Children Talking Television

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Is television harmful to children? Does it destroy imagination, provode delinquency and violence, undermine family life and have other detrimental effects on children?; The author, himself a parent, teacher and researcher investigates the complex ways in which children actively make meaning and take pleasure from television. Chapters cover the popular debates about children and television from a general and academic perspective. The characteristics of children's talk about television are explored, as children interact with other children and other family members in "family viewing" sessions.; Key concepts which inform children's talk about television are investigated i. e. genre, narrative, character, modality, and agency. Finally, conclusions are presented and issues outlined for further research.; Drawing on theories and ideas developed within media and cultural studies, English, education, psychology, sociology, linguistics and other related areas, this book will be useful to both students and teachers in the field, and to the general reader with an interest in children and the media.

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A comprehensive (British) study of children's use and understanding of television. It discusses children's responses to soap operas and situation comedies, Hollywood films and TV advertisements, as well as programs specifically aimed at children. It analyzes the role of television in family and peer group relationships, paying particular attention to the significance of social class, gender, and ethnic background. For students and teachers in the field, as well as general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Transcription Conventions
List of Tables
Introduction
1 Children and Television: The Context of Research and Debate 3
2 Rethinking Television Literacy 20
Introduction: Making Sense of Television Talk 39
3 What are Words Worth?: Interpreting Children's Talk about Television 42
4 Talking about Television: Relations, Subjects and Contents 60
5 Family Viewing: Text and Context 102
Introduction: Elements of Television Literacy 131
6 Sorting Out TV: Categorization and Genre 135
7 (Re)telling Stories: Versions of Narrative 156
8 The Self and Others: Reading Television People 184
9 Beyond the Magic Window: Children's Judgments of the Reality of Television 217
10 Hidden Persuaders?: Advertising, Resistance and Pleasure 242
11 Television, the Audience and the Academy: The Politics and Practice of Audience Research 265
12 Television, Language and Learning: Implications for Media Education 281
References 298
Index 315
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