Commercialization / Media / What's on my mind

Questioning the “New Normal”

Amazon’s advertisement: “We are the People With the Smile on the Box,” brought media ecologist Neil Postman to mind. On page twenty of his book Technopoly, he says: New technologies alter the structure of our interests: the things we think about. They alter the character of our symbols: the things we think with. And they … Continue reading

How to assess on-line resources about media and young children:
children and media / Early Childhood / Family / family media literacy / General information / Media / Parent and Teacher Resources / Parents

How to assess on-line resources about media and young children:

There’s a lot of information flowing about some of our conceptions/misconceptions about the “digital divide” and what young children actually need.  Articles in the NY Times point out some of the things those most involved with developing digital technology and media have to say about their own children. So, which organizations are trustworthy? Which give … Continue reading

children and media / children and television / Early Childhood / Healthy Media Choices / Media / New Parents / Parents

Addressing Parental Anger: A Way In to Re-Wiring Habits

  In the US, psychologists like Steven Stosny point to a link between anger and parental feelings of inadequacy. While the situations he cites will ring true to many of us as parents: the end of a bad day is likely to set off reactions, etc., I would advocate for a nuts-and-bolts, practical review of … Continue reading

Commercialization / Family / Media / Narrative about media / Parents / Rituals

Video Games: Whence Do they Lead?

This is one of those posts that address pieces that have appeared in the media and I didn’t address at the time. July 2, 2011:  Virginia Heffernan’s piece How Games Steer Us Through Life appeared in the Opinionator section of the New York Times. I’d  like to bring a few things to light about this … Continue reading

Advertising / Commercialization / Girls / Media / Parents / Teachers

Girls’ Lockers: Moms and Marketers Stay Out!

When I read the October 9, 2011 New York Times Article “Middle School Girls Unlock a World of Their Own, in Miniature” my first reaction was – well, to squelch my first reaction – repulsion. Taking offense at school locker decorations (and companies creating demand for certain kinds of “locker furnishings”) might mean I’m a … Continue reading