Alyssa Rayman-Read

Alyssa Rayman-Read is a former American Prospect writing fellow.

Recent Articles

Honey, I Sold the Kids

In her new book, Consuming Kids , ventriloquist-turned-child-psychologist Susan Linn tries to build a movement to regulate marketing to children. You say there has been an explosion of marketing to children. What do you mean? The proliferation of electronic media that happened in the ‘80s and the early ‘90s has made kids more vulnerable then ever. Radio, TV, videos, CD players, computers, movies -- you can be accessed by marketers everywhere now, and the changes in technology make it possible for the advertising industry to bypass parents. In 1978, after there had been all this activism in TV in the ‘70s and they had managed to get regulations for children's TV, they decided that programming for children under eight could once again be deregulated. The sugar industry, the meat industry, all these industries just descended on Congress. And Congress took away the Federal Trade Commission's power to regulate programming for kids in 1980; then, in 1984, children's TV was deregulated. My...

Honey, I Sold the Kids

In her new book, Consuming Kids , ventriloquist-turned-child-psychologist Susan Linn tries to build a movement to regulate marketing to children. You say there has been an explosion of marketing to children. What do you mean? The proliferation of electronic media that happened in the ‘80s and the early ‘90s has made kids more vulnerable then ever. Radio, TV, videos, CD players, computers, movies -- you can be accessed by marketers everywhere now, and the changes in technology make it possible for the advertising industry to bypass parents. In 1978, after there had been all this activism in TV in the ‘70s and they had managed to get regulations for children's TV, they decided that programming for children under eight could once again be deregulated. The sugar industry, the meat industry, all these industries just descended on Congress. And Congress took away the Federal Trade Commission's power to regulate programming for kids in 1980; then, in 1984, children's TV was deregulated. My...

Guantanamojo

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas The World Responds Column Archive Asia With worldwide attention and some cajoling from Secretary of State Colin Powell, a tentative dialogue appears to have commenced between India and Pakistan. Representatives from the two countries will meet at a conference in Munich, Germany in February, though the gesture seems mostly symbolic and there is some doubt that the root cause of the dispute -- Kashmir -- will be addressed. Diplomatic progress aside, political and military tensions in the region have not eased. Complicating matters is Tuesday's shooting attack on an American cultural center in Calcutta in which five Indian police officers were killed. Although the investigation has focused on domestic, possibly organized crime, India has added fuel to the fire with speculation that Islamic militants tied to Pakistan's spy agency may have been involved. An editorial in Pakistani newspaper The Nation , takes India to task for...

Bulldozing the Peace Process?

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas The World Responds Column Archive Asia War of Words Over Kashmir Asian media this week contemplates the possible spread of the war on terrorism to other Asian countries, while diplomatic sparring between India and Pakistan continues -- though tensions between the two nations have eased somewhat following Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf's January 12th speech condemning terrorism "in all its forms." In the much-analyzed speech, Musharraf ordered stricter monitoring of mosques and religious schools, outright bans on Islamic extremist organizations, and continued arrest of militants. Not everyone is satisfied however. Sudha Ramachandran probes the situation in the Asia Times , praising Musharraf's determination but criticizing the approach: For one, the organizations that Musharraf is cracking down on were given ample time to relocate, transfer funds and regroup . . . Moreover, Musharraf has refrained from targeting the...

Blair's Homecoming and Arafat's "Ship of Death"

Asia | Europe and Russia | Middle East and Africa | The Americas The World Responds Column Archive Asia Egging on India-Pakistan Tensions The political and military standoff between Pakistan and India dominates the headlines again this week. Despite international pressure -- including a joint statement from Russia and China, and admonishment from George W. Bush -- efforts to defuse the confrontation have been unsuccessful. India's prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wants an end to attacks by Pakistan-based, Islamic militants in the disputed region of Kashmir; Pakistan's General Pervez Musharraf insists he is cracking down. The uncertainty -- and mistrust -- of both sides finds an outlet in the editorial pages of the local press. As Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali writes in Pakistan's Dawn , the "mega question that now looms large is: where is all this leading to? Will it be war or does peace have a chance?" He lays blame for the escalating tensions squarely at India's door, arguing that...

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