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Throughout history the media has primarily been produced by adults, for adults, about adults. Increasingly, children have become a matter of high priority in the modern media society, and as they have, they have also become the subject of much concern. From debates in Congress about the detrimental effects of movies, comic books, and video games over the last century to efforts to court children as media consumers, there is a clear recognition that the media are not now and probably never were purely adult fare. Their impact on children is at issue.

The contributors to this important work all study or work in the world of children's media. They analyze such concerns as the need for more educational programming for children on commercial television, media research groups devoted to studying issues that affect children, how children are covered by major newspapers and network news, and media organizations that utilize children as reporters, journalists, and editors. Also included in this volume are insights from various members of the entertainment, scholarly, and political communities, including Senator Paul Simon, Harvard professor Gerald Lesser, television personality Fred Rogers, and Representative Patricia Schroeder.

Children and the Media goes beyond predictable debates over children and media. The contributors consider various interest goups, from consumer to producer, with the intention of stimulating more disciplined intelligence on the topic, thus leading to continuing creative efforts to address an often neglected part of the human community. This book will be invaluable to media studies specialists, child psychologists, educators, and parents.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560008729
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Everette E. Dennis is Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, where he serves as chair of the Communication and Media Management Department and as director of the Center for Communications. Some of his books include Beyond the Cold War, Justice Black and the First Amendment, and Radio—The Forgotten Medium.

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Table of Contents

1 Symposium I 3
2 The Moment of Truth 9
3 "As I Told the FCC..." Yet Another Modest Proposal for Children's Television 13
4 Why Kids Hate Educational TV 21
5 Electronic Childhood 29
6 Symposium II 41
7 From Unseen and Unheard to Kidsbeat 47
8 How the News Media "See" Kids 57
9 Children Like Me - Where Do We Fit In? 63
10 Symposium III 69
11 By the Numbers - What Kids Watch 73
12 Six Myths About Television and Children 77
13 "Ask Beth" 85
14 "Sesame Street" and Children in Poverty 93
15 Teaching Media Literacy - Yo! Are You Hip to This? 103
16 Growing Media Smarts - The New Mexico Project 113
17 Symposium IV 121
18 A Voice and the Courage to Use It 125
19 News Advisory - Listen to the Children 135
20 Our Own Voices, Please 141
21 Harlem Snapshot - Schooling in New Technologies 143
22 Coming Up Next...A Brighter Tomorrow for Kids' TV 151
23 Smarter Than We Think - Kids, Passivity and the Media 161
24 The Guardians of Growing Up - A User's Guide to Children and Media Research Groups 175
For Further Reading 185
Index 191
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