agree. publicity has its own rules.


送交者: apate 于 2004-12-29, 15:49:29:

回答: Liu is a celebrity endorsing a product about herself 由 PhonyDoctorPhD 于 2004-12-29, 15:06:33:

the rules of publicity would include the open access to relevant information, for legitimate body of publics, if not all publics. thus, it may be legitimate to request the Lius' to "declassify" the appplication materials they used for their "Harvard" girl. (btw: would Harvard claim "copyy rights" for the use of its logo"?)

but personally, i am more interested in two other things.

first, the ways in which the Lius' construct their narratives about the educational processes and how these narrative appeal to the publics. that the Lius concede that they are not held accountable for the nation-wide media hype betrays a huge intellectual problem in the books' reception, insofar as the books are a problem. for it is important to note that narratives are different from rational deliberations. and the newest thread by Xiao Yu does have a good point at the end: that is, the way the Lius tell the story *seemingly* suggests that there is a logical and causal relationship between their edu. efforts and the preferable results. such narratives are very dubious, to say the least.

second, as i meantioned in an earlier thread, it is a crucial matter of ethics in parent-child relationships. a kid should never be treated as a performing monkey. even genuine geniuses like Mozart has his own choices as a child. my hunch is that many families now in China still feel more comfortable with (vulgarized) utilitarianism rather than deontogical ethics and justice. people thrive for what is good, but often forget what is right. i hope i am just the only one worrying about the falling of skies, but if my point has any truth in it, this ethical matter is a serious one that might affect a whole generation of young people.



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