'Educational' TV for under-2s could stunt their development
Paediatricians say there is "no evidence" that television programmes for the under-twos, marketed as educational, actually help them intellectually or socially, because they simply cannot understand them.
Watching television merely gets in the way of activities that such young children do understand, and do benefit them - most notably free play and engagement with other people.
DVD products such as Baby Einstein are marketed squarely on the premiss of educating babies and toddlers, while there are numerous British-made programmes, such as In the Night Garden, aimed at the age range....
No responsible Ph.D could even begin to answer those questions categorically. Consider the definition of knowledge - it is a philosophical problem of the first rank.
As for dumbing down etc., given what I've experienced over the years on this site & elsewhere, I think the Internet is as miserable a failure as television ever was. Urban legends, historical myths, & fantastic conspiracy theories are promoted & obstinately believed, even by otherwise educated people, despite readily-available evidence to the contrary.
And it is almost impossible to conduct a sober debate about anything serious without it quickly degenerating into ad hominem abuse. I'm not singling out this site; I see it elsewhere too, like on Facebook.
A Ph.D. team needs to address these meta-problems: 1.) Is man progressing or regressing in his knowledge with the advent of the information age? 2.) Where will this information superhighway take us? 3.) Will those who opt out be left behind?