Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hello Barbie, A Friend or Foe?

In 1959, Barbie was first introduced at the New York Toy Fair.  Fifty-five years later has she morphed into a child's best friend, a talking doll that takes you to an amazing imaginative world and provides you with all of life's answers?  Or, is she a substitute in a society too busy for real conversations and too absorbed in social media?
Please read the following New York Times article "Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child, by JAMES VLAHOS and add your comments to this news:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/magazine/barbie-wants-to-get-to-know-your-child.html?_r=0

19 comments:

  1. I think that it's not a good idea to let little children have this barbie doll. I think that because if I had that doll (Not saying that I would ) I wouldn't want anyone knowing everything that doll overhears or anything I say to it. Sometimes there are things like secrets I don't want anyone else knowing. That doll would not allow privacy to anyone in there own home. Also if that doll asks questions or says something else to a child you would think that the people that made the doll or some creep were trying to get some secrets out of you and your family.

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    1. i completely agree.

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    2. i think telling the doll secrets is a bad idea because anyone could hear it and come along and ask the barbie. barbie is not trust worthy.

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  2. I think that it's sort of creepy that people are hearing your conversations on the other end of a line at the via Wi fi.
    You might think that people can track and take all of your personal information through random questions in the doll.Or if the website was hacked personal information would be spread throughout the internet.
    If I recall, last year or the year before something similar happened with the talking Tom and Angela app,when it was discovered people could see and talk through that very app.
    I find it a similar case.
    I would like to add to this be saying,that I disagree about Barbies figure and I don't think she influence's as many young girls as they say about becoming thinner or thinking of themselves a mannequins as the article may say.

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    1. ya i disagree with the barbie to it werid how other people are listing to your questions

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  3. For years these sientisets have wanted to make a doll have a conversation with a child they came up with many that would say a phrase or a sentence but nothing like today. Technoligy is so advanced with apples siri who responds to questions we were able to make a barbie who has conversations I think thats pretty creapey right.

    Tommy

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  4. i do not like barbies because they are a weird toy and i just don,t like how they talk and how there made but i think that it kinda cool how you can start a converstion with them and they reply back with a good reply back to the person. And the way there dressed up is pretty cool i also like how they do the little shoes and pehrses it must be hard making all those little things. Another thing that interesting is how the people that make the barbies try to make evrything like real life like making cars, bags for the girls houses beds tubes all of that. But the other stuff i don,t like.

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  5. I think that hello barbie is a foe because kids should allow them selfs to come up with there own fantasy. Also kids shouldn't be recorded because that brings this to a even weirded base. I understand in 1968 when you pulled a string and it said a couple things over and over but this is just creepy and it shouldn't be on the market.

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  6. My opinion about Hello Barbie is she is creepy but for a 7 or 8 year old girl this could be fun. But all this time that the scientists have been working on this it might not be worth the toy.
    caitlyn

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  7. I think hello barbie is a foe. Because children should interact with real people and not a doll. The doll will not always give the right answers. If a kid is having trouble at school they may go to the doll and not their parents. The barbie might ask the kid a questions which will be bad. Also in general all barbies bodies are way off. They are two perfect not what kids should think to look like. barbie dolls are scary.

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  8. I don't think that it is a very good idea because a lot of people would get creeped out. Also I would no want someone to know every sentence that I said to it. That would be creepy too. But even just knowing that theres something that records you and talks to you that looks like a human and isn't one is creepy in the first case. If I ever had a doll I wouldn't want anything to do with it actually talking to me and learning that people are listening to what I'm saying. (if its recording at the time.)

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  9. My opinion is Hello Barbie is just about as creepy and weird as all the baby dolls that go to the bathroom. I agree with Brette it could be that the founders of Hello Barbie want to get information on people all over the world to hack them and steal their idenity. I think that Hello Barbie should be recalled. They should not have even invented a normal Barbie let alone a Talking one.

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  10. I think not. One thing is that they will get sucked in to think that she is real makeing these girls think that she is real. Another thing is that they will not play with anyone else because they will be playing with this barbie doll. One more thing is if someone hacks the place they can get all the info from a lot of people.

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  11. this barbie is like saying i dont want my kids to use screens so i give them a barbie to shut them up instead. Really they should interact with people and get outside.

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