ERIC Number: ED440776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Boys to Men: Conference Report. Media Messages about Masculinity: Annual Children & the Media Conference (Los Angeles, California, September 1999).
The Sixth Annual Children and the Media Conference, hosted by Children Now, focused on the media's role and potential influence on boys. This report highlights the thinking of participating advocates, academics, entertainment industry leaders, and children. Following excerpts from a keynote address by William Pollack of Harvard Medical School, the report summarizes themes that emerged from the panel discussions through five classic media icons: (1) "The Joker"; (2) "The Jock"; (3) "The Strong Silent Type"; (4) "The Big Shot"; and (5) "The Action Hero." In each section, selected research findings from media studies, a national survey, and focus groups are presented. The report also includes excerpts from a panel of young people who offered opinions, observations, and advice for media makers. The report concludes with reflections of representatives from the media and a series of questions about the portrayal of males in the media. (LPP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Audience Response, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Cultural Images, Males, Masculinity, Mass Media Effects, Mass Media Role, Media Research, Stereotypes
For full text: http:// www.childrennow.org/media/boystomen/report-final.html.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, CA.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Children Now, Oakland, CA.
Note: For related documents on the Boys to Men research, see PS 028 531-532.