Media Madness: An Insider's Guide to Media

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How ?real? is reality TV? Why do magazine models look so great? How much money do musicians make from CD sales? Can radio DJs play anything they want? These and lots of other questions are answered in Media Madness --- the insider's guide to TV, music videos, radio, magazines, comic books, newspapers, video games and the Internet. Host Max McLoon gives pointers on how to analyze media and takes readers behind the scenes to reveal media workplaces in action.

With vivid cartoon-like illustrations bursting with color and movement, this comprehensive introduction to media has great kid-appeal and includes activities for readers to further explore concepts or try their own media making.

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About the Author:

Dominic Ali is a Vancouver journalist currently working for the David Suzuki Foundation.

Michael Cho is an artist, designer and illustrator living in Toronto. He designs Web sites, books, posters, storyboards, trading cards and CD covers.

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Grade 4-8–Host Max McLoon takes readers through a splashy and fast-paced crash course in media literacy. The book doesn't have much depth, but also doesn't miss much; it covers the insider secrets of television, music, magazines, comic books, newspapers, video games, and the Internet. The text outlines the various personnel that team up to produce each medium and highlights some of the tricks that are employed to lure and hold audience attention while delivering advertising. Never vilifying the media outright, the author instead urges readers to approach it critically by asking questions about the message, who sent it, how it gets your attention, and what was not addressed. The hip illustrations and wry sidebars prevent the book from coming off as goofy or childish, while the humorous treatment takes a bit of the edge off of otherwise "heavy" issues like stereotypes, sexism, and violence. Light and loony, but enlightening, too.–Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI
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