It's Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture's Influence on Children / Edition 1

It's Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture's Influence on Children / Edition 1

by Karen Sternheimer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813341388

ISBN-13: 9780813341385

Pub. Date: 09/04/2003

Publisher: Basic Books

Are school shootings the result of violent video games? Do sex-laden movies lead to promiscuity? Can Goth music create alienation? Repeatedly we are told the answer to these and similar questions is a resounding yes. But is this the right answer? It's Not the Media considers why media culture is a perennial target of both fascination and concern, and why we

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Are school shootings the result of violent video games? Do sex-laden movies lead to promiscuity? Can Goth music create alienation? Repeatedly we are told the answer to these and similar questions is a resounding yes. But is this the right answer? It's Not the Media considers why media culture is a perennial target of both fascination and concern, and why we are so often encouraged to believe it is the root of many social problems. A look beyond the attention-grabbing headlines and political stumping reveals that fearing media feels right because media represents what we fear. And changes in media culture are easier to see than the complex economic, social, and political changes we have experienced over the past few decades. Digging deeper into the historical and societal trends of the past century and drawing from the most current social science research on the effects of media on children, Sternheimer presents a compelling argument that fear of social change, and what it means to be a kid in a today's media-saturated climate, lies at the heart of our media-bashing culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813341385
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/04/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
0.81(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? The flawed logic of media phobia, past and present1
1Why Americans Choose to Fear Media: It's not the media: What really changed childhood21
2Why Americans Choose to Fear Youth: The politics of youth-bashing41
3Fear of Media Violence: Four fallacies of media-violence effects61
4Fear of Cartoons: Role models for bad behavior?85
5Fear of Video Games: The blamed games109
6Fear of Music: Musical murder and misogyny?125
7Fear of Advertising and the Young Consumer: How much is that psyche in the window?147
8Fear of Sex: Do the media make them do it?169
9Fear of the Internet: Information regulation193
Conclusion: Rethinking Fears of Media and Children: Media: A sheep in wolf's clothing207
Notes221
Selected Bibliography251
Index257

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