Bombarded by Barbie

This article originally appeared as the cover story for the August 14, 2002 issue of the Durham (NC) Independent Weekly. Reprinted with permission.

Media literacy is a term you haven't heard enough about.

With media messages more subtle and ubiquitous than ever before, simply turning off the TV set is no longer a solution. Instead a growing number of educators and activists say the answer is "Media literacy" -- teaching kids to recognize and understand thae images they see onscreen.