Why Do News Stories Get Buried Or Disseminated Widely?

When I received an email about the building of the Russian Teardrop Memorial in New York, I was a bit skeptical since I had heard nothing about such an important event. I immediately went to Snopes to check whether it was correct and found out that it was.

Today I Googled “Teardrop Memorial” and found . . . → Read More: Why Do News Stories Get Buried Or Disseminated Widely?

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.

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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 . . . → Read More: Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

AAMA Parent Newsletter #2

In this edition of the AAMA Parent Newsletter, look for… * Study: Why on-screen sex doesn’t sell. * Report: Best family movies from 2009 from Parent Previews * Depictions of risky behavior in PG and G rated movies. And much more… . . . → Read More: AAMA Parent Newsletter #2

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 . . . → Read More: Twilight of the American Newspaper?

AAMA Media Ed Newsletter #10

Hot off the computer, here is the 10th Edition of the AAMA Media Education Newsletter. Highlights include: * Exclusive picks from the Toronto International Film Festival from AAMA Executive member Nicholas Spillios. * New policy statements on media use from U.S. medical group. * Summaries: “Twilight of the American Newspaper” and “Why Summers Matter in the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap” (a focus on summer reading). And much, much more… . . . → Read More: AAMA Media Ed Newsletter #10

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 . . . → 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, . . . → Read More: Picks From the 2009 Toronto International Film Fest

AAMA Parents Newsletter #1

Here is our premiere edition of the AAMA Parents Newsletter — written for parents, grandparents and families who want to be more media aware and literate. Highlights from this edition: * Teaching from photographs: Helping kids understand how photo retouching distorts reality. * Sharing grief on Facebook. Is it a good idea? * Alberta TV host promotes family fitness. And much, much more… . . . → Read More: AAMA Parents Newsletter #1

Media Ed Newsletter #9

Welcome to the Ninth Edition of AAMA’s Media Education Newsletter… Here are some of the topics we are covering in this edition: * How “zapping” ads won’t stop you from being “Sold”. * Learn about the Student News Cafe * Study: Online Social Networks are Leaking Personal Information * Report: Net Neutrality in the U.S. * Can anonymous bloggers say anything they want? And much, much more… . . . → Read More: Media Ed Newsletter #9