An Open Letter to Disney Critics

Yesterday I read (in a feat of supernatural mad reading skills) Team Rodent by Carl Hiaasen. He has no love for Disney, but his explanation for not liking the Corporation seems founded. As a Florida resident who has seen his state change (for good or for bad), I can’t blame him for being miffed at the impact Disney has had on the state culture and economy (and politics). Other Disney critics I’ve read recently include Henry Giroux and Jack Zipes.

But my question is really this: in what ways have you, oh Disney Critic, adjusted your criticism since Eisner stepped down? There are many similarities between the Eisner and the Iger regimes, but there are also some differences, at least from where I sit as a consumer as opposed to an insider. New expansions, cultural sensitivities, environmental awareness, etc.

In the preface to the 2nd edition of The Mouse that Roared, Henry Giroux, or perhaps his new co-author, softened the blow. In the 1st edition, the stance was very anti-Disney, but with the 2nd edition, the authors maintain the stance of awareness of Disney’s practices without the desire to fix “the problem.” Is this change of tone indicative of a change in attitude toward Disney Corp?

If so, where are those sources?

While we’re at it, most of the criticisms I’ve come across that are legit for dissertation research are from the 90s or early 2000s. Anything more recent?

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