Media/Entertainment

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Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman

This modern classic pulls no punches in its wake-up call to our culture of mindless media saturation.  It’s not exactly a light read, but well worth the effort.  Be ready to be convicted.

Stay Tuned: What Every Parent Should Know About Media” by Philip D. Patterson

This Christian author and expert on media ethics provides a very helpful look at electronic media from several different angles, all through a Biblical lens.

Dr. Dave’s Cyberhood: Making Media Choices That Create a Healthy Electronic Environment for Your Kids” by Dr. David Walsh (of www.mediafamily.org)

Very helpful guide for parents desiring to make their home a healthy one, where media and electronic entertainment is concerned.  Takes an interactional, holistic approach to the family-media relationship.  The only downside is the book is a bit dated (2001), given how fast technology is changing in our postmodern culture.  Still, a highly recommended read.

What Can We Watch Tonight? A Family Guide to Movies” by Ted Baehr

This is a great tool for every parent’s media toolbox!  It offers brief, yet thorough reviews of hundreds of movies released from 1990 to 2002. 

several great books written by Michael Medved (www.michaelmedved.com)

This Jewish film/media critic has earned a large, loyal following through his poignant insights and straight talk.  His tough criticism of the entertainment industry is challenging and obviously well researched and intelligently considered.  Medved has a sharp mind, a good heart, and a mighty pen.

Tune In Before You Turn It Off” by Roger D. Butner

OK, it’s not a book, it’s a handout I used to guide a discussion with a group of youth ministers about engaging their kids through the kids’ media choices.  I hope it’s a helpful resource for you.