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Mass Media Effects

  • A Lingering Miseducation: Confronting the Legacy of "Little Tree."
    The popular book, "The Education of Little Tree," written by a Ku Klux Klansman, perpetuates popular stereotypes about American Indians and advances the author's ideology about segregation and staunch individualism. This type of fraud is especially damaging to children, both White and Indian, who internalize such stereotypes as more authentic than the realities of living American Indians.
  • Handbook of Children and the Media
    This handbook analyzes effects on children of traditional media, such as television, film, and advertising; and new media, such as the Internet and video games.
  • The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity. Multicultural Education Series
    This book is intended to provide insights into the role that the mass media play in the broad educational process, especially in the ways that young people develop their beliefs and feelings about human diversity. The book also offers insights and ideas for grappling with the media teaching-learning process and for understanding its implications for diversity-related education.
  • The Pocahontas Paradox: A Cautionary Tale for Educators
    Contemporary media's racist, sexist representations of American Indians have devastating effects on Indian children and adolescents. Negative and self-serving stereotypes of the American Indian are deeply embedded in American life.
  • Tuning in to Young Viewers: Social Science Perspectives on Television
    Research indicates that children are especially vulnerable to the effects of television viewing. Taking a psychological, social-science perspective, this book explores how television viewing affects children.