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Corporate Interests Threaten Children's Welfare -JOEL BAKAN

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The 20th century witnessed a momentous shift that would ultimately threaten the welfare of children: the rise of the for-profit corporation. 'ver the last 30 years there has been a dramatic reversal: corporate interests now prevail. Deregulation, privatization, weak enforcement of existing regulations and legal and political resistance to new regulations have eroded our ability, as a society, to protect children. Childhood obesity mounts as junk food purveyors bombard children with advertising, even at school. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation study reports that children spend more hours engaging with various electronic media -- TV, games, videos and other online entertainments -- than they spend in school. Much of what children watch involves violent, sexual imagery, and yet children's media remain largely unregulated.'

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