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The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media's Effect On Our Children

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Sad, Sad, but True!

    The book The Other Parent by James P. Steyer is about a man named Jim who works in the media. He is jealous of his competitors simply because they make more money than him. His competitors went to the same college has him and work just as hard as him. He soon realizes that he loves working and making children happy. On the other hand his competitors only work for money and this is the reason why they make more than Jim. One thing I enjoyed about the book is I was able to relate to it. The book was really helpful for me for school. As a senior in high school taking a government class made it easy because there are a lot of sections that talk about the media and it's influence on children. However what I did not like about the book is it seemed like they were advertising certain companies. This made it harder to read which made it slightly boring. In conclusion, I recommend this book for any high school senior heading to college. The book is tough to understand if you are not taking a Government class. The book is fun to read with background information. It would not be enjoyable just for anyone who just likes the cover. It would be like hopping in a car without knowing how to drive it, but you are driving it because of the color.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    Interesting outlook on media

    I am a 22 year old recent college graduate with an extreme passion for children. I was interested in reading this book to find out the background and to understand why the movie, tv, and music industry continues to market violence and sex at such an alarming rate. Money is the answer. It is upseting that money is the only reason but it is true. I have some problems with the fact that the author does not make more of a point that the parents must do all they can, but he does not ignore that. He does point to the parent to regulate but he wants more answers from the industry. But the industry will always be there. I was surprised at some of the shows he stated were aimed and marketed towards younger viewers-Boston Public being one of them. I find that Boston Public is not marketed towards teens but might be a good show to watch with their parents to discuss issues. All in all, I think this book was very good at breaking down the topic. I finished it in three days.

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