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Post Neon Knight on Mon 31 Jul - 20:34

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4630734/Robin-Hood-King-Arthur-risk-dying-folk-tales.html

   Study found two thirds of parents have no intention of telling kids folk stories
   One in four even admitted that they were unable to name any traditional tales
   Those who knew Robin Hood said it was based on films and not passed down
   Three in five said they have not heard a single folklore story in over two years

Researchers who carried out a detailed study among 2,000 adults found two thirds have no intention of regaling their children with stories of fictional heroes' derring-do . . .

A spokesman for Center Parcs, which commissioned the study to mark the 30th anniversary of their Sherwood Forest park, said: 'Storytelling is a great way to bring families together, sharing tales with one another and bonding as they re-live family favourites. 'In the year we celebrate our Sherwood Forest anniversary we're particularly sad to hear that the future of folklore is in jeopardy. We want to help people re-discover tales they might have forgotten, not only keeping the legendary history of our nation alive, but also helping to build family relationships around the almost forgotten art of storytelling.'

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Post de Burgh on Tue 1 Aug - 6:48

Its quite sad because folklore is rich in distinct, narrative presentations and moral themes in each story that promotes good family values. Nevertheless, due to the prevalence of high-caliber technologies such as the internet, smartphones, television and video games, etc.; human socialization and child development is attaching themselves to these machine surrogates playing the parenting role in recent generations. So kids are easily influenced by media bias. Thus, their minds are very malleable to media distortions and media "role models" which dumbs down the populace. Nevertheless, you take the good with the bad.

Even so, the benefits of technology makes it easier to communicate with one another especially on a global scale. Technology is not inherently bad; its depends on how people use technology that will determine how it personally affects people's lives for either good or bad.

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Post Neon Knight on Tue 1 Aug - 21:15

I think schools should be required to teach certain traditional legends and stories and also look at them from a historical perspective. I think European myths and legends are the equivalent of Biblical stories and parables which, as de Burgh said, can teach social values. I hadn't thought of the technological aspect but, yes, it can be used positively as well as being a distraction. Film and TV versions of the ledends can be inspirational as well if they are done in the right spirit without being updated with politically correct values or being 'Hollywoodised'. I think the Robin of Sherwood TV series was a good example:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_of_Sherwood#Reception

"Robin of Sherwood is, for many people, the definitive modern version of the Robin Hood legend. Moody, atmospheric, superbly written and acted, with a haunting soundtrack by Clannad (later released as the album Legend), it was the inspiration for a generation of British fantasy role-players... That Robin of Sherwood succeeded is a tribute to the skill of writer, cast and crew. Somehow, despite its fantasy elements, it produced something earthy and captivating. Not history, nor fantasy, but a kind of 'mystic history'"




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