For those of you studying to cause trouble to society, or for those of you looking to recognize potential threats to society, here's one. In reading through Jack Lule's Media & Culture, I ran across this section that defines Media Literacy as the skill of being able to decode and process the messages and symbols transmitted via media (Lule).
It then goes on to explain that...
"The American Academy of Pediatrics maintains that advertising directed at children under eight is 'inherently deceptive' and exploitative because young children cannot tell the difference between programs and commercials" (Lule).To summarize, it'd be considered a dark pattern if a personal intentionally leveraged this knowledge to persuade a child to ask and beg of their parents for one product or another.
After watching Disney and Cartoon Network for any period of time, it's pretty clear that the toy industry needs a reminder so that they might stop their unethical behavior.
- Lule, Jack. Media & Culture. Washington, DC 20036: Flat World Knowledge, Inc., Mar. 2012. PDF. eISBN:978-1-4533-2918-4