Joanne Cantor Weighs in on Media Violence

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This week, in the city where a horrendous college shooting occured just two weeks ago, the Montreal Gazette published an article about today’s technology trends, and whether we’re missing out on real human connections.  Since the shooter’s love for violent video games was immediately mentioned concurrently with the incident, it’s no wonder many people are… Read more »

Nickelodeon Turns Off the TV

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On Saturday September 30th, from 12-3 pm, kids who tune into Nickelodeon will not see any of their regularly scheduled programming.  Instead they will see only a logo for the 3rd annual Worldwide Day of Play, a campaign encouraging kids to play outside.  To date, more than 860 events are planned nationwide, providing kids with… Read more »

CAMRA Passes by Unanimous Consent!

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The Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate yesterday.  CAMRA will allocate federal funds from 2007 through 2012 "to study the role and impact of electronic media in the development of children." To view the text of the bill as it was passed by the Senate and… Read more »

CMCH Director on World News Tonight

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Tonight, September 14th, CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich will appear on World News Tonight to comment on the Montreal shooting.  The broadcast will air at 6:30 pm on ABC. 

“Life is like a video game, you gotta die sometime”

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Yesterday, 25 year old Kimveer Gill went on a shooting rampage at Montreal’s Dawson College.  After investigating his background, police found he had an extensive blog featuring hate talk and photos of himself with semiautomatic weapons and knives that he had updated just before the shooting spree.  Many are wondering how the violent media he… Read more »

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 »

Food Advertising Research

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Last month, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on "Adver-Gaming", where candy and snack food companies often market their websites to children in an effort to sell them a particular brand.  Two new journal articles this month take another look at advertising food to children. Caraher et al conducted a policy review of the… Read more »

Video Game Industry Will Be Paid Legal Fees

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In March of 2005, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, testified before the Illinois Senate and House Judicial Committee on what scientific research has shown about the effects of video games on youth.  Illinois proceeded to pass the Safe Games Act, prohibiting the sale or rental of excessively violent or sexually explicit games to minors… Read more »