The Plug-in Drug

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Penguin Books, 1985 - Children's television programs - 288 pages
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This classic study of television's impact on children has now been revised to include material on video games and computers, as well as a new chapter, "Television and the School." Unlike critics who focus on the content of programming for children, Marie Winn asks the crucial quuestion: How does the passive act of watching television affect the developing child's relationship to the real world?

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User Review  - chsbellboy - LibraryThing

Winn argues that the harm in television watching is not in the content, but in the excessive amount of time children spend fixated upon the screen. While the study may be a bit too in-depth for your ... Read full review

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User Review  - elliepotten - LibraryThing

A stimulating and thorough look at how children and television coexist in a household. Winn explains how children watch television and how their brains work to process the visual images they see on ... Read full review


A Changed State of Consciousness
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Marie Winn has written thirteen books, among them "Children Without Childhood," "Unplugging the Plug-In Drug," and "Red-Tails in Love." She currently writes a column about nature for the "Wall Street Journal." She has two grown children and four grandchildren who are growing up without television.

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