’em All!”  Replace the “Catch” with “Buy” and, in essence, the phrase pretty much means the same thing.  Pokemakers urged kids that the only way they were going to achieve that sacred status as Pokemon master, they were gonna have to consume, consume, and consume some more.    Japan created a product that hypnotized children into abandoning their dogs, baseballs, and, in extreme cases, their studies.  Kids began riding a vicious cycle that starts with ownership of one or several Pokemon cards, then a few packs, then, literally, a room with a mountain of trading cards.  Pretty similar to tobacco addiction, right?  But the reason a Pokemon master cannot finish a mile is only because of poor diet and lack of daily physical activity, not smoker’s lung.  This all goes back to parents and what they allow their kids to do.  There are consequences that go along with over-indulgence, and parents can either ignore them, or take the time to observe their children and notice that Pokemon masters are actually chubby, spoiled, brain-fried by-products of a consumerist culture.  With me, it started with the gameboy game, then a few cards, then, somehow, weekly trips to McDonalds.  Its weird how, when you’re talking about kids, unhealthy food and unhealthy media consumption always seem to go hand in hand.  Its as if once parents give up on regulating one aspect of their child’s indulgence, its easier to give up the next thing (if McDonalds isn’t the first thing, its usually the next thing).

Barbie Car

Growing up with a twin sister, our parents were not really concerned with us not having anyone to play with.  Granted, we always got tired of playing together, but looking back I see how blessed I was to of always had a partner in crime.  My family moved around a lot because of my Dad’s job, so we never had a lot of toys.  Only enough that could fit in this little trunk we had, but when I was 4 years old I won a Barbie car from McDonalds.  It was by far the coolest thing in the world to me. My sister and I would ride around the yard in that until the battery would die every single day.  In my opinion the car was just as much a treat for us kids as it was for our parents, because when we were busy playing with the Barbie car for hours, we were not bugging them to play with us.  We are always talking in class about the parent’s responsibility to entertain the children.  As one of my classmates said on Wednesday, I feel that you know exactly what you are getting into when you have kids, so it is your responsibility to watch after them and make sure they are happy.  My parents did a wonderful job of raising my sister and me, I just wish that parents these days would spend a little less time on the internet or watching television, and spend it with their kids.  The problem is that parents get so swept up into their jobs and other interests, that they literally do not have the time anymore.  This problem is especially bad with single parents. If the next generation has any chance of becoming successful, it all starts with how you’re raised.