Kid Stuff Marketing Sex and Violence to America's Children

ISBN-10: 0801873274
ISBN-13: 9780801873270
Edition: 2003
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Description: American children spend a substantial part of their lives watching television and movies, playing video games, and listening to music containing explicit sex and violence. From Doom and Grand Theft Auto III to Eminem and Marilyn Manson, a strain of  More...

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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 4/16/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

American children spend a substantial part of their lives watching television and movies, playing video games, and listening to music containing explicit sex and violence. From Doom and Grand Theft Auto III to Eminem and Marilyn Manson, a strain of the popular culture has become increasingly toxic. One of the most pressing -- and controversial -- issues facing parents and educators in America today is understanding how exposure to these media affects the social and psychological development and behavior of children and teenagers. In Kid Stuff, Diane Ravitch and Joseph P. Viteritti bring together experts in media studies, child psychology, and public health to assess the dangers posed by "tox pop" to American society. Drawing on thirty years of research, the contributors find convincing evidence that such "entertainment" can harm children and teenagers, despite the self-serving denials of the media industry. Balancing their concerns for the welfare of children with respect for the First Amendment, Kid Stuff furthers the ongoing dialogue about how a democratic society can protect its children from the pernicious extremes of popular media. Contributors: Craig A. Anderson, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Peter G. Christenson, Edward Donnerstein, Jeanne B. Funk, Todd Gitlin, Kay S. Hymowitz, Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, Nell Minow, Newton Minow, Thomas N. Robinson, Stacy L. Smith

Diane Ravitchis Research Professor of Education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. President Clinton appointed her to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees federal testing. She is the author or editor of over twenty books, includingThe Language PoliceandLeft Back, and her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. A native of Houston, Ravitch graduated from the Houston public schools, Wellesley College, and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Toxic Lessons: Children and Popular Culture
Teaching amid the Torrent of Popular Culture
Socializing Children in a Culture of Obscenity
The Problem of Exposure: Violence, Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol
Equipment for Living: How Popular Music Fits in the Lives of Youth
Music at the Edge: The Attraction and Effects of Controversial Music on Young People
Video Games and Aggressive Behavior
Violent Video Games: Who's at Risk?
The Effects of Cutting Back on Media Exposure
The Contradictions of Parenting in a Media Age
The Role of Government in a Free Society
Index

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