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“A worthwhile effort.” –The Hindustan Times “Children and Television provides a detailed description of the patterns of representation of different groups on children's television programs (including commercial broadcast, public broadcast, and cable) and their potential consequences for the development of people's worldviews. … Children and Television is a readable and interesting introduction to research on children and television by scholars in a variety of social science disciplines as well as media professions.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media “There is much in this collection of 22 essays which will be of interest to anyone concerned with understanding children's interaction with television.” –Media Development “The issues addressed in Children and Television, are of critical importance to us at PBS. Congratulations on completing this thoughtful work. We ...

Television, the Portrayal of African Americans, and the Development of Children's Attitudes

Television, the Portrayal of African Americans, and the Development of Children's Attitudes
Television, the portrayal of African Americans, and the development of children's attitudes

In the social world of television, characters are overwhelmingly European, male, and middle class, whether one is watching prime-time or children's programming (Downing, 1974; Greenberg, Simmons, Hogan, & Atkins, 1980; Williams & Condry, 1989). Excluding programming in languages other than English, among underrepresented groups, African Americans are the only group appearing in significant numbers (Berry, 1988; S. B. Graves, 1980; Steenland, 1989; Williams & Condry, 1989).

One can conclude, as did a recent American Psychological Association task force (Huston et al., 1992), that minorities, including African Americans, are underrepresented on television, segregated in specific types of content, and rarely engage in cross-ethnic interactions. ...

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