Channel Surfing: Race Talk and the Destruction of Today's Youth

Channel Surfing: Race Talk and the Destruction of Today's Youth

by Henry A. Giroux, E. X. Giroux
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A hard-hitting analysis of how film characters, tarnished real-life teen idols, and sexualized young clothing models create a dark vision for our children, and communicate a dangerous message. Giroux (secondary education, Penn State U.), suggests that this message sells our children short by damning them to the preconceived role of alienated outcasts, and calls for a more ethical attitude towards their future. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312162658
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(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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