Based on extensive fieldwork, this book examines how parents make decisions regulating media use, and how media practices define contemporary family life.
Stewart M. Hoover is Professor and Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lynn Schofield Clark is Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Mass Media Research in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Diane F. Alters is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lee Hood is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication. They are all at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Joseph G. Champ is a Full-time Instructor in the Department of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at Colorado State University.
"This book is a fascinating read, and a valuable addition to the ethnographic literature about television's role in the American family. Its skillful research fills a gaping hole in our knowledge about how media use is negotiated between parents and children amongst a broad cultural spectrum of families." -- Andrea Press, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Not since David Morley's Family Television has a book taken up this topic with this kind of scope.I would not be surprised if it attained the status of a classic in the field." -- Ellen Seiter, University of California, San Diego