Media & Society

Reinventing Entertainment for a Digital Generation

The digital generation are a mystery to some. (Flickr/Besties, CC BY)
The digital generation are a mystery to some. (Flickr/Besties, CC BY)

Children’s entertainment is in a mess. This is in no small part due to recent revelations about just what was happening when the stars of...




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  • Thom Yorke of Radiohead pulled his solo releases from Spotify in 2013, arguing that digital streaming is destroying the livelihood of artists. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

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  • USA team soccer fan David Dunlap from Chesapeake City, Md., sings the Star Spangle Banner as he and a crowd watch live on a monitor the USA vs Belgium World Cup soccer match in Washington, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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  • How to navigate the sea of laptops. (Brett Jordan, CC BY*)

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  • A file photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sitting inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. (AP Photo/ Sunshine Press Productions, File)

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  • Swedish Prince Carl Philip (R) and Sofia Hellqvist (L) when they announced their engagement at a press conference at The Stockholm Palace, in Stockholm, Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonas Ekstromer)

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  • In this June 13, 2013, photo attendees play video games on the PlayStation 4 at the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday, June 12, 2014, found a surge in number of kids who spent three or more hours on an average school day on screened electronics other than TV. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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