An Open Letter in the UK

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In an open letter to a popular UK newspaper, 110 teachers, psychologists, authors, and others point directly to media as an environmental factor encouraging children to grow up before they are ready.  The authors close by encouraging parents and policy-makers, as a "matter of urgency", to start talking about ways to improve childhood.

Product Placement in Games, Music and Books

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Some people estimate that product placement started in the 1930s with movie directors filming in their favorite restaurants; others estimate it all really began with the promotion of Reese’s Pieces in the beloved film, ET.  In either case, we’ve seen it done in movies and television for years now and with more and more people… Read more »

Video Game Law in Louisiana

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Earlier this year, Louisiana officials signed into law a measure restricting the sales of violent video games to minors.  Those selling the games would have faced a $2,000 fine and/or up to one year in prison.  This week, a US District Judge has ruled the law unconstitutional, stating that depictions of violence are fully protected… Read more »

2 New Articles About Movies

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Jamieson et al have published an article titled Do Films About Mentally Disturbed Characters Promote Ineffective Coping in Vulnerable Youth? in the October issue of Journal of Adolescence.  They found that the more exposure depressed teens had to films depicting mentally disturbed characters, the less likely they were to believe that professional mental help treatment… Read more »

MMWR Report – Alcohol Radio Advertising

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This week’s MMWR report is titled Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising on Radio.  After studying ads for the top 25 alcohol brands in the top 104 media markets, researchers found that 49% of the ads were on programs where the audience was disproportionately composed of youth under the legal drinking age.