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  1. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Wood

    Some decent information here, though the discussion of violence in video games is not very thoughtful and also includes this sentence: "Following interviews with a number of experts in this area, PBS editors advised parents to avoid purchasing first-person shooter games in which a young person "takes on the identity of a violent character," sometimes referred to simply as role-playing games". A FPS is super not the same thing as an RPG. I went to the footnotes to check the reference and see if t Some decent information here, though the discussion of violence in video games is not very thoughtful and also includes this sentence: "Following interviews with a number of experts in this area, PBS editors advised parents to avoid purchasing first-person shooter games in which a young person "takes on the identity of a violent character," sometimes referred to simply as role-playing games". A FPS is super not the same thing as an RPG. I went to the footnotes to check the reference and see if the author got that idea somehow from the PBS source. The matching footnote citation was for an article from Science Daily on multitasking that looks like it was applicable earlier in the chapter. The PBS source was used earlier in the chapter as well, and by scanning the footnotes I did find it. The PBS source makes no mention of RPGs at all, so I'm just baffled as to why the author said that first-person shooters where the player takes on the identity of a violent character are role-playing games. The title also makes it seem like there would be much more discussion on video games in general. I checked in the index after finishing the book and calculated that 6% of the book is about video games. There's a chapter on Sex and Sexalities and a chapter on Changing Minds. Video games are included in the chapter on Mediating the World. I recognize Sex, Brains, and Media might seem a little less catchy as a title, but it would also set clearer expectations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Published in 2017, this is an update of the author's book by the same title (originally published in 2009). She has updated a lot of the facts and discussions and topics: Sex, Sexuality, Video Games, Racial Diversity, Underserved Communities, among others The book is an examination on teen/tween mentality, psychology, physical development, social development. It does a thorough job of debunking myths about teens, teens in the library, a positive approach to having video games (with partners) in th Published in 2017, this is an update of the author's book by the same title (originally published in 2009). She has updated a lot of the facts and discussions and topics: Sex, Sexuality, Video Games, Racial Diversity, Underserved Communities, among others The book is an examination on teen/tween mentality, psychology, physical development, social development. It does a thorough job of debunking myths about teens, teens in the library, a positive approach to having video games (with partners) in the library, the pros and cons of teens and technology, ways to handle conversations of "tough topics", addressing cop-out excuses that librarians use in regards to serving teens, among others. She specifically states giving teens their OWN space (been saying this forever) if they don't have it already, AND you have to go to the teens (outreach) to get them to come in (in EVERY capacity, because no matter how much technology they use, they will still go off of their social cliques before listening to a librarian).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Pretty basic stuff. Some of the terminology is dated or wrong. And the book doesn't so much give information as state that there IS information about these things. It's like a syllabus. Pretty basic stuff. Some of the terminology is dated or wrong. And the book doesn't so much give information as state that there IS information about these things. It's like a syllabus.

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