“Poor little guy! He just makes mistakes. He doesn’t know any better. I’ll just have to be patient and teach him the right way to do things,” said Mickey.
Disney Inc., “Mickey Mouse and The Boy Thursday” (1948)

As a child growing up in rural South Africa, much of what I knew about the broader world I discovered through my television screen. National Geographic taught me about polar bears and tsunamis, and the history channel gave me a decent understanding of the industrial revolution and who really killed Kurt Cobain. But a larger part of my TV education occurred subconsciously…

Rachel Calcott

I’m a South African double majoring in Cognitive Science and English at Yale University, with interests at the intersection of language and psychology.

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