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