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Channel surfing : race talk and the destruction of today's youth / Henry A. Giroux

Main Author Giroux, Henry, 1943- Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : St. Martin's Press, cop. 1997 Description 248 p. ; 22 cm ISBN 0-312-16265-0 CDU 316.7-053.6 659.3 316.77
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Kate Moss wears a sexual pout in a Calvin Klein ad. Kurt Cobain's suicide is held aloft as the archetypal example of teen alienation. What truth, if any, is contained in these depictions of today's youth? What message about our children is being transmitted? In Channel Surfing, Henry Giroux turns his gaze to this barrage of media images and sees a message that sells our children short by damning them to the preconceived role of alienated outcast. Surfing from one channel of communication to the next, Giroux builds up a complex web of associations between characters in films, tarnished real-life teen idols, and sexualized presentations of nubile young clothing models to show us the dark vision of our children that rides the airwaves and inhabits the print media. Channel Surfing, Henry Giroux's most fascinating and intriguing book yet, is sure to create controversy and debate at the same time that it calls for a more ethical attitude towards the prospect of our children's future.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface: Race and the Trauma of Youth
  • Section I Fashion, Demonization, and Youth Culture
  • Something Comes Between Kids and Their Calvins: Youthful Bodies and Commercialized Pleasures
  • Hollywood and the Demonization of Youth: Beating Up on Kids
  • Bashing the Sixties: Public Memory and the Lost Hope of Youth
  • Section II Race, Media, and Whiteness
  • White Noise: Racial Politics and the Pedagogy of Whiteness
  • In Living Color: Black, Bruised, and Read All Over
  • Playing the Race Card: Media Politics and the O.J. Simpson Verdict
  • Race Talk and the Crisis of Democratic Vision (with Susan Searls)
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments

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Kirkus Book Review

A lively, provocative assessment of the media's biased portrayal of today's youth and the damaging effects of this misrepresentation. Giroux (Education/Penn State Univ.) contends that movies, television, and Madison Avenue brazenly portray young people--and especially African-American youth--as one-dimensional, amoral misfits. Even as their public education, health care, and social services are being ""attacked and abandoned,"" youth are demonized, scapegoated, and valued solely as consumers. To bolster his argument, Giroux cites such recent media phenomena as the controversial Calvin Klein jeans ads in which teens were depicted as mindless sex objects and Larry Clark's film Kids, which portrays teens as sociopaths. Particularly perturbing to Giroux is the current state of race relations, and here, too, the media are largely blamed. In the hit film Dangerous Minds, ""whiteness emerges as the normative basis for success, responsibility, and legitimate authority."" Only the white Michelle Pfeiffer can save lower-class kids of color by ""relying on the logic of the market"" and rewarding them with trips to fancy restaurants. Ignored are the underlying causes of their difficulties. Similarly, the media granted too much attention, and thus legitimacy, to the arguments about African-American deficits and abilities presented in The Bell Curve. Giroux contends that that book's popularity was symptomatic of the increasingly conservative agenda of our times. Regarding news reporting, Giroux believes that the gulf between blacks and whites in America was only heightened by the media's incessant replays of the disparate reactions to the O.J. Simpson verdict. While Giroux is a bit selective in his media surfing, his arguments are as convincing as they are disturbing. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Henry A. Giroux is the well-known author of numerous books and articles on society, education, and political culture. He is Waterbury Chair of Education at Pennsylvania State University and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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