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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).
  • Is PG-13 the new R? Exposing the MPAA’s Conflicts of Interest

      By Connor Frechette-McCall In the past decade, there has been an undisputed change in the culture regarding how adult topics and themes are portrayed in the mass media. In the realm of films, arguably the most successful and profitable form of mass media, each generation has seen an...
  • The NFL: How the Hegemonic Elite are Ruining the Greatest Sport on Earth

    By Paul Todaro There is no doubt that the National Football League (NFL) represents one of the largest and most profitable, capitalistic, and hierarchical sports conglomerates in the 21st century. Upon hiring NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in 2006, the league’s total revenue that year was approximately $6 billion. Almost...
  • The Battle of the Sexes in Game of Thrones’ Westeros

    By Derek Wood The cult TV show Game of Thrones is critically acclaimed for its use of bold storytelling and character development, but not all things are created equal in George RR Martin’s fantasy world. As an adaption of Martin’s original books, this hit show gained its audience after...
  • The Hegemonic and Patriarchal Order of The Office: Exposing Racism and Sexism on NBC’s Hit Show

    By Shayla Schoeneberger Today we live in a society of mass media consumption in which “nearly all of American homes have at least one television, and the average American home has more televisions than people – 3.3 televisions and fewer than 3 people per household, and at least one of...
  • 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...