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KLIATT - Daniel Levinson
Greenhaven Press has long produced a variety of series dealing with current events (Opposing Viewpoints, Current Controversies, etc.) that marshal a variety of pro/con essays and argument excerpts. (Opposing Viewpoints is also available for purchase in a Gale computer database version.) The At Issue series titles are shorter than those two series, and don't organize articles by subtopic. They have individual titles grouped under broader topics. Some individual book topics are policy oriented (oil drilling in the Arctic, foreign oil dependence, the future of the US economy), but many are more likely to hit teens where they live: reality TV, censorship of music lyrics, and advertising and teen behavior. Mass Media and Teen Issues are the more unusual and interesting volumes. The TV volume has reprinted articles from a variety of sources, including The Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation and US Catholic. They run 5 to 15 pages each, and offer basically pro/con pairs: reality shows have some positive attributes vs. negative influence; positive religious message vs. an amoral one, and so forth. It ends with two more open-ended topics: that such shows promote a democratic view of society and can motivate generosity across the country. Many titles run under 100 pages of text, and pages are airy, not crammed with hard-to-read small font text. All sport attractive black covers with bright color illustrations. As with all the Greenhaven current events books, some articles and topics are more likely than others to seem stale quickly. And given the relatively high prices, these probably are for larger school and public libraries only. Reviewer: Daniel Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737739268
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/6/2008
  • Series: At Issue Series: Mass Media
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 117
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction     7
Reality TV Has Some Positive Attributes   Richard M. Huff     11
Reality TV Has a Negative Influence on Society   Richard Breyer     15
Young Viewers Are Drawn to Reality TV   Suzanne Martin     23
Reality TV Offers a Positive Religious Message   Margaret Feinberg     27
Reality TV Offers an Amoral Message   Patrick McCormick     32
Reality TV Can Change Cultural Attitudes   Ben Arnoldy     38
Reality TV Relies on Questionable Ethical Practices   Douglas McCollam     43
Reality TV Can Overcome Questionable Ethical Practices   Derek Draper     59
Reality TV Lacks Diversity   Judith Halberstam     65
Reality TV Promotes a Democratic View of Society   Kira Cochrane     72
Reality TV Can Motivate Generosity Across America   Sara B. Miller   Amanda Paulson     76
Reality TV Appeals to Baser Instincts   Douglas Rushkoff     81
Reality TV Encourages a Negative Body Image   Dana Stevens     85
Reality TV Can Promote a Positive Body Image   Willow Bay     89
Reality TV Allows Viewers to Live Vicariously   Cynthia M. Frisby     93
Organizations to Contact     101
Bibliography     108
Index     113
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