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Media Literacy – Spinning the Facts »

You may have noticed an article in your newspaper or news story on television over the past week touting a study suggesting teens can learn important sexual education lessons from popular entertainment television shows like (keep an open mind)… Friends.

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Sex-Ed With Friend »

You may have noticed a short article in your newspaper touting a study suggesting teens can learn important sexual education lessons from popular television sitcoms like (keep an open mind)… Friends.

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Media Literacy Introduction »

Parents worried about the content of media, be it television, movies or music, may find their first reaction to be “turn off,” “tune out,” or (as a friend of mine did upon finding an objectionable CD in his son’s possession) break it into a thousand pieces.

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Kids Who Literally Drool Over Television »

I’m guilty!

The moment a video called Babysongs went into our VCR, my life became so serene. It was the late 1980’s and we were the new parents of a wonderful young boy. Grandma, who could find the most unusual things in mail order catalogues, gave us a videocassette with short musical segments featuring babies and young children… read more »

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Family Technology—MAX Control for the Information Highway »

Has it ever happened to you?

You’re innocently looking up something on the Internet, and the next thing you know you are faced with a page of pornographic sex goddesses emblazoned across your screen. To make matters worse, you try and close the page, which has taken over your entire monitor, but more pages keep popping up.

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Ratings versus Censorship »

During a radio talk show, I was pitted against Mr. Jeremiah Gutman, the co-chair of the National Coalition Against Censorship. Involved for decades with First Amendment cases and other issues of individual rights, this New York lawyer has had a hand in many pivotal points of legal decisions regarding freedom of speech in the United States.

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The Heartland Film Festival »



  Where “Truly Moving Pictures” Reign

If you’ve ever considered going to a film festival, but have been worried you may find material that stretches the envelope beyond your comfort zone, - Heartland may be a great one to check out.

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Popularizing Pornography »

Two young twenty-something guys write an entertainment editorial in our local newspaper. A couple of weeks ago, their column happily trumpeted the headline “Porn Star Ball Makes Stop At City Club.”

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File Swapping: Dangers You May Not Know About »

If you have teens and an Internet connection in your home, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of strange words such as Gnutella, KaZaA, Morpheus, Grokster and the like. These are monikers given to software programs that allow “peer-to-peer” file sharing. In English, that means the ability to swap files between computers.

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U of Michigan Confirms: Sex and Violence Don’t Sell »

I recently covered a sexually charged television advertising campaign’s failure to sell beer. Shortly after filing the story, I discovered a recently released study from the University of Michigan that may provide more reasons than ever before for advertisers to avoid violent and sexual television content.

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If Sex Can’t Sell Beer, Why Is TV Still Hooked On It? »

In 2003, Miller Brewing began a series of ads that got far more response than they expected. Titled “Cat Fight,” the spots featured a couple of impossibly breasted women ripping each other’s clothes off as they fought over conflicting positive traits of Miller Lite.

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Is Disney Sailing Into Rough Waters? »

Disney’s theatrical release, Pirates of the Caribbean, has everything you would expect: Swashbuckling adventure, sword fights, a villain, and a fair maiden. But this movie has made Disney history because of something you wouldn’t suspect: it’s the studio’s first PG-13 release.

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Chocolate Covered Movies »

With Universal Studios’ The Hulk recently unleashed on theater screens, parents are dealing with the mixture of marketing and mayhem left in the wake of his path of fictional destruction. From minivans to Slurpees, it appears Marvel Comics and Universal Studios have left no licensing stone unturned.

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Thanks To The FCC, Your Kids Need To Be Even Smarter »

It’s a clichéd phrase: Our children are the leaders of tomorrow. But if we really believe that, we need to teach them some important media skills today – thanks to changes put forth by the FCC.

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Television Addiction – Just Say “Off” »

I was trained at a young age to worship television.

It was the center of our home, akin to a shrine. From within the wooden box, a powerful force seemed to pull our small family of three toward it. Our day didn’t begin before the set was turned on, and no one went to bed until it was turned off. The compelling need to constantly watch… read more »

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Video Games – Dangers Are More Complex »

An 18-year-old relates the moment when he met the girl he currently dates…

“It happened quite as chance, we happened just to see each other near the POD lift in Gfay, and started talking. Eventually things became more involved…”1

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The Reality Plague Hits Theaters »

Today I sat through 90 minutes of reality entertainment that left me convinced there are far too many dollars in the pockets of people who have nothing to do, because unlike Reality TV The Real Cancun is a Reality movie.
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Canadian Parents Unplug Naked News »

Imagine a sixty-minute newscast with no news footage – only anchor people reading news copy, weather reports, and sports scores. Sound boring? Now imagine the same thing, only naked.

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Advertising: A Star Is Manufactured »

It seems anytime there’s a chance a human being will be waiting for more than a moment in a particular spot, someone will position an ad message in that very place. After noticing pitches for ice cream confections on gas pump handles in my city last year, I’m waiting for the day when I pick up the phone and instead of hearing a dial tone,… read more »

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Searching for the Ultimate BIG Screen »

I settled into my seat for yet another media screening of a new movie – something I do as often as four times a week. But this one had me waiting in rapt anticipation because it was the IMAX movie – MacGillivray Freeman’s Coral Reef Adventure.

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Use Pause to Reflect »

My family was rooted to their spots like trees. Was this the same group of people I had just spent eight grueling, bickering hours traveling with? Wasn’t it everything the seat belts could do to contain those squirming bodies? Yet here they stood frozen, just inside the hotel room with the door still wide open, looking like something out of… read more »

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Family Technology – The TV Guardian »

“Family Technology” reports feature reviews of various gadgets that can enhance or assist parents with their family media experience.

Chances are good that at some point you have viewed a movie that leaves you saying, “What a great film, but why did they include all that bad language?”

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Obscene? Indecent? It’s Up To You to Say So »

Being a single voice for better quality media is a lonely job. But then so is being a security guard on a night shift. The big difference is the security guard rarely has strangers who, after learning of his occupation, start their next sentence with, “Why don’t you do something about…”

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