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By: Dale Kunkel

In: Children & Television: Images in a Changing Sociocultural World

Chapter 19: Policy and the Future of Children's Television

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Policy and the Future of Children's Television
Policy and the future of children's television

Imagine what a different experience television would be for adults if the only programs offered were situation comedies and action-adventure shows. No evening news, no 60 Minutes, no music, culture, or drama—only endless episodes built around laugh tracks and good-versus-evil fantasy themes. In such a world, television would no doubt be criticized for a lack of diversity and an overall failure to realize its potential.

Now adjust the focus of this picture to programming for children. There is little need for any imagination, as this characterization encompasses most children's programming aired on commercial television. The range of children's shows provided over the years, especially recent years, has been little more than sitcoms and ...

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