Over the last few months, I've been talking with many journalists whom I respect about the difficulty of getting certain stories-- particularly those involving complex portrayals of young people-- into the mainstream media.
Consequently, some of us recently formed an organization called The Youth Group-- a collective of similarly concerned writers and filmmakers who cover these issues. Some of the authors amongst us will be appearing at Housing Works Used Book Cafe (a wonderful, elegant space which supports one of New York's most innovative and brave activist charities) this Thursday, March 29 at 7pm. The event is sponsored by the Center for Communication.
Alissa Quart, author of Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child and Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers
Abby Ellin, author, Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In on Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help
Dave Marcus, author, What it Takes to Pull Me Through: Why Teenagers Get Into Trouble and How Four of Them Got Out
Lauren Sandler, author, Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement
Catherine Orenstein, culture critic; author, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked (moderator)
and me, Maia Szalavitz, author, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids and co-author, The Boy Who Was Raised as A Dog and Other Stories from A Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Love, Loss and Healing
We're going to talk about the difficulties of telling truthful stories about youth in a world that wants to see them either as over-achieving super-kids or dangerous, violent losers and uses either a pious parental perspective or a leering sneer in media coverage. The event is free and we'd be delighted to have HuffPo participants in New York join us.
Note: More soon about developments in the chronic pain story regarding the re-trial of Dr. William Hurwitz. Those interested in drug war distortion debunking (and Columbia's "Center for the Abuse of Statistical Analysis"' insane report on college drinking and other drug use) may want to read these two stories we've posted recently on stats.