|1) Jay Dunlap’s new book is a precious guide for parents in our media society.|
Chicago, August 13, 2007. – What is the relationship between
television and ADD/ADHD? What does hypnosis have in common with
watching television? What do we miss when we don´t communicate
in person? Why will future generations see media such as
television and the Internet as a single medium? How do
we strike a healthy balance between media consumption and our
needs as individuals and families?
Jay Dunlap´s new book Raising Kids
in the Media Age answers these questions and many more
with a realistic and constructive approach that parents will find
enlightening, practical, and applicable.
At the heart of his message, Dunlap
shows that parents must understand the communications media in order
to be effective educators of their children. The media are
here to stay; our task is to learn how to
manage this double-edged tool in a way that serves the
family and doesn´t rip it apart.
In a book brimming with
fascinating information about the rise, development, impact, and dangers of
the various forms of mass media, one of Dunlap´s most
important insights is that in our times, the medium is
the message. That is to say, even if we set
aside the question of what particular messages the media are
conveying, we are still very much shaped and influenced by
its fast-paced, image-based communication style, both as individuals and as
families. Dunlap argues that the media´s influence on our ability
to communicate and build meaningful relationships with others is a
crucial element for parents to take into account when raising
|2) Jay and Margie are parents for five beautiful adopted children.|
Chapter titles include: What´s "Normal" is Weird; Television, the
"Hypnotube"; Media Myths; Pornography, the Worst of the Worst; The
Phenomenon of Convergence; and Practical Suggestions for Parents. An appendix
on how to produce and edit home videos puts the
action into the hands of the kids, while an additional
appendix of helpful resources gives parents the means to continue
educating themselves on the topic.
Raising Kids in the Media Age
is written by an expert who has seen the two
worlds of mass media and parenting up close. After a
decade as a news anchor and reporter for ABC and
NBC, and after parenting five adopted children, Jay Dunlap is
eminently qualified to speak on how to bring the best
of both worlds together in a balanced way.
Published by Circle
Press of North Haven, Conn., Raising Kids in the Media
Age is now on sale online at amazon.com and
circlepressusa.com or over the telephone at 888-881-0729.
A parent, educator,
and veteran media professional, Jay Dunlap has written for leading
national publications and has taught and lectured on media and
communications at campuses from Rome’s Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University
to New York University and many other colleges and universities.
After ten years as a news anchor and reporter for
various ABC and NBC News affiliates in the Midwest, Jay
spent the past decade doing communications work for Regnum
Christi and teaching communications. He is presently an adjunct faculty
member of Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island, and
teaches at the Legion’s Sacred Heart Apostolic School in
Rolling Prairie, Indiana. He and his wife, Margie, are parents
to five beautiful adopted children of mixed race.
|3) Jay Dunlap, media expert, communication teacher and father of five children.|