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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 ...

Creativity of Children in a Television World
Creativity of children in a television world
DorothyG.Singer
Introduction

In the remote Amazonian rain forest village of Gorotire, Brazil, a satellite dish brings He-Man and the Flintstones to the naked Kaiapo Indian children. No longer do the families gather at night to meet and to talk, to pass on information or to tell stories. The villagers call television the “big ghost.” Beptopup, the oldest medicine man, says, “The night is the time the old people teach the young people. Television has stolen the night” (Simons, 1989, p. 36). If television has stolen the night away from the Kaiapo Indians, it has stolen the day and night away from most U.S. children. The average U.S. family watches approximately 28 hours of television ...

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