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Before we go more far, I must point out that I am English, and since we are talking about British accents, you will have to indulge me in some quaint British-isms in this room. If you want, we can make it a drinking game: sip a cup of tea every time I use the word 'pavement', squeeze your super potent lager if I mention the queen and give the queen a few thousand dollars. government every time I sell a guided missile system to a despotic regime.
Children don'tnot catch the accents of the television. They develop language from conversations with their peers. Even a parent's accent may not be passed on to a child if the child is growing up in a different environment. (My wife and I are currently locked in a war of attrition over how our daughter says "bath " "path " and "grass ", which I suspect is losing.) So Peppa does not. It's not distorting your child's accent: all that happens here is that kids from other countries can type in specific British words or phrases, like "mom, " " zeh-bra, "or " your application for disability benefits has been refused. "
As the Jack Denton wearily underlines while demystifying the #PeppaEffect, mass-to-large communicationInternet speed means that although the pronunciation is not transmitted to other countries, the new slang is. Who is totally enlightened. Do you know what is not on? Two adults (my wife and I), perfectly normal and in good health except for mild cases of extreme sleep deprivation, drifting around our house whispering, " Do-do-do-do -dooo, do-do-do -do . "And then answering each other softly, " Pehhh-pa Pig ... "
You can hear it in your head , is not it ? If you can't, congratulations, you are young. Maybe you are not a parent yet, or maybe you are, but your baby is still flabby and still adorably vomits on you. Enjoy your strawberry daiquiris and your TikTok vibes because it 'sa warning from yourto come up. Peppa arrives. And once you watch Peppa, you become one with Peppa. You become Peppa.
Peppa Pig is a worldwide phenomenon, which has even survived its ban in China. Matthew Knight /
No, you don 't have to watch Peppa Pig. There is a mom at n nursery.your child who will not have it in the house. She even criticized the nursery for encouraging Peppa's cat. This woman is a fucking Amazon. And in fact, we deliberately tried to isolate our child from the P word. See, we've heard things - every new parent has heard of it. Vague frontline reports of nieces, nephews and godchildren radicalize, like the briefing scene in Apocalypse Now, except instead of Marlon Brando losing his head up the river, he's a toddler making a tantrum against a cartoon pig.
But resistance was futile. One day our daughter came home from nursery and asked "Peppa, Peppa!" And since then, Peppa Pig has been a daily presence in our lives. We're entangled in Peppa's cinematic universe: books, toys, sticker albums, the artwork.
Listen, we're not complete games. There are certain behaviors thate we do not allow, consistent boundaries that we maintain, Rubicons that we will not cross. I refuse to search for Peppa music on Spotify, for example. Otherwise, when we're not watching Peppa, we'll be listening to Peppa.
We even tried to fight back. When our kiddo asks for Bluey or JoJo and Gran Gran, it's a soothing health balm that pervades home and home. I was thrilled when my daughter asked to continue watching King Rollo & Mr. Benn, the enchanting 1970s and 80s fuzzy felt animations streaming on Britbox . Best of all, as obsessed as my ughter dad is with Peppa Pig, she's also or maybe pread obsessed with Hey Duggee! I'm also obsessed with Hey Duggee! It's funny, it's healthy, it's beautifully designed and it's very, very silly. Hey Duggee! is the best.
But before you know it ... "Peppa, Peppa! " I'm doing my best to adopt the best practices recommended by parental Instagram accounts such as BigLittleFeelings , but toddler demands are just one part of being a dad that you have to come to terms with, like back pain and shorts cargo.
There have been over 300 episodes of Peppa Pig since the show began in May 2004, and it feels like you've watched the same three hundred times. We can watch it on at least four different streaming services in different combinations of seasons, scoffing at any attempt to go through them in order.
Listen, I don't hate Peppa. Season 7 began in March of this year with Peppa and her family winning avoyage to America, a phantasmagorical odyssey of four episodes in the heart of the American dream. This is Easy Rider animated in MS Paint. This arc established that although Miss Rabbit is a rabbit doing multiple jobs in Britain, there are several different Miss Rabbits doing different jobs in America. It's a phor that I intend to unravel one day, if only I can get some sleep.
You could say I thought way too much about a TV show. children's television. What am I telling you, uh, yes thank you I know. I stay awake at night crying over the knowledge pushed out of my head by the names of Peppa Pig's friends. I log out during Zoom calls wondering why anthropomorphized animals need doctors and vets. I also sometimes shout "A-woof wouf! " Like Duggee or "Here are your pine cones S nowden! " Like in this episode of Messy Goes to Okido. And I compete with myself to see whocan make the best impression of Mr. Onion from Moon and Me. (The key to a good impression of Mr. Onion is that, balancing nasality and smugness. "Onions! " You try. "Onions ! "Hmm. Mine is better.)
Lucky for us, my daughter is already British so we don't know how much she took on Peppa's accent. But we are seeing the behavior it detects from streaming and screens and all these cutting edge devices that we never had when I was a boy. She learned this when she watches YouTube on a iPad she can just overwrite the thumbnails and a new colorful thing will instantly squirt into her eyeballs, giving her duration attention of a few nanoseconds while we also send it spiraling into content holes ofmore and more strange. And she'll learn if she just yells "More Peppa! More Peppa! " At the end of each episode, then, yes, there will be more Peppa. When we launch a pay-per-view streaming service instead of directing it to the fixed menu of the broadcast kids' TV, autoplay means endless episodes.
More of Peppa, forever.
A year and a half of confinement, anxiety and confinement has been a strange and isolating experience, and I am not passing judgment on anyone who has tied their child to a screen for a period of time. We have all had to work, cook and live in the same apartments, apartments and houses day after day, week after week, month after month isolated. If sending your kid on a date with Peppa meant you had to keep your job or do the housework or just give yourself a hell of a minute to catch your breath, then that's fair.
As that sSociety, we need to collectively assess how our children interact with digital technology, but that is more complicated than setting time limits on the length of their viewing. It is equally important to think about the behaviors that children acquire during uncontrolled interactions with the screens that we give them. Compared to that, a few funny little British sayings don't sound so bad.
Kids love Peppa Pig. Everyone loves Peppa Pig. Everyone must love Peppa Pig. More Peppa! No more Peppa!