I found this in a supermarket in LA, a claw machine stocked with the normal bevy of stuffed animals and toys, however many of these creatures were also strapped to money. The machine had toys with 5,10, and 20 dollar bills tied to their side. This game is usually meant for kids who seek these stuffed animals as playmates as they create imaginary lives or make believe stories. By placing the money in with the toys, the machine is getting children hooked on capitalism at a very young age.
The kids who may play with this machine are learning about the importance of money before they can understand its context. Instead of simply being happy with one toy they win from the machine, they instead long for the bill that can buy them four more toys. If the quest for money starts when a child plays with this machine, capitalism has managed to turn those who care the least about money, into more consumers who value the dollar above all else.
Questions for Research:
1. What do children think about money in society?
2. Is society attempting to turn making money into a game?