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WIMN at the NCMR: Book signing and media literacy workshop

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

April 9th, 2011

I’m representing Women In Media & News (WIMN) at two events today at the National Conference on Media Reform (NCMR11), and I hope to see many of you at one or both:

BOOK SIGNING:
Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV on Saturday, 10:30-11am, in the main exhibition hall. As a sneak peek, I’m giddily happy to present to you a few photos of the book on the table right next to books by Noam Chomsky, FAIR’s Jeff Cohen, and Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. And very close by, books by GRITtv’s Laura Flanders (also a WIMN’s Voices blogger), as well as friends of WIMN, Jean Kilbourne, Jaclyn Friedman, John Nichols, and others. Couldn’t be more pleased with the company my book is keeping.

Photos on Flickr - will embed here when I have a better wifi signal; check back later!

LITERACY WORKSHOP:
From 2:00-3:30, I’m co-facilitating with Chica Luna and Sister Outsider cofounder Sofia Quintero, titled, “Keeping It Unreal: Decoding Gender, Race and Reality TV–A Media Literacy Workshop.

Session Description:
Weepy, white Cinderella-wannabes in network-assembled harems compete to marry horny, emotionally abusive “Prince Charmings” on dating shows such as ABC’s The Bachelor, FOX’s Joe Millionaire and NBC’s For Love or Money. On cable series such as VH1’s Flavor of Love, scantily-clad women of color are depicted as real-life vixens, providing lap dances, sexual favors and maid services to “win” dates with black bachelors cast as modern-day minstrels, thugs or buffoons.

Why is reality television built on such blatant gender and racial stereotypes? Why are women and people of color represented so harmfully, with so much bias, in popular culture? Is it true that networks are simply “giving people what they want,” or is reality TV really the result of media consolidation, media economics and stealth advertising?

Learn how to decode sexism and racism in reality television—and in broader media—during this interactive media literacy workshop. With wit, multimedia case studies and group games, this workshop offers tools that participants can use to debunk media bias; become active, critical media consumers; and educate their friends, kids, colleagues and community.

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