Hello, I am Dr. Geek, your host, and welcome to my online diary. I feel like a cross between Ricardo Mantelban and that Looney Toons Abominable Snowman that Bugs and Daffy would occasionally meet. You know, the one with the Lenny-from-"Of Mice and Men" overtones that wanted a "rabbit to love him, and pet him, and call him my very own." Well now I have a diary site of my very own... but I won't call it George.
Speaking of toons, is anyone else out there slightly dismayed that Saturday morning cartoons seem to have been co-opted by characters from toys and video games?
I was at the gym one Saturday morning not long ago, working on my Dr. Geek physique on the stairclimber, when I glanced up at the TV and saw they were running a toon based on the Nintendo game character Kirby on Fox. I won't claim that the many "Hanna Barbera" shows I watched growing up like "Superfriends", "The Herculoids", or "Space Ghost" were great literature, but , it at least got me used to the following formula: cartoon show first, then a toy tie in (if you were lucky). Now the world seems backwards; from "Pokemon" (die Picachu die!) to "Digimon" (which I haven't quite figured out yet), we seem to live in a world where integrated merchandising brings us the plush toy, the book, the movie, the video game, the fanzine, and the Saturday Morning cartoon seemingly all at once in a massive marketing push. It makes me wonder what being a kid must be like in this day and age where everything is mass media marketed right at you.
on 2003-02-18 at 10:54 a.m.
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