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Big World, Small Screen assesses the influence of television on the lives of the most vulnerable and powerless in American society: children, ethnic and sexual minorities, and women. Many in these groups are addicted to television, although they are not the principal audiences sought by commercial TV distributors because they are not the most lucrative markets for advertisers.

This important book illustrates the power of television in stereotyping the elderly, ethnic groups, gays and lesbians, and the institutionalized and, thus, in contributing to the self-image of many viewers. They go on to consider how television affects social interaction, intellectual functioning, emotional development, and attitudes (toward family life, sexuality, and mental and physical health, for example). They illustrate the medium's potential to teach and inform, to communicate across nations and cultures—and to induce violence, callousness, and amorality. Parents will be especially interested in what they say about television viewing and children. Finally, they offer suggestions for research and public policy with the aim of producing programming that will enrich the lives of citizens all across the spectrum.

Nine psychologists, members of the Task Force on Television and Society appointed by the American Psychological Association, have collaborated on Big World, Small Screen.

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Three themes guide this work. First, we are concerned with the uses by and influences of television on certain populations - children, the elderly, women, and minorities. Second, we attempt to go beyond the issues of violence and aggression to consider a wide range of topics. Third, we examine both the positive and negative influences of the medium as it is and as it might be.

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Nine psychologists, members of the Task Force on Television and Society appointed by the American Psychological Association, have collaborated on Big World, Small Screen.

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Alethea, January 4, 2009 (view all comments by Alethea)
This is a synthesis of research into TV's effects, written in the early 1990s. Very interesting, and the authors look at the good as well as the bad. It's amazing, though, how much the television landscape has changed. Still, though, it makes TV seem somewhat less scary to a parent of young children.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803272637
Author:
Huston, Aletha C.
Author:
Fairchild, Halford H.
Author:
Katz, Phyllis A.
Author:
Fairchild, Halford
Author:
Murray, John
Author:
Wilcox, Brian L.
Author:
Murray, John P.
Author:
Zuckerman, Diana
Author:
Rubinstein, Eli A.
Author:
Rubinstein, Joseph
Author:
Donnerstein, Ed
Author:
Feshbach, Norma D.
Author:
Donnerstein, Edward
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska Paperback
Subject:
General
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Screen, radio and tv
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Television
Subject:
Television broadcasting
Subject:
Television and children -- United States.
Subject:
Television and family -- United States.
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Child, Youth, and Family Services
Publication Date:
19920831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
8.48x5.28x.49 in. .51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Three themes guide this work. First, we are concerned with the uses by and influences of television on certain populations - children, the elderly, women, and minorities. Second, we attempt to go beyond the issues of violence and aggression to consider a wide range of topics. Third, we examine both the positive and negative influences of the medium as it is and as it might be.
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