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Valentine’s Day Disappointment - 2014

Valentine’s Day Disappointment - 2014

It’s Valentines Day. The day to celebrate everything hearts, cupids, chocolate and love! Or if you’re on the other side of the equation, a time to grumble about what many call a manufactured holiday.

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Memorial Day Movies

Memorial Day Movies

The last Monday in May is the day set aside for Americans to remember those who have been injured or lost their lives while serving their country. Dating back to the end of the Civil War, Memorial Day now includes all conflicts ever engaged in by the United States. Over ...

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Pain & Gain: Why Has Crime Become So Funny?

Pain & Gain: Why Has Crime Become So Funny?

Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two steroid-using gym rats that turn to extortion, kidnapping and torture and is rated R for bloody violence among other things. Unfortunately this script isn’t solely the imagination of some Hollywood scriptwriter searching the dark regions of his or ...

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James Bond: 50 Years in the Movies

James Bond: 50 Years in the Movies

He’s suave, debonair and almost always incredibly cool, no matter who plays him. In 2012 fans of the 007 film franchise celebrated Global James Bond Day on October 5, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 release of Dr No. A feature documentary, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, released the same day ...

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War Heroes

War Heroes

On this historic date of 11-11-11, citizens around the world will participate in activities to recognize the sacrifices made in World War I and other conflicts that followed.

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FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

FTC Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children

Released in December 2009, this report details improvements and deficiencies in the current US marketplace with the selling of media products to children and teens. Of particular interest within the report are the compliance rates of specific retailers in making sure underage customers don’t have access to adult rated products.

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Changes in Movie Ratings Part 2—More NC-17 Movies Coming to a Theater Near You

Changes in Movie Ratings Part 2—More NC-17 Movies Coming to a Theater Near You

For years, independent producers (and foreign filmmakers) have claimed their movies receive stricter ratings than movies coming from the big six studios that contain similar content. One filmmaker who decided to make a strong statement about this inequality is Kirby Dick. His recent documentary, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, ...

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TV Violence—When Push Comes to Shoot…

TV Violence—When Push Comes to Shoot…

By now I’m sure you, the thousands of parents who come to the Parents Television Council website, have read the report or at least the summary on the dramatic increase in television violence. And I’m sure you’re not surprised. But before you think there’s nothing you ...

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Cocaine: Snort It, Guzzle It, Promote It

Cocaine: Snort It, Guzzle It, Promote It

Use of illegal and "recreational" drugs is truly becoming an epidemic that has reached crisis proportions. We’ve spent millions of tax dollars attempting to educate North American societies about the consequences of using these substances, and then in a moment, all of that proactive training is undone ...

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Jackass: The Movie? Or the MPAA?

Jackass: The Movie? Or the MPAA?

Please forgive the questionable title on this column, but it certainly is a question that begs to be answered after checking out the content in Jackass: Number Two, a "movie" (better described as an obscene circus act) that has left many—including hardened liberals—wondering just what does ...

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Pulling Young People Into The Matrix

Pulling Young People Into The Matrix

I’m often asked to present media sessions in schools. I’m amazed how frequently arms shoot up in an elementary classroom and “The Matrix!” is exclaimed in response to “What’s your favorite movie?”

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With Enough Time The Truth About TV Violence Becomes Clear

With Enough Time The Truth About TV Violence Becomes Clear

Your nine-year-old is complaining once again because he has the only parent in the world that won’t let him watch violent television programs. And you find yourself wondering once again if you’re just too picky.

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Once Again We See the Power of Media Influence

Once Again We See the Power of Media Influence

I’ve read well over a hundred studies that cite the various affects of media on audiences—usually young people. The bookshelves of knowledge continue to grow, with early research being conducted primarily on the topic of violence in films and on television. As time has passed, an even broader ...

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Take2 Interactive: Guilty of Mocking ESRB Ratings?

Take2 Interactive: Guilty of Mocking ESRB Ratings?

Is it a game publishers dream? Or nightmare?Just when you thought the controversy surrounding Take2 Interactive’s Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas was fading away, a new development has brought the game back to the forefront of news media—and likely cash registers.

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The Game of Revising Ratings

The Game of Revising Ratings

In the late 1980s, the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating in an effort to make a stepping-stone between PG and R. Now, the Entertainment Software Review Board (ESRB) has made a similar move with their video game rating system—except it’s near the tamer end of the scale.  

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