Tag: Media

Who Owns the Media?

Everybody knows about “the media”. Everybody talks about “the media”. However, how many people know who actually owns the media? In 1983, there were 50 companies, which owned approximately 90% of the American media. However, the media landscape has changed dramatically in the last thirty years due to globalization, commercialization, and large-scale consolidation. Currently, there …

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A Culture of Violent Masculinity: Part Three

“..Contemporary sports entertainment which treats ‘professional wrestling’ as an action/adventure soap opera. With the sexuality of ‘90210,’ the subject matter of ‘NYPD Blue,’ the athleticism of the Olympics, combined with reality-based story lines, the WWF presents a hybrid of almost all forms of entertainment and sports combined in one show.” -Vince McMahon, head of the …

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Olympic Coverage: Are These Really the “Games of the Girls”?

The media has self proclaimed these London Games to be the “Games of the Girls”. For the first time in Olympic history, all 204 countries were represented by both male and female athletes. With the addition of boxing, women were finally able to compete in all Olympic events. In the United States, in particular, female …

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Olympic Coverage: Let’s Talk About Those Uniforms

Let’s talk about style. Don’t get too excited – I know absolutely nothing about high end designers or the latest runway fashions. However, something that I do know about are uniforms. Let’s talk about some athletic uniforms. I never realized the role that uniforms played in sports until I started playing lacrosse my freshman year …

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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: ESPN Body Issue

The Good: First, the good news. The good news is that the 2012 ESPN Body Issue has officially hit newsstands. Just kidding, that’s not the real good news. The real good news is that we can officially call the ESPN’s 4th Annual Body Issue “a step in the right direction”. While the outright nudity in the …

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A Culture of Violent Masculinity: Part One

Take a close look at the following numbers: 85% of murders. 90% of violent, physical assaults. 95% of domestic violence. 95% of dating violence. 95% of child sexual abuse cases. 99.8% of those in prison convicted for rape. What do all of these statistics have in common? They’re all committed by men. For too long, …

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The Positives of a Little Negative Stigma

What the Anti-Smoking Campaign Got Right If there’s one thing that the United States has gotten right, it’s smoking. Or the lack of smoking, to be more exact. I first realized this while studying abroad in Italy last semester. While I was in Italy, I was shocked by the amount of people who smoked, and …

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What About the Boys?

It’s not just the girls. Boys also are influenced by the images they see in the media. When you look at the numbers, it’s clear that girls’ body image in the United States is in grave danger. 42% of first, second, and third grade girls want to lose weight.  More than 50% of ten-year-old girls …

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The Commercialization of American Schools

The reality is that many schools have money problems. Big money problems. Across the country there are major budget cuts and layoffs. Financial issues have been the main topic of conversation in schools for years. A recent solution that many schools have adopted is to allow companies advertising rights within the school, in exchange for …

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The Sahel Crisis: Social Media vs. News Media in a Refugee Crisis

Have you seen much news media coverage about the crisis in the Sahel? I haven’t. Not much at all, actually. The first I heard of the Sahel food and refugee crisis ravaging Africa’s Sahel region was in a tweet. There has actually been a lot of social media coverage on what’s happening thanks to an …

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