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Here's an article which cites a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation about media consumption among children ages 8-18 (younger than all of us, yes?):

The part that most struck me was this: "Director of the Center on Media and Child Health and Boston pediatrician Dr. Michael Rich pointed to the ubiquity of media usage as an indicator that it may be too late to continue debating the question about whether media was a positive or negative influence on children’s environment. Instead, media may have become essentially “like the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat.”

What are people's thoughts on such a topic? Does the ubiquity of electronic media usage mean that we're moving past the debate about the merits or lack thereof of such a model of information transaction?

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