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Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

the Media Education Foundation presents ; written & directed by Adriana Barbaro & Jeremy Earp ; produced by Adriana Barbaro ; co-producer, Jason T. Young ; a Media Education Foundation production
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
With virtually no government or public outcry, the multi-billion dollar youth marketing industry has been able to use the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. American kids now influence an estimated {dollar}700 billion in annual spending, targeted virtually from birth with a relentless bombardment of sophisticated commercial appeals designed to sell everything from Hollywood merchandise and junk foods to iPods, cell phones, the family car and vacations. The result is that childhood itself has been commercialized. Drawing on the insights of experts, industry insiders, and children themselves, Consuming Kids traces the evolution and impact of this disturbing and unprecedented phenomenon, exposing the youth marketing industry's controversial tactics and exploring the effect of hyper-consumerism on the actual lived experience of children.
Director
Adriana Barbaro; Jeremy Earp
Performers
Narrator, Alex Peterson; Participants, Dan Acuff, Enola Aird, Michael Brody, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Josh Golin, Allen Kanner, Velma LaPoint, Diane Levin, Susan Linn, Robert Reiher, Michael Rich, Gary Ruskin, Nick Russell, Juliet Schor, Betsy Taylor, David Walsh.
Release Date
2008
Language
English
Rating
Grade 9+
Higher education
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Media Education Foundation in 2008.
Publisher no.
1041604 Kanopy
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Description
1 online resource (1 video file, 67 min.)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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