Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Markets in everything: doppelganger edition

Who wouldn't want this? a doll that looks like you and spews out pre-recorded messages of your choice (in your voice) to your kid, so it's like you are always around them.

Now, I admit that I am not a parent and haven't been a kid for a long time, but this product appears moderately creepy to me; a good way to drum up future business for psychologists.

Aren't kids supposed to be away from their parents at points in childhood?

Aren't independence, self reliance and self confidence valuable traits?

Are modern parents really this paranoid, smothering, and neurotic?

I guess the proof will be in the sales figures.

One thing is for sure though: Kids couldn't "play" with dolls like these in the kitchens of the 1950s!


Gerardo said...

See, now I bet you wish you would have gone and taped that Krugman lecture instead of the basketball game. You could make your own Kroogz doll, giving you helpful macro instructions. And, bonus, something to cuddle when the stimulus bills aren't big enough for your tastes.

Better yet, get some of those Munger campaign speeches and send out little libertarian dollies as holiday gifts.

Gerardo said...

The military mom and military dad editions are both sold out right now. Now that breaks my heart.