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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 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...
  • WhiteOut: Whitewashing In Hollywood

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  • Advertisers Cash In On Children

    By Jaime Fontaine and Gracie Ingraham, Worcester State University With recent advances in the digital age, marketers have redirected their focus towards children. Children have become accustomed to defining the fast paced generation, immune to the vast media content they are constantly subjected to. Because advertisements foster dissatisfaction as a means toward...
  • Is Tesla Being Held to an Unfair Standard?

    Written by Connor Frechette-McCcCall Since its creation in 2003 by Silicon Valley visionary Elon Musk, the electric car manufacturer Tesla has effectively changed the course of automotive history. It was the first company to produce a cost effective and practical electric vehicle. It created the world’s first Gigafactory that...