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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.
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.
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.