Our November ‘Book of the Month’ is Seductive Screens: Children's Media—Past, Present, and Future – a novel and timely exploration of the development of child media from its early beginnings on the radio to the millions of postings on Facebook today. The author, Michael Brody, integrates case studies that consider the role of economics, psychology and technology, and discusses how the media affects our children by impacting on education, civility, celebrity, violence, play and child rearing. This exciting title has a wide-ranging appeal, and will encourage the reader to join in the debate, as questions follow most chapters.
To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.
We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMNOV14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2014.
Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:
"In the crusading tradition of Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent (1954), Brody provides an insightful history, analysis, and critique of the psychological impact that media has had and has on children and adolescents. By no means a definitive or comprehensive history of children’s media, Seductive Screens seeks to fill the gap in media studies literature with a decisively psychological and often deeply personal reading of various aspects of the child media phenomenon that centers primarily on Disney, Batman, Star Wars, Barbie, and Sesame Street, with some attention given to other influential children’s media constructions. [....] If one has ever wondered how a psychiatrist would think about elements of popular culture today, Seductive Screens is a brilliant introductory text accessible to the non-specialist and academic alike.”
— Ben Crace, Journal of American Culture, 37:2 (June 2014), 249-250
''In 'Seductive Screens', [Dr. Brody] explores just how media has shaped the psyches of children, from early beginnings with radio programs to the pokes and status updates of Facebook, and what forces have bought us to today's media-rich milieu. Dr. Brody assembles case studies like Disney, Sesame Street, and Batman in chapters that focus on the social, economic, psychological, and technological forces driving the form and content of children's media, which is becoming more and more participatory and potentially even more dangerous.”
—American Academy of Child and Adolescent News, March/April 2013.