There has been a lot of conversation recently regarding coming to terms with content that you once loved, but with greater experience and vision, you may now look upon with less fondness. As someone who teaches a college class on race and gender, I invite my students to explore their favorite content more closely. One student once said, “You’re gonna make me hate all the things I love.”
This experience has become common in the era of the #metoo movement; suddenly (or not so suddenly), artists that have been mainstays of audience’s beloved content are now being held accountable for their terrible behavior off stage, thus tainting their creative work (I was particularly affected by Uma Thurman’s experiences with Quentin Tarantino described in The New York Times). At the same time, voices that were once literally marginalized are being amplified, thus drawing attention to problematic content (e.g., Molly Ringwald revisiting the films of John Hughes in The New Yorker, The Problem with Apu by Hari Kondubolu).
I will be interviewing Jonathan Jackson, Co-Founder & Head of Corporate Brand of BLAVITY. We’ll talk about changing identity in a digital sphere, marketing to millennials, and intersectional Blackness in the Halmi Screening Room (Newhouse 3, Room 141) at 7:30PM.
Check out Tweets via Storify, a summary via The Newshouse, pictures below, and stay tuned for clips!
On Tuesday, I had the awesome honor and privilege to chat with Joy Reid, MSNBC correspondent and host of AMJoy, about her definitions of diversity, and the experience of teaching diversity and inclusion classes to the next generation of media producers through Newhouse.
Media literacy “is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms” (Center for Media Literacy), and is a core tenet at the Newhouse School. However, for those that teach media, especially at a professional school whose graduates go on to produce media, the working definition of media literacy and its deployment in the classroom is a much more complicated and nuanced endeavor. For Media Literacy Week, sponsored by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), I asked several of my colleagues…
What does media literacy mean to you and how do you bring it into the classroom?