Alfred Bandura’s “Bobo Doll” theory presents to us the idea that children copy what they watch and that there is a connection between watching violence and engaging in violence. In our week 2 BCM 110 lecture, this ideology was discussed and although the violence part of the experiment is questionable, I feel it raises many questions about the extent to which we are influenced by watching media.
I am not a big fan of seafood and from around the age of 4 I just completely stopped eating it. Still to this day, just the scent of my mum cooking fish in the kitchen makes me want to vomit. Trust me, I do have a relevant point to make with this – it’s coming. But I honestly can’t remember the last time I enjoyed seafood or even just something as simple as calamari and chips. Now let me just say that I completely disagree with my father and think he just uses this story as a way to get a good laugh out of people. However it is an interesting point, quite a CONSPIRACY THEORY topic I feel I would hear in a Shane Dawson video on YouTube.
According to my father the reason I don’t eat seafood, fish in particular, is from obsessively watching Disney Pixar’s classic family film Finding Nemo. Apparently repetitively hearing Bruce the Shark chanting “FISH ARE FRIENDS NOT FOOD” transformed a seafood loving toddler into a girl who could literally start her own seafood hate club. As much as I’d love to see a MR TOMARAS VS DISNEY PIXAR court case in the future, I really believe the true reason I don’t enjoy the food is actually my dad’s own fault – sitting in his stinky seafood truck turned me off it for life. However I can’t help but ponder on the idea, how big of an influence can what we watch have on us?
When watching Finding Nemo more recently, I felt I was taken on a nostalgic rollercoaster. The best part about family films is that they are produced in a way that must be enjoyable for a whole range of ages in order for both children and adults to find them entertaining. I feel as if watching it now still brings me the same excitement as it did then and I also appreciate and understand the little jokes slid in there for the older audience. Classic Disney films like these will forever give timeless joy to myself and to many others when viewing them. It is definitely a very pleasurable experience and can take you back to the exact time and place you remember first viewing it.
Is Finding Nemo the reason I only treat fish as friends and not food? I feel that will stay forever unsolved, but it is still something I will remain open-minded about in case my dad does one day sue Disney.