It’s Christmas time and that means it’s time to pull that big box out of the attic filled with decorations and trinkets that can turn even the dullest living room into a holiday wonderland that’s so beautiful that you’ll puke red and green. The “Elf on the Shelf” has become one of the most whimsical and unique holiday decorating traditions.
It’s simply a plastic elf that you put around your house and tell children about all the spying it does for Santa when you think he is not watching you. It was seemingly just a fun way to keep your kids on the nice list. However it turns out that it’s all just a giant ruse to get kids ready for living in a hellish landscape of constant government surveillance and invasion of their privacy.
That’s if you believe the thoughts of a college professor and her new paper that actually states that the famed “Elf on the Shelf” is just a tool designed to secretly teach children that spying on innocent civilians is OK if it’s for a worthy cause.
Rockwell had an Elf on a Shelf as a kid.
Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology,, wrote a paper for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives titled “Who’s the Boss” that actually puts forth this notion by calling the “Elf on the Shelf” a tool to enforce “dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures” and “accept, not question, increasingly intrusive modes of surveillance.” Geez, don’t anybody tell this professor about Krampus or she’ll start lobbying the Canadian army to launch an attack on Germany.
To be fair, Pinto told The Washington Post that she doesn’t think the toy is part of some elaborate conspiracy in which a shadow government is trying to prepare a future generation for world domination by easing them into subliminal ideas like the acceptance of privacy invasion. She does think that it “normalizes the idea of surveillance” in young children’s minds during a critical stage of their mental development. Either way, it’s still fun to smash one with a hammer especially when you’re feeling the stress of the holiday season.
Source: Washington Post