Deliberately selected to represent as many parts of the globe as possible, and with a commitment to recognizing both the similarities and differences in children and young people's lives - from China to Denmark, from Canada to India, from Japan to Iceland, from - the authors offer a rich contextualization of children's engagement with their particular media and communication environment, while also pursuing cross-cutting themes in terms of comparative and global trends.
Chapter 5: Making Waves: Historical Aspects of Public Debates about Children and Mass Media
Making Waves: Historical Aspects of Public Debates about Children and Mass Media
Introduction: Off Limits
There is a symbiosis between childhood and the mass media. Both were institutionalized in the twentieth century, though with much earlier roots. Both allegedly pose dangers which must be headed off by new regulatory bodies. Both help define a modernized society. When the two coincide, there is often unease. For example, trouble has been expected in those times and places when: children are found at popular theatres or in darkened cinemas; children read comics or watch television too avidly; children spend hours with gameboys or before computer screens. The dangers identified have varied, but the sense of unease has remained ...