2 Hours of TV, 7 Minutes of Reading

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A report released by the National Endowment for the Arts this month confirmed what many already suspected:  Children are reading less.  Over the past 15 years, the amount of time children spend reading has fallen 13% and their reading ability has declined — only one third of high school seniors are capable of reading the… Read more »

Holidays <--> Media: Gift Ideas from CMCH

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The holidays influence the sale of media just as much as media influence the holidays.  Kids across the US have wish lists full of media items: video games and the systems to play them on; CDs and the Mp3 players they’ll use to listen to them; cell phones, DVDs, laptops and on and on and…

Feeling Every Bump and Blow

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A special vest has hit the market that allows players to feel thumps, punches, stabs, and other blows to the torso that their character experiences in a video game. It is priced at $189 and is being launched with the first-person shooter game "Call of Duty." The vest was designed by a US surgeon who… Read more »

Hip-Hop, Sex, and Gender Dynamics

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A recent New York Times article explored a 3 year study of the hip-hop club scene in NY city.  Munoz-Laboy et al observed dancing and behavior at these clubs and ran interviews with young men and women.  They were surprised to find that even with the sexual and often misogynistic overtones of the music, young… Read more »

Target’s Target: Manhunt2

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Target stores have removed Manhunt2 from their video game shelves a week after its release on Halloween.  The premise of this violent game is that the player is a patient trying to escape from a mental hospital who must kill or be killed.  An added concern over the violence in this game came because it… Read more »

3 Media Articles in November Pediatrics

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There are 3 media-related articles in the new issue of Pediatrics: Zimmerman and Christakis:  Associations Between Content Types of Early Media Exposure and Subsequent Attentional Problems See news article Conclusion:  "Preschool boys exposed to violent television — even cartoons — are more likely to become aggressive later in life." Christakis and Zimmerman:  Violent Television Viewing… Read more »