What can I do to help protect all children from harmful media messages?

Kids need freedom to explore on their own

I spent last weekend at a conference full of energetic and committed people working to protect children from corporate marketing practices that harm children’s health and well-being for profit.  It was the 8th international Consuming Kids Summit in … [Read more...]

Art inspired by marketers who unfairly target children

"Touch-Me-Not"

A special treat today. Works of art, one a poem and one a mixed-media drawing/collage, that draw inspiration from a sense that children are unfairly targeted by marketers in our society. This is a work by Massachusetts mixed-media artist Edward … [Read more...]

Vote today in the bad toy contest

cell phone monkey

It’s the TOADY. I do enjoy this annual contest, to select the worst toy of the year, as a counterpoint to the Toy of the Year award – the TOTY – which is sponsored by the toy industry. Sometimes the choices in both contests are strikingly … [Read more...]

Modern-day anthropology: What happens when culture is shaped by profit-making entities?

Here, an absolutely fascinating article in the New Yorker about anthropologists who studied both a small tribe that hunts and farms in Peruvian Amazon, and what must be their absolute modern-day polar opposite; middle-class families in Southern … [Read more...]

More Positive Images of Women Athletes

A few weeks back I wrote about the positive effects on girls of portraying female athletes engaged in their sports, being strong and competent, rather than as sexualized objects. Today, an update. Here is a women’s rugby campus marketing campaign … [Read more...]

Friday reading list

 I came across a few good reads this week that I wanted to share: Your Tango: Is TV biased against female sexuality? The message in the ad discussed here is that “women deserve sexual satisfaction.” Now that’s a much different message than the … [Read more...]

NPR’s Diane Rehm asks Michael Eisner about Disneyfication

NPR's Diane Rehm asks Michael Eisner about Disneyfication

Yesterday, Diane Rehm, an NPR talk show host, interviewed former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. In a wide-ranging interview, she questioned Mr. Eisner as to whether the presense of Disney in the lives of children is too large and too influential. For … [Read more...]

New tips for: Covering up those unsightly anxiety wrinkles

New tips for: Covering up those unsightly anxiety wrinkles

I was 13 when I had an epiphany about marketing, and it was Seventeen Magazine that I have to thank. Every month I would look forward to getting the new edition in the mail. One day I realized that after flipping through the magazine, I felt bad. I … [Read more...]

Will your child eat onions if Shrek’s face is on them?

Will your child eat onions if Shrek's face is on them?

I'm not absolutely sure this isn't an April Fool's joke, but since the press release is dated May 20th, well, let's assume it's for real. Apparently Dreamworks has worked out a huge number of cross promotional deals, including one with Vidalia … [Read more...]

What’s on?

What's on?

Ratings Legend Show may include gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content, or obscene language, and is unsuitable for children. The … [Read more...]

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