Kid's Media Culture (Console-ing Passions)

Kid's Media Culture (Console-ing Passions)

By: Marsha Kinder (author)Paperback

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Television shows, comic strips, video games, and other forms of media directed at children are the subject of frequent and rancorous debate. In "Kids' Media Culture", some of the most prominent cultural theorists of children's media join forces with exciting new voices in the field to consider the production and consumption of media aimed at children. What's good for kids and what's merely exploitive? Are shows that attempt to level the socio-economic playing field by educating children effective? The essays in this anthology tackle these questions and pose provocative new questions of their own.As part of their argument that children's reactions to mass media are far more complex and dynamic than previously thought, contributors examine the rise of mass media in postwar America. They explore how books, cartoons, and television shows of the 1950s and 1960s - such as Lassie and Dennis the Menace - helped redefine American identity and export an image of a particularly American optimism and innocence worldwide. Other essays take up the controversies surrounding such shows as "Sesame Street", "My So-Called Life", and "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers".After discussing the differences in how children and adults react to such programs, the collection focuses on television in schools and the ways that mass media convey messages about gender and socialisation. "Kids' Media Culture" makes clear that children are active, engaged participants in the media culture surrounding them. This volume will be compelling reading for those interested in television and cultural studies as well as anyone interested in children's education and welfare. Contributors include: Heather Gilmour, Sean Griffin, Heather Hendershot, Henry Jenkins, Yasmin B. Kafai, Jyotsna Kapur, Marsha Kinder, Susan Murray, Elissa Rashkin, Ellen Seiter, Lynn Spigel, and Karen Orr Vered.

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Marsha Kinder is Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. She is the author of a number of books, including "Playing with Power in Movies, Television, and Video Games" and"Refiguring Spain: Cinema/Media/Representation," also published by Duke University Press.


CONTENTS List of illustrations; List of tables; Acknowledgements Kids' culture in the Clinton era: an introduction Marsha Kinder, University of Southern California Section 1: Children's media culture in the post-war era Innocence abroad: the geo-politics of post-war kid-strips Lynn Spigel, University of Southern California "Her suffering aristocratic majesty": the sentimental value of Lassie Henry Jenkins, MIT Kings of the wild backyard: Davy Crockett and children's space Sean Griffin Out of control: Television and the transformation of childhood in late capitalism Jyotsna Kapur, Northwestern University Section 2: Reception and cultural identity Sesame Street: cognition and communications imperialism Heather Hendershot, Queen's College Ranging with power on the Fox Children's Network, or where on earth is children's educational television Marsha Kinder, University of Southern California Xuxa S.A.: the queen of Rede Globo in the age of transnational capitalism Elissa Rashkin, University of Iowa Saving our so-called lives: girl fandom, adolescent subjectivity and "My so-called life" Susan Murray, University of Texas, Austin Section 3: Pedagogy and power Power Rangers at pre-school: negotiating media in child care settings Ellen Seiter, University of California, San Diego What girls want: gender, computers and interactive games Heather Gilmour, CUC Sofware Video game designs by girls and boys: variability and consistency of gender differences Yasmin Kafai, University of California, Los Angeles Selective bibliography on Children's media culture Karen Orr Vered; Notes on contributors

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/11/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780822323716
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9780822323716
  • weight: 535
  • ISBN10: 0822323710

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