For a media future’s subject I had to give a presentation of a [poorly translated and/or written piece that took complete obfuscation to new levels] essay by Georg Lukács called “The Phenomenon of Reification.”
To highlight one part of the essay, I called upon Richard Scarry.
I loved his books as a kid. I would pour over them for hours, looking at Mr and Mrs Cat raising their kids in these idealised animal towns. There’s a kind of “lie to children” that we tell that’s exemplified through Richard Scarry. We show kids futures were they could be a police officer, or letter carriers. But at no point will you see a whole bunch of mice working in a call centre. There isn’t a “Richard Scarry’s Day at the Abattior”, which defines all of the roles people could have on the factory chain.
Actually, that last one could be the thing of nightmares…