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Julie Frechette, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. She is the co-editor of the book Media Education for a Digital Generation, as well as the book, Developing Media Literacy in Cyberspace. She serves as co-president of the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME).
  • The Marginalization & Exploitation of Women in the Sports Media Industry

    Written by Tim Pritchard Women have always played an important role in the world of sports. Some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen have been women. From Billie Jean King to Mia Hamm, the contributions women have made to the sports industry are undeniable. However, it...
  • The Bachelor/ette: Selling hegemonic ideals through the Disney fairy tale

    Written by Kristen Rando Media are “society’s central storytellers,” and have become an influential institution in American culture and society (Campbell, Fabos, Frechette, Gomery & Jensen, 2014, p. 17). Their influence derives from the fact that media “provide us with representations — narratives that represent us as individuals, as...
  • Blaxploitation in American Media

    Written by William Camacho The prevalence of racist depictions in corporate media continues to influence Americans in subtle ways. Although minstrelsy was the start of misrepresenting African Americans in entertainment, it is important to understand how racist character types are perpetuated in contemporary media. One of the most applicable...
  • Materialism, Misogyny, and Masculinity in Hip Hop and Rap

    Written by McKenzie Gaudette Gender bias in the corporate music industry remains a prevalent issue affecting female artists and audiences alike through sexualized images, degrading lyricism, and stereotypical normative behaviors. Since rap and hip hop genres are predominately male oriented in terms of the ratio of male to female...
  • The Disenfranchisement of Female Superheroes in Modern Movies

    Written by Paul Fontaine Despite being tailored to a younger audience, comic books (or graphic novels, as they are referred to nowadays) are very much part of the corporate entertainment media. From its beginning, comic book producers were mostly adult white men who drew and wrote stories for young...
  • Re(MEME)bering the 2016 Presidential Election

    Written by Mia Koutoulas and Daniell Jaillet Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, political cartoons have served as illustrations or comic strips that contain a political message that usually relates to current events or personalities. Additionally, the high rates of illiteracy amongst the public were estimated to have been...
  • Victoria’s Real Secret to Its “Perfect Body” Campaign

    Written by Kaitlyn Ramsey, Worcester State University More than any other socio-cultural force, corporate media define one’s body image, which is the idea of what one’s body is or should be like. In fact, “the American ideal of beauty has become so pervasive that 50% of three- to -six...
  • Civil Rights Are “Blowin’ in the Wind:” Bob Dylan’s Songs Highlight Why Black Lives Matter

    Written by Jennifer Michaud, Worcester State University Bob Dylan recently accepted the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize of Literature in honor of his inspirational protest songs that have cultivated American culture. Dylan, though a white male, has made noteworthy political statements for civil rights dating back to the early 1960s. Fifty years...
  • Assessing Representations of Diversity through DC Comics Superheroes

    By Nicholas Ray, Worcester State University Ever notice how the majority of superheroes in DC Comics are white, heterosexual, hyper-violent American males? According to Julianna Aucoin, author of The Superhero Diversity Problem, “aside from their popularity, superhero movies enforce cultural and moral norms. When Superman explains to Lois Lane...