Literary Nonfiction. Marketing is blamed on everything from childhood obesity to youth violence. CANDY FROM STRANGERS goes behind the headlines to offer an unbiased and in-depth look at the relationship between children and mass media. Refusing to offer easy answers, Stephen Dale raises the rarely voiced concern that our hand-wringing about media and its effect on kids may distract us from the truly important issues facing future generations.
Born in Hamilton in 1958, Stephen Dale was staff writer at NOW magazine in the 1980's, and in the 1990's made documentaries for CBC Radio's Ideas program and worked as a Canadian correspondent for Inter-Press Service, a third world news agency. Recently, he was a columnist for Treehouse Canadian Farily magazine. His articles have appeared in publications such as the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, This Magazine, New York Newsday, The Washington Post, Canadian Forum, and Toronto Life.