A Burr under his Saddle

Phillip Pullman, author of the splendid His Dark Materials series, is apparently not afraid to speak his mind. And he’s not too happy right now. He recently lambasted television broadcasters for creating consumer-driven children’s programming rather than culturally enriching and/or educational shows. He states that “the ideology of ‘profit before everything’ in children’s television is toxic”. Man, he doesn’t beat around the bush, does he?

AKA Golden CompassAnd that’s not all he has to say. He also warns authors that fiction that doesn’t tackle moral dilemmas runs the risk of being trivial and vapid.

Here’s my favorite bit:
“Taking children’s needs seriously is not different from taking every human need seriously. It is absolutely central to a true and humane vision of the whole of life.”

Anyone who’s read His Dark Materials knows that this is a man who puts his money where his mouth is. What? You haven’t read HDM yet? What are you waiting for?! Go to your library now!

Here‘s the full article.

Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for the heads up on this story!


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