Media and Popular Culture: A Catch-22
May 21, 2009 posted by admin
Mass media is the heart of many current debates; however, the nature of the media remains double-edged. On a positive side, blogging and other forms of on-line communication have become key aspects of today’s feminist outreach. On line gender related activism and strive for change challenge and supplement the mainstream media. For example, check out this post from Racialicious (fyi, the editor of this fantastic blog is one of our panelists):
“Early Friday morning in Tehran, 23-year-old Delara Darabi was executed in the Rasht prison in Iran for a crime that happened when she was 17. Human rights groups had 0been protesting and trying to save her from execution for months, since it is a violation of international law to execute anyone for a crime that occurred when they were a minor. Despite the protests, Iranian authorities executed her on Friday with no notice.
What is perhaps the saddest part of her story, however, is that the mainstream, traditional news media did not report the story at all. “
On the other hand, we continue to struggle with sexist media and Hollywood that promote old-school gender stereotypes. For instance, how does the rise of “chick flicks” and “chick lit” reflect these conflicting trends? In just three short weeks, experts from the field of media and popular culture will discuss ways to create gender-inclusive mass media at NCRW’s Annual Conference. How can we harness the power of new media tools while uniting across generations? These experts are: Anne Zill, Center for Ethics in Action, University of New England; Laura Plybon, Girls Inc.; Glennda Testone, Women’s Media Center ; and Latoya Peterson, Racialicious. For more information on the conference and how to register click here. Interested in leaving a footprint on the feminist discussion about pop-culture?
Submit your questions and comments here in the comments section. Your posted comments and questions will be addressed during the panel. See you in June!