This critically-acclaimed documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites work in combination with Israeli public relations strategists to exercise a powerful influence over news coverage of the Middle East conflict. Combining American and British TV news clips with the insights of analysts, journalists, and political activists, Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land provides an historical overview, a devastating...
This powerful video scrutinizes what Juliet Schor calls "the new consumerism" - a national phenomenon of upscale spending shaped and reinforced by a media system driven by commercial interests. Illustrated with hundreds of media examples, The Overspent American draws attention to the costs (both financial and social) of the relentless search for happiness and identity through spending.
This compilation features stand-alone interviews with some of the most prominent scholars and activists on the subject of mainstream media's coverage of the "war on terrorism." The format is designed to allow educators to bring the voices of these cultural analysts directly into their classrooms. Featuring interviews with Noam Chomsky, Kevin Danaher, Robert Jensen, Naomi Klein, Manning Marable, and 18 others.
This video examines the controversial case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist on death row in connection with the fatal shooting of a Philadelphia police officer. It provides a careful analysis of an influential ABC 20/20 report as an important case study for students of journalism and communication. Framing an Execution raises serious questions about balance, fairness, and accuracy in media.
Naomi Klein, acclaimed journalist and author of the best-selling book No Logo, examines the rise of international branding and the grassroots anti-corporate campaigns it has inspired. She asks viewers to consider the costs of globalization, including the disappearance of public space, consumer choice, and stable, meaningful work.
With refreshing candor, Spin the Bottle examines how cultural messages about alcohol affect the lives of young people. Media critics Jackson Katz and Jean Kilbourne decode the glamorized stories media tell about drinking, while college students speak with poignant honesty about their own experiences with alcohol and its alluring public image. Sure to spark important conversation about the complex relationship between alcohol use, media influence,...
Exposing the invisible - but all-pervasive - public relations industry, Toxic Sludge Is Good for You helps viewers understand the tools PR professionals use to shape public opinion. Naomi Klein, acclaimed journalist and author of the best-selling book No Logo, examines the rise of international branding and the grassroots anti-corporate campaigns it has inspired. She asks viewers to consider the costs of globalization, including the disappearance...
Political theorist Justin Lewis examines how polling data presented in the media do not simply reflect what Americans think, but construct public opinion itself. Exploding the myth that most Americans are moderate or conservative, Constructing Public Opinion demonstrates how political elites help to promote militarism, and how mainstream media sustain an electoral system with a built-in bias against the interests of ordinary people.
Playing Unfair provides an in-depth critique of the sexism and homophobia that pervade media representations of female athletes. Sports media scholars Mary Jo Kane, Pat Griffin, and Michael Messner examine the disparity between the success of female athletes and sports journalism's often trivialized and (hetero)sexualized coverage of them.
Speak Up! challenges the discrimination, harassment, and violence that result from homophobia - breaking the silence surrounding issues of sexual identity, and inspiring students to speak up against injustice and change the climate of their schools.
Robert McChesney, author of the award-winning book of the same title, examines the impact of media consolidation on journalism and democracy. He argues that far from delivering on the promise of more choice and greater diversity, consolidation has undermined competition, resulting in an increasingly homogenized media landscape and a news media system high on sensationalism and low on information.
Illustrating her compelling analysis with contemporary advertising examples, Jean Kilbourne argues that the alcohol and tobacco industries' marketing strategies are driven by a clear and deep understanding of the psychology of anxiety and addiction. In the name of education and health, Deadly Persuasion casts a critical eye on two industries whose products kill more than 450,000 Americans each year.
Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representation from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows. This documentary breaks important new ground in exploring wasy in which race, gender, and sexuality intersect with class, offering a complex reading of television's often one-dimensional representations. Featuring...