Big Changes to Community Cable TV — And It’s Not Good

A media release from the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) says a new CRTC local and community TV policy will slash the budget for community TV to one-sixth what it was under the 2010 policy.

Community TV stations have been serving many small towns and cities for decades and with this recent change . . . → Read More: Big Changes to Community Cable TV — And It’s Not Good

Killing Us Softly — Round 4

In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging . . . → Read More: Killing Us Softly — Round 4

Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far?

UK University of Lincoln student paper The Linc has an interesting article by Stacey Cosens, asking if airbrushing is creating unachievable beauty. An excerpt:

It is a common tool used in the media industry, but certain evidence suggests that airbrushing may have gone too far. We are bombarded with images of the ‘perfect body’ in . . . → Read More: Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far?

TV Viewing Habits Change for Young Consumers

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study released in January 2010, watching regularly-scheduled TV has declined by 25 minutes. But don’t think that is because kids are turning off the television. Instead they are increasingly accessing it on the Internet, cell phones and iPods resulting in an increase of 38 more minutes of tube time.

In a . . . → Read More: TV Viewing Habits Change for Young Consumers

Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

In a report released in December 2009 by the Federal Trade Commission in the United States, researchers followed current trends in the marketing of violent entertainment products to children and teens. These include ad placement on
television and Internet, R-rated movies and unrated/uncut DVD releases, video games and the widespread use of cross-promotional items including breakfast cereals, . . . → Read More: Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

Twilight of the American Newspaper?

“Final Edition — Twilight of the American Newspaper” — a delightful, entertaining,
personal, and nostalgic stroll through the history of the American Newspaper. A must read!!!
Selected quotes follow:

“A scholar I know, a woman who is ninety-six years old, grew up in a tin shack on the American prairie, near the Canadian border. She learned to read from . . . → Read More: Twilight of the American Newspaper?

Media Violence & Children — American Academy of Pediatrics

Exposure to media violence through television, movies, music and video games can contribute to a variety of physical and mental health problems for children and adolescents. These include aggressive behavior, nightmares, desensitization to violence, fear and depression. The AAP issued two policy statements in October; 2009, the abstracts are below:

AAP Policy Statement — Media Violence, October . . . → Read More: Media Violence & Children — American Academy of Pediatrics