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.

Reality and Fantasy in Media: Can Children Tell the Difference and How Do We Know?

Reality and fantasy in media: Can children tell the difference and how do we know?
Máire MessengerDavies

Introduction

According to Malcolm Williams, a sociologist of science:

An important task of science and one in which it is (I think) partially successful, is to distinguish between the real and what is socially constructed as real … gravity for example does not differentially affect cultures in time or space (Williams, 2000: 85).

A distinguished media and cultural studies scholar, Christine Geraghty, proposes:

Semiotics was significant in work on the media because it attempted to break the notion of mediation and to show that the key relationship within a language system was not between a word and its referent ...

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