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

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Overview

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: 9/4/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Sternheimer teaches in the sociology department at the University of Southern California. Her commentary has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and other major newspapers. She also serves as a research consultant for the Center for Media Literacy. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? The flawed logic of media phobia, past and present 1
1 Why Americans Choose to Fear Media: It's not the media: What really changed childhood 21
2 Why Americans Choose to Fear Youth: The politics of youth-bashing 41
3 Fear of Media Violence: Four fallacies of media-violence effects 61
4 Fear of Cartoons: Role models for bad behavior? 85
5 Fear of Video Games: The blamed games 109
6 Fear of Music: Musical murder and misogyny? 125
7 Fear of Advertising and the Young Consumer: How much is that psyche in the window? 147
8 Fear of Sex: Do the media make them do it? 169
9 Fear of the Internet: Information regulation 193
Conclusion: Rethinking Fears of Media and Children: Media: A sheep in wolf's clothing 207
Notes 221
Selected Bibliography 251
Index 257
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