This conversation with Dr. Susan Linn took place in March, 2009. Dr. Linn is Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is author of Consuming Kids: Protecting our children from the onslaught of marketing and advertising and The Case for Make Believe: Saving play in a commercializaed world.
Dr. Linn’s article “Sages for Sale” in Tikkun Magazine in 2005 is the basis for this conversation. She points to the role of faith and humanist in addressing the need for stillness and absence of intrusion from commercial interests – especially for the very young.