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Inter/Media: Interpersonal Communication in a Media World, 3rd Edition
This essay, like many others, is concerned with the effects of television on children, but what is different is the consideration of the role of parent within child-medium interaction. Paul Messaris deals with some intriguing issues such as the role of television in shaping our perceptions of reality and the role of parents in shaping our perceptions of television reality. Think of your early childhood experiences with this medium. How did you learn to distinguish the make-believe from the real, the commercial from the program, the drama from the news? Can you remember at what age? Are you still sometimes unsure? Did your parents use television characters and situations to teach you about the "real" world? Professor Messaris tells us the answers given by mothers to these and similar questions.
Reproduced with permission from Oxford University Press.
Messaris, P. (1986). "Parents, Children, and Television." In Gary Gumpert & Robert Cathcart (Eds.), Inter/Media: Interpersonal Communication in a Media World (pp.519-536). New York: Oxford University Press.
Date Posted: 21 October 2016