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

Picks From the 2009 Toronto International Film Fest

Choosing from over 300 films at the Toronto International Film Festival can be daunting and fun. Here are a few of this reviewer’s choices which are released for the fall -

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY. Michael Moore takes another blow against U.S. corporations but in his usual inimitable humorous fashion, documentary style. Looking for explanations, he finds . . . → Read More: Picks From the 2009 Toronto International Film Fest