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Channel Surfing: Racism, the Media, and the Destruction of Today's Youth

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Kate Moss wears a sexual pout in a Calvin Klein ad. Kurt Cobain’s suicide is held aloft as the archetypal example of teen alienation. What truth, if any, is contained in these depictions of today’s youth? What message about our children is being transmitted? In Channel Surfing, Henry Giroux turns his gaze to this barrage of media images and sees a message that sells our children short by damning them to the preconceived role of alienated outcast. Surfing from one channel of communication to the next, Giroux ...

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Overview

Kate Moss wears a sexual pout in a Calvin Klein ad. Kurt Cobain’s suicide is held aloft as the archetypal example of teen alienation. What truth, if any, is contained in these depictions of today’s youth? What message about our children is being transmitted? In Channel Surfing, Henry Giroux turns his gaze to this barrage of media images and sees a message that sells our children short by damning them to the preconceived role of alienated outcast. Surfing from one channel of communication to the next, Giroux builds up a complex web of associations between characters in films, tarnished real-life teen idols, and sexualized presentations of nubile young clothing models to show us the dark vision of our children that rides the airwaves and inhabits the print media. Channel Surfing, Henry Giroux’s most fascinating and intriguing book yet, is sure to create controversy and debate at the same time that it calls for a more ethical attitude towards the prospect of our children’s future.

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"Giroux deserves high marks for presenting all sides of the issues." —Rapport
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312214449
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 617,263
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry A. Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in Communications in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University in Canada. He is the author of many books, including Stealing Innocence, The Abandoned Generation, and Take Back Higher Education

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

• Preface: Race and the Trauma of Youth

Section I: Fashion, Demonization, and Youth Culture

• Something Comes Between Kids and Their Calvins: Youthful Bodies and Commercialized Pleasures

• Hollywood and the Demonization of Youth: Beating Up on Kids

• Bashing the Sixties: Public Memory and the Lost Hope of Youth

Section II: Race, Media, and Whiteness

• White Noise: Racial Politics and the Pedagogy of Whiteness

• In Living Color: Black, Bruised, and Read All Over

• Playing the Race Card: Media Politics and the O.J. Simpson Verdict

• Race Talk and the Crisis of Democratic Vision (with Susan Searls)

• Notes

• Index

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