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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 Women, and Children's Attitudes
Television, the portrayal of women, and children's attitudes
NancySignorielli

Television is our nation's most common, constant, and vivid learning environment. Americans spend much of their time in the world of television and today newer delivery systems, such as cable and VCRs, provide even more opportunities for viewing. In the average home, the set is turned on for about 7 hours each day and the average person watches more than 3 hours a day. Children and their grandparents watch the most; teenage girls the least (but even this group averages just under 3 hours each day) (Nielsen, 1990). Few people escape exposure to television's vivid and recurrent patterns of images, information, and values.

Television is first and foremost a storyteller—it tells ...

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