The popular doll known as the Elf on the Shelf has been the protagonist of a recent essay concerning the existence of a surveillance state and how children are being impacted.
According to the essay, the prison watch system developed by the 18th century philosopher Jeremy Bentham may have been the model that gave rise to the current surveillance state we now live under, and the Elf on the Shelf, might be the kind of toy that is readying our children to accept their fate.
The doctor behind the essay, Dr. Laura Pinto, claims the very existence of this kind of doll is making children more accepting of this kind of watchful society prototype, making them less likely to fight the surveillance state when they grow to be adults. Keith Mann wanted more detail, so he clicked this link.
So that children make it to Santa’s “nice” list, the Elf on the Shelf observes the child’s every behavior. The use of this doll, says Dr. Pinto, has only one goal: encouraging children to be on their best not through positive reinforcement, but through fear.
The essay claims that this watchtower position embraced by parents who make use of the Elf on the Shelf ends up making the doll an important part of the game played by those willing to sacrifice our freedom for security.
Whether you agree with Dr. Pinto or not, it’s worth to note that she has put enough thought and observation into this particular theory, making it interesting enough for anybody who’s always willing to learn new things.