Award for Teaching Excellence

The Newhouse 2017 Graduating Seniors bestowed upon me the title of Teacher of the Year! I got a giant bouquet y’all!! I felt like Rita Moreno wining the Oscar for West Side Story in 1962. Check out pictures and video below…

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Learning and Laughing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as Educational Entertainment

My Capstone student, Patty Terhune, a TRF major at Newhouse knocked it out the park this week with a great analysis, a hilarious presentation, and award for Best Capstone Project in the professional programs category for 2017. SO PROUD!!

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F8: Why I love the Fast and Furious Franchise

I throughly enjoyed The Fate of the Furious. Although it was not my favorite (Fast Five) or my least favorite (Furious Seven), it was fun and the references to earlier movies were just right. I went with a GF of mine who hadn’t seen 2-8 and she enjoyed it. So win-win. The movie opens with a car chase through the streets of Havana. They know what their audience wants. And they give it to us every time.

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16th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media: Donny Jackson

Check out pictures, tweets, and video at Storify. Clips coming soon!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Donny Jackson, Ph.D. and Kamau Bell for their first Emmy for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program!


Donny Jackson, executive producer and show runner for CNN’s “United Shades of America with Kamau Bell,” will visit the Newhouse School on MONDAY April 3 for the 16th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media. Assistant professor of communications Charisse L’Pree will moderate a discussionabout the intersection of entertainment, journalism, social justice, and public discourse with Jackson at 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3. Follow on Twitter at #JournalismMatters.

As a clinical psychologist with a specialty in conflict resolution, Jackson brings unique perspectives and skills to producing unscripted television. In a media environment where conflict appears invaluable, he uses media to deepen the conversation and resolve conflicts.

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WTF is Real Fake News?: The Mashup of Reality and Satire

We lack a shared reality thereby making it impossible to ridicule the absurdity of reality.

Although the “golden age” of satire may differ for different people (research for golden age of satire focuses on mid 18th century texts), some have argued that the Trump presidency will usher in a golden age of satire due to his over-the-top persona and absurd approach to politics. Given this reality, satirical outlets must step up their game to one-up (or trump) the absurdity of reality. In fact, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have sworn off parodying Trump “because satire has become reality.”

South Park’s Creators Have Given Up on Satirizing Donald Trump (The Atlantic)

We are clearly in a unique satirical age, although I don’t believe that this is because of Trump, rather Trump and our current satirical environment are both outcomes of a flood of information, one of which we are often ill-prepared to make sense of, and one where  “truthiness” (2005) is the ultimate evidence; things that make us feel good and think less are clearly “right.”


This emotional response is not a new phenomenon (it is the combination of human psychology, the digital and social media environment, and our seemingly pervasive reliance on media for entertainment, information, and habitual use), it still results in a satirical environment that seems to “transcend, fracture, subvert, circumvent, interrogate and disrupt, hijack and appropriate modernity and postmodernity.” In short, we are in a metamodern satirical age.

As someone who was raised on Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Frank Zappa, and SNL, written a Love Letter for Jon Stewart, and taught a course on satire and diversity at Syracuse University, I have observed 5 major trends in the current overlap between satire (i.e., the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues) and reality (i.e., the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them) that, IMO, do not bode well for us as a collective community.

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Mary Tyler Moore: The Exemplary Disruption of the Single City Girl now available at

This weekend, I met Jay Sandrich, director/producer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Cosby Show, A Different World, SOAP, Benson, Empty Nest, It Takes Two, The Tony Randall Show, Golden Girls, and more. He liked my essay, but thought it was a little “too intelligent.”


In 2004, I moved to Los Angeles at 22. Fresh from undergrad and newly thin, I imagined that men would be knocking down my door and my life would be filled with dinner and dancing. I had no idea where this expectation came from, but I was excited for my life in the big city. I would be a Single City Girl. In 2016, I taught a 5-week course investigating the role of the Single City Girl in mediated representations of gender, class, and race. Entitled #singlecitygirl and only featuring a generic description, the class was filled almost immediately. Comprised of almost all women, many of the students expressed their excitement over the term “Single City Girl” and had their own definitions and exemplars. For these young women, being a Single City Girl meant being independent and embracing life to its fullest. The Single City Girl archetype had come to define their expectations of life, even if they did not know from where it came.

The longer version of the paper is available here: The Archetype of the Single City Girl (Ongoing)

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