Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What does it want me to want?

Two links about desires:
  • In "Schools for Desire," Alan Jacobs considers "realism" in children's literature. What kind of books are best for children?
  • In "The Sinister Nature of Dove's New Advertising Campaign," recognizing that the whole point of advertising is to create desire, it is pointed out that "...[Y]ou don't overcome a world where physical beauty is overemphasized by...emphasizing beauty. And self-esteem is never properly built from the outside in."