Journalism and Media Studies












General and Misc. works about Journalism and Mass Communications
Broadcast Journalism / TV and Society
Gender and Media
Radio
Journalism/Media Abroad
Media Globalization and Consolidation
Media Censorship / Intellectual Freedom / Freedom of the Press
Digital Media/Communications, New Media and Social Networks
Documentaries about commercial advertising and advertisement
Documentaries about political advertising and advertisement

Television and Radio Programs and Television Commercials
Newsreels
US Politics & Government (includes listing of political ads and spots)
News coverage of September 11, 2001
Women's Studies (for works about gender representation in the media)
Images of Journalism and the Media in the Movies

Radio News (text and audio clips) (from Radio Days web site)

General and Misc. works about Journalism and Mass Communications

America's Least Wanted
Criminologists, media critics and other experts discuss the forces behind crime hysteria in the United States, why American prisons don't work, the economic costs of crime and the large social and economic impact of white collar crime. c1997. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 26 min. Video/C 5821

Amos and Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy
Takes a fond look at the controversial radio and television show and attempts to determine if the series was a positive first step for Blacks into the world of entertainment or not and examines the events that led to the show's expulsion from the airwaves in 1966 after complaints from civil rights activists. Highlighted with rare clips of radio show creators Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, and hilarious clips from the Amos n' Andy TV series. Commentary by Alvin Childress, Ernestine Wade, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Redd Foxx, Marla Gibbs, and Henry Lee Moon. 1983. 60 min. Video/C MM1157

And Nothing But the Truth
Discussion of document and fiction in filmmaking. How does fiction affect our perception of reality and understanding of truth? And how much of a so-called documentary is really document? These blurry lines are explored in a variety of documentary, fiction and hybrid films while filmmakers are questioned about their chosen tactics. 1996. 52 min. Video/C MM403

Becoming Barbie.
This documentary provides a compelling look at body imageissues and the role the media plays in promoting certain ideals for women. It examines eating disorders that have become commonplace in society and looks at the influence of the Barbie doll on young girls. Powerful media images, in particular in the fashion and advertising industry, serve as a backdrop for insights into the virtually impossible and highly dangerous physical goals that so many women strive to achieve. It also explores the new world of modelling in which models in video, film and photographs are sculpted by computer technology presenting images to emulate that are not even totally human. Includes interviews with teenagers and professionals working with eating disorder patients. Dist.: Moving Image Distribution. 1993. 47 min. Video/C 4544

bell hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation.
Bell Hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative powers of cultural criticism. She demonstrates how learning to think critically was central to her own self-transformation and how it can play a role in students' quest for a sense of agency and identity. Includes footage from many films and music videos, and news coverage. c1997.61 min. Video/C 4970

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Ben Bagdikian Reads San Francisco Bay Area Dailies
Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. Video/C 2576

Berkeley Writers at Work: Orville Schell, Fall 2000
A brief lecture by professor and author Orville Schell followed by an interview in which he discusses his writing process. 80 min. Video/C 7882

Biography of a Biography: Writing the Life of William Randolph Hearst
David Nasaw, author and professor at City University of New York, lectures on the noted California newspaperman and national political figure, William Randolph Hearst. Concludes with questions from the audience. A lecture presented in Dwinelle Hall, University of California Berkeley for the Friends of The Bancroft Library, April 7, 2001. 61 min. Video/C 7916

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords.
"Too long have others spoken for us". A History of African-American newspapers and journalism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. With commentary by historians, newspaper cartoonists, journalists, and photojournalists, tells of the struggles against censorship, discrimination and for freedom of the press. Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson.1998. 86 min. DVD X5463; Video/C 5445

Awards
International Documentary Association
San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Spire
Sundance Film Festival - Freedom of Expression Award

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Blast 'Em
In the spirit of People magazine and Entertainment Tonight, an entertaining documentary about the frenzied competition among paparazzi for celebrity photos. The film focuses on Victor Malafronte, a young photographer who aggressively pursues his celebrity prey. 1992. 103 min. Video/C 5393

The Business of Newspapers (1978)
Correspondent Hughes Rudd examines the past, present, and future of the newspaper business. Discusses problems such as newspapers' editorial politics and news coverage being dictated by economic consideration, cities that have only one newspaper, and papers that are bought by special interest groups. 43 min. DVD 9604 [Preservation copy]; Video/C 239

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
The story of the life and death of author Hunter S. Thompson, an American master whose gonzo reportage defined an era, while his depraved appetites forged a legend. Features interviews with Thompson, his childhood friends, his wife and those who worked with him. Includes footage from the biographical films "Where the Buffalo Roam" and "ear and Lothing in Las Vegas." Directed by Tom Thurman.2007. 77 min. DVD 8631

Buying Into Sexy
A report on how marketers, especially in the clothing industry, are selling a grown-up, sexy image to pre-teen girls. This program follows the daily lives of tween girls, recording their perceptions of fashion, celebrities, boys and themselves. Interviews with both concerned and clueless parents are included, as well as a glimpse into corporate decision making that impacts tween culture. Conversations with Candie's CEO and a hard look at MuchMusic programming practices enhance this social analysis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2007. 26 min. DVD 8870

Civil Rights Movement: Primary Sources.
Dist.: Films Media Group.

Clinton and the Law. Clinton High was the first school in Tennessee to desegregate -- an experience that led to chaos and violence. This program reports on the town's efforts in 1957 to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's mandate in the face of coercive opposition. Footage of the Rev. Paul Turner preaching brotherhood and John Kasper expounding in his rhetoric of intolerance creates a vivid portrait of the times. Other individuals add their views, rounding out the picture of a community's successful struggle to reestablish law and order. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on January 6, 1957 on See It Now. 55 min. Video/C 7362

Mississippi and the 15th Amendment. A college student, a schoolteacher and a fellow of the National Science Foundation were all three ruled illiterate by the local circuit clerk and ineligible to vote. Filmed in 1962, this program reveals the double standards and the dangers faced by African-Americans registering to vote in Mississippi. Interviews with local officials, segregationists, lawyers, clergy and citizens on both sides of the color line expose what amounted to a tacit conspiracy to deprive certain people of their constitutional right to stand up and be counted. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on September 26, 1962 on CBS Reports. 57 min. Video/C 7363

The Color Line on Campus. For most U.S. colleges today, racial diversity is a goal -- but almost nine years after the Brown decision, it was quite another story. This 1963 program features interviews with James Meredith and other African-American students who broke ground and tradition at universities in the South. Faced with attitudes ranging from passive tolerance to violent rejection, each had achieved enrollment, but not acceptance. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on January 25, 1963 on CBS Eyewitness News. 30 min. Video/C 7364

After Ten Years: The Court and the Schools The 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling made it clear that segregation would not be tolerated and that states must comply with federal law. In this program, filmed ten years after Brown, news correspondents report on the mixed progress made toward integrating public schools in Nashville, New Rochelle, New Orleans and Prince Edward County, Virginia. Stumbling blocks such as faculty segregation, busing and segregational zoning are examined. A discussion featuring Attorney Gen. Robert Kennedy, Gov. of Georgia Carl Sanders and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP concludes the program. Reporters: Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, Martin Agronsky, Charles Kuralt, Harry Reasoner.+ Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on May 13, 1964. 58 min. Video/C 7365

Segregation -- Northern Style In many places above the Mason-Dixon Line, a subtle form of bigotry was at work during the early 1960s, resisting the efforts of Afro-Americans to buy homes in historically white neighborhoods. In this 1964 program, Mike Wallace reveals the fallacies, attitudes and weak legislation that contributed to de facto segregation in the North by tracking the unsuccessful compaign of a middle-class black family to buy in upscale New Jersey. The positive contributions of fair housing and civil rights groups are also presented. Reporter: Mike Wallace. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network in 1964. 58 min. Video/C 7366

Black Power -- White Backlash When the radical wing of the civil rights movement began equating redress with rebellion rather than nonviolent protest, "Black power" became the rallying cry. In this program, filmed in 1966, Mike Wallace explores public sentiment during that turbulent period by assessing the attitudes, opinions and reactions on both sides of the color line. Interviews with major figures of the movement discussing black militancy, economic power, fair housing, nonviolence, and the tensions in Cicero, Illinois, the Selma of the North capture the fervor of 1966. Reporter: Mike Wallace. Originally aired on the CBS. 56 min. Video/C 7367

Constructing Public Opinion: How Politicians and the Media Misrepresent the Public
The media regularly use public opinion polls in their reporting of important news stories. But how exactly do they report them and to what end? In this interview, Professor Justin Lewis demonstrates the way in which polling data are themselves used by media to not just reflect what Americans think but instead to construct public opinion itself. Addressing issues such as the role the media play in "manufacturing consent" for political elites, what polls really tell us about public opinion, and what Americans actually think about politics, the program provides a new way to think about the relationship between politics, media and the public. 2001. 31 min. Video/C 8761

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Consequences of Confidential Sources: Jail?
Host: Orville Schell; Commentary, Judith Miller (NYT journalist), Lowell Bergman (UCB. prof. of Journalism) A discussion between New York Times reporter Judith Miller who is facing up to 18 months of jail time for "contempt of court" after refusing to reveal her sources and Lowell Bergmen, adjunct professor at the Graduate Schoool of Journalism, UCB. Bergman, a long time producer for the television news program CBS's 60 Minutes, is one of the founding members of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on March 17, 2005. 60 min. Video/C MM482

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A Conversation with Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag, the renowned writer and human rights activist, talks with Bill Moyers about her book Regarding the pain of others. They discuss how the images of war affect people's perception of reality, and other aspects of her life and career. Narrator, Bill Moyers. A segment from the PBS television series A world of ideas originally aired in 2003. Dist.: Films Media Group. 48 min. DVD 6602

Corporation with a Movie Camera
A compilation of old U.S. corporate promotional and advertising films dating from the 1920s designed to illustrate how perceptions of Third World Countries are shaped by the modern media. It interweaves excerpts from corporate sponsored films such as "Sumatra, Island of yesterday" (Goodyear Tire and and "Assignment Venezuela" (Creole Petroleum Corp.) with literary texts, poetry and dramatic segments to show how public relations media functions in the creation of culture mythology. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1992. 34 min. Video/C 6921

Covering the South. National Symposium on the Media and the Civil Rights Movement, April 3-5, 1987 / University of Mississippi. Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
Six panel discussions by print and television journalists who do an in-depth examination of how coverage by the news media influenced the Civil Rights Movement and the historical revolution it spawned. Many personal anecdotes are related by Caucasian and Afro-American journalists of their experiences covering the movement including becoming targets of threats and violence. Approximately 86 min. each.

Birth of the Movement, World War II through the 1950's. covers the early years of the movement including such events as the Montgomery bus boycott, the integration of Central High in Little Rock, James Meredith's enrollment at the University of Mississippi and the murder of Emmett Video/C 3760

The Mass Movement, 1960-64. Part I. This panel covers the events of 1960-1964 including lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Riders, the Birmingham riots, continuing civil unrest in Little Rock and Selma and James Meredith's continued matriculation at the University of Mississippi. Video/C 3761

The Mass Movement, 1960-64. Part II. Continues the coverage of events of 1960-1964 including commentary on the murder of Emmett Till, sit-ins, Freedom Riders, riots in Atlanta with particular commentary on the new young educated black leadership which emerged during the struggle typified by Martin Luther King Jr. Video/C 3762

The Political Movement, 1965-67. Covers the events of 1965-1967 including commentary on the Selma-Montgomery Freedom March, the impact of the signing of the National Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the ensuing Watts Riots which expanded the Civil Rights movement from the South to include all of America. Video/C 3763

The Bottom Line, the Decision Makers.97 min. Video/C 3764

Aftermath, 1968 to the Present.This panel examines the current issues of civil rights, what has changed and what has not changed; issues which have become much more complex in the ensuing 25 years. 113 min. Video/C 3765

Covering China
Bruce Dunning, China correspondent for CBS News, discusses the quality of TV news coverage of foreign affairs and the problems reporters face when covering news in China and presents his views on China's political climate and foreign policy. Interviewed by Harry Kreisler and Andrew Stern, director of the Broadcast Journalism Program, U.C. Berkeley. 55 min. NRLF B 3 969 263

C-SPAN: Adventures in Democracy.
2004. DVD 5135

C-SPAN and the Judiciary. Moderator, Nicholas Lemann ; panelists, Martin Garbus, Brad Meltzer. Evaluates the arguments for and against cameras in federal courts -- including the Supreme Court -- and imagines the impact that C-SPAN could have on the nation's judiciary process if it were allowed to adapt its legislative model to the judiciary system. Produced by the Museum of Television and Radio.

Radio: Preserving the Presidency. Moderator, Josh Mankiewicz ; panelists, Richard Reeves, Jack Valenti. In this seminar panelists focus on audio/visual materials of the Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan administrations that have been preserved and made accessible by C-SPAN and presidential libraries. They consider how this information adds to our knowledge of the Johnson and Reagan presidencies and what these tapes reveal about national security, foreign policy and the executive process.

C-SPAN and Congressional Hearings. Facilitator: Albert Eisele ; guest panalists: Bill Bradley, Alvin Felzenberg, John Fund, Peter Hart. C-SPAN opened the dialogue between the public and Congress by televising congressional hearings live. The recorded telecasts also serve as an accessible historical record of testimony, raising the bar on witness accountability. Here panelists discuss the influence of C-SPAN's televised coverage of United States congressional hearings on the nation's political consciousness.

Book-TV: Promoting Citizens' Literacy. Moderator, Neal Gabler ; panel, Joni, Evans, Martin Garbus, Todd Gitlin, Mitchell Kaplan, Sam Tanenhaus. Through the television program "Book-TV," aired each weekend on C-SPAN, the network has significantly fueled the literacy movement in this country, creating a greater interest in books on history, politics, and public affairs. This program examines Book-TV's impact on the democratic process -- how by creating a national forum for dialogue about books on these subjects, it has helped to develop an informed, engaged citizenry.

CultureJam: Hijacking Commercial Culture
Pranksters and subversive artists attempt to cause a bit of brand damage to corporate mindshare. "We follow three outlandish jammers: media tigress Carly Stasko, Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, and Jack Napier with the Billboard Liberation Front. Armed with the tools of their trade, these jammers hijack, subvert and reclaim corporate media space. 2001. 52 min. Video/C MM67

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Current Events.
Social commentary about the news media (depicting various human rights scenes) and how it permeates the lives of individuals and whether or not the populace at large responds to it in an appropriate way. 1989. Video/C 2011

Current Events, 1950's Style: 1951/1952.
Contains: Nixon's "Checkers" speech (9/23/52) -- See it now (12/23/51) -- See it now (2/24/52) -- See it now (6/29/52). In the "Checker's speech" Richard Nixon responds to accusations of receiving illegal campaign contributions. See It Now produced in the 50s by CBS, though not television's first public affairs program, was surely its most significant. Hosted by Edward R. Murrow, it was the first public affairs show to use its own film footage instead of newsreel; no interviews were rehearsed and it pioneered the use of field producers, who supervised the filming on location. Its first show on Nov. 18, 1951 marked the first commercial coast-to-coast television broadcast. c1985. 112 min. Video/C 7142

Current Events 1950s Style, II.
Contents: Plymouth news caravan (4/18/55) -- Plymouth news caravan (4/20/55) -- You can change the world (1952) -- The White House Story (1961). A compilation of television news programs from the 1950s and 1960s. Includes two episodes of Plymouth news caravan, an early television news program produced by NBC with host John Cameron Swayze. You can change the world is a promotional program for the Christophers, a movement that tried to recruit good people into jobs important to society such as education. Jack Benny and other Hollywood stars show their support for the movement. The final program is a tour of the newly renovated White House hosted by Mrs. John F. Kennedy. She discusses the historical elements of the building and furnishings. c1985. 113 min. Video/C 7143

Dan Rather: Is the Media Failing in America?
A San Francisco Chronicle Herb Caen Lecture featuring Dan Rather, who was anchor and managing editor for the CBS Evening News for 24 years, and now serves as a correspondent for 60 Minutes and hosts and produces long form programming examining major global topics and events for the Discovery Channel, will be in conversation with Orville Schelll, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. Often referred to as "the hardest working man in broadcast journalism," Rather lives up to the description. His recently published seventh book, The American Dream, chronicles the stories of a wide cross-section of Americans, describing how they achieved their versions of the American dream. April 25, 2006, Auditorium Wheeler, UC Berkeley.

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Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press
This documentary profiles journalists in the U.S., Russia, Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and the Middle East as they struggle with government censorship, commercial pressures, and dangerous conditions in covering international events. Presents a comprehensive, worldwide look at journalists working in different media and various languages, as they attempt to speak truth to power. Directed by Calvin Skaggs. 2006. 114 min. DVD 6691

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Diana: Life Through a Lens
The most photographed woman in the world, Diana, Princess of Wales was a unique media phenomenon. But how was the phenomenon created and who created it? Princess, palace, media, or public? This revealing program gives an insight into the workings of the press corps that followed Diana wherever she went and how the public perception of Diana was formed. 2007, 48 min. DVD 9614

Dishonors Awards
An "Awards banquet" by leading American conservatives to recognize the most biased coverage by reporters of the 1990's, and to "honor" the decade's worst reporting. Includes awards for the wackiest analysis, for the impugning of the character of Clinton's adversaries, for media hatred of conservatives and other issues. As award winners were not present personally to accept their prizes, certain high-profile conservatives were called to the podium to accept for them. Contents: Award 1. How do I hate the gipper? Let me count the ways award / Ed Meese accepting for winner John Leonard -- Award 2. Politics of meaninglessness award / Lyn Nofziger accepting for winner Elaine Shannon -- Award 3. Presidential kneepad award for the best journalistic Lewinsky / John Fund accepting for winner Nina Burleigh -- Award 4. Corporal cueball Carville cadet award / Bob Tyrrell accepting for winner Evan Thomas -- Award 5. Damn every conservative we can think of to hell award / Ollie North accepting for winner Bryant Gumbel -- Award 6. I'm a compassionate liberal but I wish you were all dead award / Clarence Thomas accepting for winner Julianne Malveaux. Presented at the Monarch Hotel in Washington, D. C. on December 9, 1999. 89 min. Video/C 8164

Does the United States Have a Truly Free Press?: Or Is It as Obedient as Media Under Direct Government Control?
Panel: Mark Danner, Adam Hochschild, Jonathan Mirsky, Peter Molnar. One of an ongoing series held at the FSM cafe to generate critical discussion about contemporary social and political issues. Four panelists discuss definitions of freedom of the press and compare and contrast press freedom in China and Central Europe with that in America. Recorded May 3, 2002 at the Free Speech Movement Cafe, University of California, Berkeley. Sound/C 1525

End, Media at the Tipping Point
Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006.

The End of TV Puts the future of conventional television in question, as the increasing popularity of YouTube, video blogs, Internet-based newscasts, Slingbox, and made-for-mobile content offer viewing alternatives. Explores whether, or when, nontraditional video and citizen journalism will topple commercial television; and looks at how New Media is changing the way video is both created and consumed. 23 min. DVD 8864

The End of Print Multiple points of view are represented by blogosphere luminaries Cory Doctorow and David Pescovitz (Boing Boing), Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (Daily Kos), and Heather B. Armstrong (Dooce); representatives of The New York Times; Bob Stein, director of the Institute for the Future of the Book; intellectual property attorney Fred von Lohmann for the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Brewster Kahle, a digital librarian with the Open Content Alliance; and Internet icons Jimmy Wales and Craig Newmark. 23 min. DVD 8865

The End of Radio. Today's teens still listen to a lot of music, but it doesn't come from conventional radio. This program takes the pulse of an industry that seems to be on the verge of dying as the shortcomings of airwave radio are measured against internet radio, podcasting, satellite radio, and HD radio. 23 min. DVD 8866

Eric Sevareid's "Not So Wild a Dream": A Personal Memoir(The American Experience)
Covers the autobiographical experiences of Eric Sevareid from his days on the North Dakota prairie to the college peace movement days of the 1930s to his days as a journalist in Europe in the 1940s. c1988. 58 min. Video/C 1529
Everyone's Channel
Documentary film traces the development and uses of public access television in the United States. Directed by David Shulman. Dist.: Cinema Guild. c2008. 58 min. DVD X4873

Exposures of a Movement.
Profiles black photojournalists during the Civil Rights Movement in North and South Carolina. On the front lines, these black photographers took a lot of chances and suffered the same fire hoses and German Shepherds as everyone else. Performer: Alex Rivera, Cecil J. Williams, Count Jackson, James Peeler, George Shinhoster, Jack Claiborne, Thomas Battle, Andrew Young, David Goldfield, Charles Jones, Harvey Gantt, Todd Duncan, Diane Curtain, Thomas Johnson. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4633

The Eye of the Dictator.
Examines the use of film and particularly the weekly newsreel to inform, disinform, and persuade Germany during years of the Nazi regime. The program takes an in-depth look at the way Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, controlled the work of German film cameramen and how he manipulated their work to great effect both as propaganda and as art. c1995. 55 min. Video/C 6903

Eye on the Media: Business and the Press
A discussion of relations between television newsmen and business executives. Participants (television and print journalists, corporate and public relations executives, lawyers and government officials) address such issues as "checkbook journalism," media's use of consultants, concerns of big business that they may be subjected to journalists' "hatchet jobs," and whether business people should cooperate with the press. Excerpts from a nine-hour seminar recorded live in Princeton, New Jersey. Moderator, Charles Nesson ; participants, Dan Rather, Geraldo Rivera, Mike Wallace, and others. 1982. 48 min. Video/C MM561

Fear and Favor in the Newsroom.
Examines the need to protect freedom of the press and investigative journalism in the United States when newspapers and television stations are owned and influenced by large corporations hostile to media exposure. Examines case studies of investigative journalists who have been dismissed or forced to resign because of "too aggressive" journalistic practices and cases of censorship mandated by television and print media management.

"Fear & Favor in the Newsroom demonstrates how ownership of the press by a small corporate elite constricts the free flow of ideas and information on which our democracy depends. The testimony of some of the nation's most distinguished journalists - including four Pulitzer Prize winners - shatters the myth perpetrated by the media themselves that editorial decisions are made "without fear or favor." Internalizing the lessons of spiked stories, demotions and firings, journalists quickly learn to censor themselves rather than aggressively pursue stories which might conflict with the interests of their corporate employers. Fear & Favor in the Newsroom provokes important questions and discussions about ownership of the 'free press.'" 1996. 56 min. Video/C 4474

Feed.
A highly realistic look at political campaigning from an angle that makes many of the facts funny, while underscoring the seeming fawning reliance of American politics on television coverage. Highlights what politicians do while waiting to speak rather than the content of their speeches. 1992. 75 min. Video/C MM197

The First Amendment in a Digital Age [sound recording]
Originally presented on National Public Radio program Justice talking. Host, Margot Adler. Recorded at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., in 2005, this program examines the reasons for both safeguarding and limiting speech. 45 min. Sound/D 235

Free Speech for Sale: A Bill Moyer's Special.
This program examines the effect money has on free speech and political debate. In our society large corporations are increasingly able to drown out opposition by buying large amounts of air time, while their opponents are silenced by their lack of money. From North Carolina's hog industry to the defeat of the McCain Tobacco Bill to the passage of the Telecom Act of 1995, this program investigates the consequences for our democracy as media outlets are increasingly coming under control of only a few corporations. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 6369

Freedom of Expression: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property
This provocative and amusing documentary explores the legal and ethical battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and the Internet over control of our cultural commons. With special focus on a number of campaigns that have pushed back the assault by overzealous copyright holders, the film features commentary by leading copyright experts and activists. Based on Kembrew McLeod's book of the same title. Contents: Fair[y] use tale: Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this review of copyright principles by cutting together thousands of extremely short clips from dozens of Disney cartoons, lifting individual words and short phrases to spell out an articulate, funny, and thoroughly educational lesson on how copyright works. Introduction -- Free speech in the age of copyright -- Fencing the cultural commons -- The rise of the clearance culture -- Suppressing freedom of information -- Fighting back -- Special feature: "A Fair(y) Use Tale" (ca. 11 min.) Produced by Kembrew McLeod and Jeremy Smith.

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Gonzo, The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Traces the uncanny life of Dr. Hunter S. Thompsons, inventor of gonzo journalism and author of the landmark "Fear and loathing in Las Vegas." Follows his life from his travels with the Hell's Angels, through his various drug ingested episodes in politics and attempts to right the wrongs of society. Special features: Audio commentary with director Alex Gibney; Hunter stories; deleted interviews from Jimmy Carter, Jann Wenner, Gary Hart, Pat Buchanan and more; A fond farewell: audio recordings of Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Bill Murray; A final farewell: additional images from Hunter's funeral; Hunter S. Thompson photo gallery; Hunter S. Thompson tribute photo gallery; additional home movies and audio recordings; Ralph Steadman gallery; gun commercial; The arsenal: an inventory of Hunter's fire arms; manuscripts; memorabilia. 2008. 120 min. DVD X595

The Great Tradition of Photojournalism (La grande tradition du photo-reportage)
Henri Cartier-Bresson -- William Klein -- Raymond Depardon -- Mario Giacomelli -- Josef Koudelka -- Robert Doisneau -- Edouard Boubat -- Elliott Erwitt -- Marc Riboud -- Leonard Freed -- Helmut Newton -- Don McCullin. A collection of films examining twelve contemporary photographers--their work, their points-of-view, their secrets of creation. 2000. 156 min. DVD 4635

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Morgan Spurlock is biting the hand that feeds him by exposing Hollywood's dirtiest little secret; the games they play to get advertisers' products strategically placed in movies and on television. Spurlock, uses his irreverent comedic style to infiltrate corporate boardrooms and ad agency pitch meetings to show how far they will go without our even knowing it. Director, Morgan Spurlock. 2011. 87 min. DVD X6400

Grrlyshow
A documentary about girl-zines and the small magazines (known as zines) created primarily by young women and girls, who share a strong feminist perspective. Explores the culture of zines and this new generation of young women who are taking control of a corner of the media pie by self-publishing their own magazines. Directed by Kara Herold. c2001. 18 min. Video/C MM1183

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Hood News
Citizen reporters from Hood News investigate stories straight from the streets including on site coverage of crime scenes through interviews with eye witnesses, police responses, police brutality, immigration laws, users of medical marijuana, mothers grieving sons lost to gang violence, and other issues. Contents: Volume 1. Police terrorism -- Beginning -- Min. Tony beating -- Protest -- Daniel Freeman -- Broadway 92nd -- Og man -- Kornblum -- Public service announcement -- Avalon and Imperial -- 52nd Atlantic -- Leslie Brooks -- Bear murder (115 min) --. Volume 2. Freedom of the press -- Beginning -- Innocent man or gun man? -- Crenshaw -- Murdered by the Compton sherriff -- What's your story? -- Live to eat and learn -- Philly -- NBA stars -- Medical marijuana -- Claude Jones/Obama rally -- Celebrity game -- Hotel march -- Sisters pain -- Farrakhan prays with mothers. (118 min.) 2009. DVD X2263

Images in Media
The pictures in our heads that define who we are and help us neatly categorize others are increasingly shaped by newspaper, magazine, film, and TV images. To convey a message quickly, these images often rely on stereotypes and primal reflexes that can foster in an audience an inordinate fear of violence, racial and ethnic prejudices, diminished self-worth, and even eating disorders, as young women attempt to mimic the look of high-fashion models. This program is a behind-the-scenes look at the media's image-makers, from the first photographers to today's Madison Avenue wizards, and asks some disturbing questions about the self-selected few who hold a distorted mirror up to society. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 28 min. Video/C 7291

Independent Intervention: Breaking Silence
A documentary about the importance of independent media in times of war and corporate control of the media. It contrasts the mass media's coverage of the invasion of Iraq with non-embedded independent investigative reporting and shows the brutal realities of war. Through discussions with media experts, the film investigates important issues and systems that govern today's information flow and shows how these systems reveal themselves in times of political turmoil and war. Producer & director, Tonje Hessen Schei. 2005. 75 min. DVD 8304

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Introduction to the End of an Argument
Combining news soundbytes, movie clips and documentary footage shot in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the filmmakers critique Western-based representations of Arab culture. The artists cleverly mimic the Western media tableau in an exhilarating mix of fragmented stereotypes from mainstream movies to prime-time news. A film by Elia Suleiman and Jayce Salloum. 1994. 41 min. Video/C 3627

Fouad, Khater, Akram. "Introduction to the End of an Argument." The American Historical Review. Oct 1994. Vol. 99, Iss. 4; p. 1262 (3 pages) UC users only

Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times
Tells the story of the Los Angeles Times and the city’s most powerful family. For four generations, the Chandlers wielded unique influence through their newspaper. The film employs unprecedented access to the family and the Times’ archives which span the century that Harrison Gray Otis, Harry Chandler, Norman Chandler, and Otis Chandler stood at the helm of the newspaper and at the center of the city’s economic, social and cultural growth. A character-driven film, it traces the ruthless, ingenious and often self-serving methods by which four publishers used the newspaper to turn a tiny town into a world metropolis. c2009. ca. 117 min. DVD X2348

Awards
Peabody Award

Jean Claude Martineau on Images of Immigration: Haiti
Haitian poet and historian Jean Claude Martineau comments upon the problem of Haitian emigration to the United States and its coverage by the American media. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1993. 27 min. Video/C 3640

Joan Braderman Performing a Postsemiological Reading of the Mind-bending National Enquirer
Hampshire College professor and stand-up theorist Joan Braderman reads and analyzes an issue of the National Enquirer. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1983. 27 min. Video/C MM1217

Journalists Under Fire: Vietnam & Iraq
Symposium at UC Berkeley

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Last Images of War
Program is about four international photojournalists: Jim Linelof (USA), Andy Skrzypkowiak (United Kingdom), Naoko Nanjo (Japan), and Sasha Sekretaryov (USSR), who went to Afghanistan during the Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan (1979- ) and were killed while covering the war. The film explores the personal and professional motivations and ideals of the three men and woman journalists, intercut with footage to tell a larger story about the ongoing human tragedy of war. c1992. 64 min. Video/C MM887

Law of the Land
CBS legal affairs reporter Fred Graham discusses the complexities of national coverage of legal issues by the media. 1981. Video/C 665 NRLF #: B 3 969 340

Legacy of a Kidnapping: Lindbergh and the Triumph of the Tabloids
A Documentary tracing how today's tabloid journalism evolved from one of the landmark events of American mass communications -- the Lindbergh kidnapping case. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 7196

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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media.
Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist and radical philosopher, Noam Chomsky. Highlighting his analysis of media, Chomsky focuses on democratic societies where populations not disciplined by force are subject to more subtle forms of ideological control. A film by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick 1994. 167 min. DVD 2211; also VHS Video/C 3440

Herman, Edward S. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. New York: Pantheon Books, 1988. Main Stack P95.82.U6.H471 1988)

Antush, John C. "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media." (movie reviews) Monthly Review v45, n9 (Feb, 1994):47 (6 pages) UC users only
Bennett, James R. "Manufacturing Consent." Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 18, No. 6 (Nov., 1989), pp. 937-938UC users only
Darke, Chris. "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media." (movie reviews) Sight and Sound v3, n11 (Nov, 1993):45 (2 pages).
Jaehne, Karen. "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media." (movie reviews) Film Quarterly v47, n1 (Fall, 1993):36 (3 pages)UC users only
Klawans, Stuart. "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media." (movie reviews) Nation v256, n13 (April 5, 1993):461 (4 pages) UC users only
Mattick, Paul, Jr. "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media." (movie reviews) Cineaste v20, n1 (Wntr, 1993):42 (2 pages).UC users only
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McLibel: Two Worlds Collide
A documentary of two individuals who took on the McDonald's Corporation. Using interviews with witnesses and reconstructions of key moments in court, the film examines the main issues in the libel trial-- nutrition, animals, advertising, employment, the environment--and the implications for freedom of speech. In the process of this longest trial in English history, the defendants faced infiltration by spies, secret meetings with corporate executives, 40,,000 pages of background reading and a visit from Ronald McDonald.

"Banned in the UK. The film McDonald's does not want you to see! McDonald's spends $1.8 billion a year on advertising. At the same time it tries to suppress any other information about its operations reaching the public. This is the story of how one such attempt at censorship turned into a public relations disaster. McLibel is the dramatic and inspiring story of how two ordinary but principle people took on one of the world's most powerful global corporations. It is also a highly informative examination of the global food business, addressing issues such as the manipulation of children through glossy advertising, the promotion of an unhealthy diet, the exploitation of workers, the environmental damage caused by agribusiness, and the cruelty inflicted on animals in the production of commodities such as "Big Macs." You will never look at a hamburger in the same way again!" 1997. 53 min. Video/C 6607

McLuhan's Wake
Marshall McLuhan, one of the 20th century's most famous intellectuals realized the impact the digital age would have on our social, economic and ideological selves. Now, twenty years after his death, in the midst of an era of Internet, virtual and wired technologies, this documentary explores the enduring hold of his message through archival footage of McLuhan speaking and teaching, family photographs, original animation and digital effects. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. c2002. 94 min. DVD X2969; Video/C MM388

Martha Rosler Reads Vogue
As Rosler leafs through the Vogue Magazine, the ads and the feature articles become indistinguishable. Her axaggerated parody of television commercials for elegant products gradually shifts to direct criticism. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1982. 28 min. Video/C 2193

[McLuhan, Marshall] McLuhan On McLuhanism
Marshall McLuhan discusses his theories of mass communication and fields questions from a panel of university professors and film critics. Participants: Host: Eric Larrabee. Lecturer: Marshall McLuhan. Panel: Erik Barnouw, Robert K. Merton, Richard Schickel. A videocassette release of a 1966 segment of the television program Sunday Showcase. 1966. 89 min. Video/C 4693

[McLuhan, Marshall] The Video McLuhan
Written & narrated by Tom Wolfe. Contents: 1. McLuhan videos 1958-1964 (51 min.) -- 2. McLuhan videos 1965-1970 (40 min.) -- 3. McLuhan videos 1972-1979 (43 min.) -- 4. Ohio State Univ. panel 1958 (30 min.) -- 5. Florida St. Univ. lecture 1970 (55 min.) -- 6. York Univ. lecture 1979 (31 min.).

Performers: Gilbert Seldes, Frank Kermode, Tom Snyder, Malcolm Muggeridge, Norman Mailer, Robert Fulford, Tom Brokaw, David Frost, Woody Allen.

Presents the most complete video record of communications theorist Marshall McLuhan. Using video footage from the 1940's to the late 1970's, this program traces the development of McLuhan's thinking and takes the viewer through McLuhan's rise to prominence on the world stage. McLuhan discusses and argues his themes in the classroom, on the lecture circuit, on TV talk shows and newsmagazine programs. 6 videocassettes (250 min.) Video/C 4503

[McLuhan, Marshall] McLuhan's Wake
Marshall McLuhan, one of the 20th century's most famous intellectuals realized the impact the digital age would have on our social, economic and ideological selves. Now, twenty years after his death, in the midst of an era of Internet, virtual and wired technologies, this documentary explores the enduring hold of his message through archival footage of McLuhan speaking and teaching, family photographs, original animation and digital effects. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. c2002. 94 min. DVD X2969; Video/C MM388

The Mean World Syndrome
For years, debates have raged among scholars, politicians, and concerned parents about the effects of media violence on viewers. Too often these debates have descended into simplistic battles between those who claim that media messages directly cause violence and those who argue that activists exaggerate the impact of media exposure altogether. Based on the groundbreaking work of media scholar George Gerbner, urges us to think about media effects in more nuanced ways. Ranging from Hollywood movies and prime-time dramas to reality programming and the local news, the film examines how media violence forms a pervasive cultural environment that cultivates in heavy viewers, especially, a heightened state of insecurity, exaggerated perceptions of risk and danger, and a fear-driven propensity for hard-line political solutions to social problems. A provocative and accessible introduction to cultivation analysis, media effects research, and the subject of media influence and media violence more generally. Based on the work of media scholar George Gerbner. c2010. 75 min. DVD X2622

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Media & Human Rights. [Part 1]
First segment: Reports on the lack of media independence in post-communist Hungary where broadcast media are under attack by the government for its "liberal bias." Second segment: A story on the growing number of journalists who are killed while on assignment throughout the world. Third segment: A profile of the world's most unusual radio station--Belgrade's B-92-- which mixes music with anti-war activism in Serbia's capital. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 28, 1994. Video/C 6711

Media & Human Rights. [Part 2]
Contents: [Pt. 1] A right to know? -- [Pt. 2] Noam Chomsky and the media. First segment: This segment examines the question is there a "right to know?" through an indepth look at the media's shrinking coverage of international news and its impact on human rights. Concludes with a discussion with controversial media analyst Noam Chomsky. Second segment: A look at the role of new tools and technologies -- low-cost video cameras, computers and the Internet -- in human rights activism, a phenomenon which some have termed "weapons of mass communication." Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 14, 1996. Video/C 6732

The Media and the Images of War
Do violent images in movies and on TV provoke real violence? Movies and television have helped transmit from generation to generation a series of myths about war, peace, weapons and the use of force. The impact of such values are explored in this program. First broadcast as a segment of the television series: America's defense monitor on July 7, 1995. Washington, D.C. : Center for Defense Information. 29 min. Video/C MM916

Media Ethics
Is a politician's personal life fodder for the front page? If a CD has strongly antisocial lyrics, should the record label consider its impact on children? News professionals and executives from NBC, CBS, Capitol-EMI Records and Mercury Records speak out about these issues and other ethical dilemmas their industries face ... The need for honesty and fairness, the subtle pressure of commercial interests, and the lure of sensationalism are discussed in this frank investigation of the pressures and circumstances that make up the context of media ethics. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 28 min. Video/C 7293

Media Literacy for Teens
TV and radio commercials, Web sites and banner ads, magazine ads, pop songs, photos, and even news articles and textbooks: all of them are sending messages to influence the reader/viewer/listener. What are they selling, a product or service? a lifestyle? an ideology? and why? This program raises more questions than it answers, which is the whole point: to prompt students to question, question, question the messages they are bombarded with daily. Savvy media consumers aren't born; they're made, and this program is an excellent tool for shaping a critical consumer. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 35 min. DVD 9770

Media Rights and Responsibilities
The media have established new outposts in the frontiers of taste that were thought impossible 25 years ago: sexually explicit and violent movies, "Gangsta" rap music, tabloid journalism, and all in the name of First Amendment rights and giving the public what it wants. But with these rights come responsibilities that are seldom respected. What leverage can society use to put curbs on the more outrageous forms of media expression while retaining a respect for creativity and freedom of expression? This program looks at all of the issues surrounding the media's pursuit of the advertising dollar vs. its responsibility to exercise concern for the public good. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 28 min. Video/C 7292

Merchandising Murder: the O.J. Simpson Industry.
It's been called the trial of the century -- former football star O.J. Simpson facing charges of murderinghis wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. But is the trial itself the cause of all the fuss or has the event been manufactured by the media and merchandisers seeking to exploit the case? Film examines the huge million dollar industry which has sprung up to cash in on the compatible with the rights of the accused in a nation where murder seems to pay for everyone but the victims. 1994. 48 min. Video/C 4085

Militainment, Inc.: Militarism and Pop Culture
A fascinating, disturbing, and timely glimpse into the militarization of American popular culture, examining how U.S. news coverage has come to resemble Hollywood film, video games, and 'reality television' in its glamorization of war. Mobilizing an astonishing range of media examples -- from news anchors' idolatry of military machinery to the impact of government propaganda on war reporting -- the film asks: How has war taken its place in the culture as an entertainment spectacle? And how does presenting war as entertainment affect the ability of citizens to evaluate the necessity and real human costs of military action? Contents: Introduction -- Spectacle -- Clean war -- Techno-fetishism -- Demonization -- Reality TV -- Sports -- Toys -- Video games -- Dissent -- Outro. Written and produced by Roger Stahl. 2007. 124 min. DVD X762

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The Most Dangerous Man in America
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Tells a riveting story of how one man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, the president and Supreme Court--a political thriller whose events led directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Based in part on: Secrets : a memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers / by Daniel Ellsberg (2002) (Main (Gardner) Stacks & Moffitt DS558 .E44 2002). Produced and directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. Dist.: New Day Films. 2009. 94 min. DVD X2484

The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News
Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky discuss their comprehensive framework for understanding how the news is produced and in whose interests it works. They argue that the news media is subordinated to corporate and conservative interests and is not liberal.

Pt. 1. The filters of news: the propaganda model & agenda setting -- the ownership filter -- the advertising filter -- the sourcing filter -- the flak filter. -- Pt. 2. Domestic issues: the healthcare debate -- the attack on social programs -- the coverage of labor and business. -- Pt. 3. International issues: anti-communism & market celebration (Yeltsin and reform in Russia; attacking the Cuban revolution) -- dictators and democracy (Saddam Hussein; Suharto in Indonesia).

"Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media." Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on massive empirical research, they reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as that of "elite propaganda." Part One outlines the key notion of the "filters" through which the process of news passes, ensuring that what emerges for public consumption reflects the interests that control journalistic practices. Part Two focuses on several examples of how coverage of key domestic issues shapes public understanding. In Part Three, Chomsky and Herman examine the way that international issues are framed by the media to reflect the interests of political and economic elites." 1997. 60 min. DVD 4890; also vhs Video/C 5743

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The Nation Erupts.
An experimental view of the Los Angeles rebellion, this video explores the media depictions and omissions around the beating of Rodney King. Going beyond the nightly news soundbytes into the rage of urban communities throughout the nation, this tape demystifies the riots and lends a human face to the national rage. Also contains footage on community initiatives to stop the violence, Black and Korean organizing for peace, and the undercovered Latino community's response to the beating. 1994?. 58 min. Video/C 3625

The Need to Know
Through the Paul Bernardo murder case, this video explores the role of the media in creating, directing, editing and also ultimately limiting the details delivered to the public about horrendous acts of violence. Under pressure to perform and create the top selling story of the day, journalists wrestle with the morality and their own personal revulsion of human behavior. Interviews with top journalists and TV anchor people from both Canada and the United States reveal some of the deeper issues of giving the 'news' to the public. Dist.: Filmwest Associates. 2002. 45 min. Video/C 9758

News Wars
c2007. DVD X509

War of Ideas; Requiem. War of Ideas (Part one of the fourth hour of News War): Reporter Greg Barker travels to the Middle East to examine the rise of Arab satellite TV channels and their impact on the "war of ideas" at a time of convulsive change and conflict in the region. His report focuses on the growing influence of Al Jazeera, and the controversy around the recent launch of Al Jazeera English, which U.S. satellite and cable companies have declined to carry. Barker also visits the "war room" of the State Department's Rapid Response Unit, which monitors Arab media 24 hours a day, and meets with U.S. military officers whose mission is to engage the Arab news channels in debate. Requiem (Part two of the fourth hour of News war): Centers around journalists risking their lives to challenge the powerful. In this film, Sheila Coronel focuses on specific examples of journalists in different countries who have encountered censorship, imprisonment, and even death. Originally released as an episode of the television series Frontline World. 60 min.

What's Happening to the News? America's major network news divisions and daily newspapers are under siege, facing mounting pressure for profits from corporate owners, and growing challenges from cable television and the Internet, which are remaking the economics of the business and transforming the very definition of news. Frontline talks to network executives, journalists, Wall Street analysts, bloggers, and key players as Google and Yahoo! battle for survival and market dominance in a rapidly changing world of news. Also goes inside the embattled newsroom of the Los Angeles Times, one of the last remaining papers in the country still covering major national stories. Under severe pressure from Wall Street to cut costs and to compete for "eyeballs" in a new media world, editors at the paper are urgently trying to figure out what this means for their future news coverage and their public service mission. Originally aired Feb. 27, 2007 as an episode of the television program Frontline. 87 min.

Secrets, Sources & Spin Part one takes a closer look at the unintended consequences of the Valerie Plame investigation (the covert CIA officer whose leaked identity resulted in a national political scandal), a confusing affair that ultimately damaged both reporters' reputations and the legal protections they thought they enjoyed. Part two examines recent First Amendment battles between the federal government and the press -- how much can the press reveal about secret government programs in the war on terror without jeopardizing national security? Orginally aired on Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, 2007 as episodes of the television program Frontline. 120 min.

No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee: What Do You Do When None of Your Heroes Look Like You?
Various Asian Americans relate how they had to assimilate and adapt to a dominant white society in America. Asian American actors discuss ethnic identity, mass media stereotyping and their subservient roles in the mass media. Film excerpts and actor interviews: Danger Island, Peter Lorre -- Year of living dangerously, Linda Hunt -- Auntie Mame, Yuki Shimoda -- Pink Panther strikes again, Herbert Lom -- Seinfeld, Dom Magwili -- Sixteen candles, Gedde Watanabe -- Bonanza, Victor Sen -- Green Hornet, Bruce Lee -- Flash Gordon, Max von Sydow -- Hook, Dante Basco -- Big trouble in Little China, Dennis Dun, James Hong -- Kung Fu, David Carradine -- American ninja, Guich Koock -- Fiendish plot of Fu Manchu, Peter Sellers -- Under the rainbow -- Seven faces of Dr. Lao, Tony Randall -- Marlow, Bruce Lee -- Terror of the Tong, Christopher Lee -- Karate Kid, Pat Morita -- Teahouse of the August Moon, Marlon Brando. Dist.: Video Data Bank. c1998. 28 min. Video/C 7022

Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause
Linguist, intellect, and activist Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of the world including the War in Iraq, September 11th, the War on Terror, media manipulation and control, social activism, fear, American foreign policy, and more. Directed and edited by Will Pascoe. 2005. 39 min. DVD 3778

Not Black or White
Examines the stereotypical ways in which Asian women have been depicted in the media and how three nationally acclaimed Asian American actresses challenge and defy those concepts in their creative work and careers. c1999. 20 min. Video/C 7716

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Nothing But the Truth
Director Mark Steven Shepherd was a CNN cameraman covering the 1996-97 O.J. Simpson civil trial when he became interested in the eccentric group of people who frequented the sidewalks outside the courtroom. In this film, the viewers see what he witnessed, without narration or commentary. c2001. 60 min. Video/C MM708

The O. J. Simpson trial. Pt.1, Background and Opening Statements
Coverage of background information and opening statements before Judge Ito in the televised trial of O. J. Simpson for the murders of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994. 60 min. Video/C 4084

Onward Christian Soldiers.
A Dutch filmaker explores the phenomenal growth and influence of the Christian Right, not only on American politics and diplomacy, but also on American culture. She follows its leaders, Bob Billings, director of the Moral Majority, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Jimmy Swaggart and other TV evangelists to show how the electronic pulpit reaches a mass audience. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4562

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Our Brand is Crisis
Follows James Carville, Jeremy Rosner and a team of political consultants as they launch a media-savvy campaign for Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. With unprecedented access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, witness a shocking example of America 'spreading democracy' overseas and its earth-shattering aftermath. Directed, produced and written by Rachel Boynton. 2005. 87 min. DVD 6733

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Paint it Black: Anarchism, Urban Uprising, and the Mainstream News Media
A documentary made in response to the corporate media's portrayal of anarchists since the anti-corporate globalization protests and riots against the WTO in Seattle. There is some excellent dissection of media footage of anarchists, along with an attempt to theoretically frame strategies of anti-capitalist resistance, the Black Bloc and problems of race and the other. Written, directed, produced and created by Jessica Lawless. MA thesis project at Clarement Graduate University, 2001. 56 min. Video/C MM1138

Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity.
We are drowning in celebrity culture and certainly no tabloid topic has been as big as Paris Hilton ... Famous for doing nothing, she is the ultimate manifestation of our obsession with celebrity culture and the massive profits that it wields ... Being the first with a celebrity scoop has been the stock and trade of the tabloid magazine business, but only in recent years has that competition spilled over into the traditional news business. Pushed by the surging popularity of entertainment and gossip sites on the Internet, the media landscape is being reshaped by the world of "dish." The ethicists may howl, the columnists complain, but viewers rule and the celebrity machine is more than ready to oblige. As long as we are willing to watch and read, who can resist feeding our habit? Originally broadcast on the CBC series Doc Zone on November 29, 2007. Dist.: Films Media Group. 45 min. DVD X587

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-- working together with Israeli public relations strategies-- exercise a powerful influence over news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combines American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists, and political activists to provide insight into the nature of the Occupation and factors that have distorted North American media coverage and, in turn, public opinion. Narrator: Loretta Alper. Commentary: Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Hussein Ibish, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, Gila Svirsky. c2003. 80 min. Video/C MM44

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[Best of] Person to Person SEE Edward R. Murrow

Playing Unfair
It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sport lags far behind men's, and focuses on female athletes femininity and sexuality over their achievements on the court and field. It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sport lags far behind men's, and focuses on female athletes femininity and sexuality over their achievements on the court and field. 2002. 30 min. Video/C8892

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Politics as Theatre: Theatre as Politics, 1/6/03
A conversation with David Edgar, internationally renowned British playwright who has worked in every genre including television and Mark Danner, professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Here they discuss how world issues are covered in the American press and how they can be covered more effectively. 55 min. Video/C 9861

The Politics of Privacy
(Columbia University Seminars on Media & Society; Ethics in America; 11). A panel of prominent journalists and national politicians discuss the ethical responsibilities of journalists in report on the private lives of public figures, particularly politicians. c1988. 58 min. Video/C 1663

Politics, Privacy and the Press
(Columbia University Seminars on Media & Society; Ethics in America; 10). Columbia University Seminars on Media & Society. The hypothetical case of a presidential candidate's extramarital relationships provides the basis for a discussion by a panel of prominent journalists and national politicians of the ethical responsibilities of journalists in reporting on the he private lives of political figures. Video/C 1662

Presidents and Politics with Richard Strout(A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers)
Journalist Richard Strout reminisces about his career as a reporter covering Washington and the White House. Beginning with the administration of Warren G. Harding up to the Reagan administration, Strout has seen Washington grow from an unhurried southern town into a bustling international seat of government. 1984. 58 min. Video/C 870

Propaganda
This program focuses on dictators and spin doctors who shaped the perceptions of the masses in 20th century Europe. Archival news film and footage and historical photos spotlight the propaganda of the Russian Revolution, Nazi propaganda in World War II, the Gulf War, as well as the PR blitzes of Britain's political scene. Clips from propaganda classics Battleship Potemkin, The Triumph of the Will, and the Eternal Jew are also included. Dist.: Films Media Group.c2000. 29 min. DVD 9766; Video/C 8397

Public Access: Spigots for Bigots or Channels for Change?
A series examining the controversy surrounding hate programming and First Amendment issues on public access cable television. New York : Deep Dish TV. 1990.

Public Access: Parts 1-4: Parts 1 & 2: Begins with a case study of Kansas City, Missouri where after a request by the KKK for time on the local access channel, the city council voted to give up their access channel rather than accept Klan programming. Includes interviews with activists, constitutional lawyers and compares the situation to other parts of the country. Parts 3 & 4: Focuses on the KKK, Neo-Nazis and white hate organizations, their tactics and ideology. Activists speak about the tradition of resistance to these organizations and to less overt forms of racism and bias. Contents: Pt. 1. The case of Kansas City / Dick Kurtenbach, Joe Van Eaton, Nicholas Johnson, Rev. Nelson Thompson, Alvin Sikes -- Pt. 2. Guess who's coming to public access: Anti-Klan speakout -- Race & Reason: a response -- Guess Who came to access? -- Report from Albuquerque -- Open forum on First Amendment and white supremacy / Don Knight -- Pt. 3. The empire strikes out, sometimes: Echoes of a nightmare -- Nazi Rally in Ann Arbor -- Interview with Tom Bishop -- Do you know how to play Dixie? -- Interview with Cornel West -- The new Klan: heritage of hate / Charles Evers -- Pt. 4. The empire strikes out, sometimes: Racism: the internal madness -- Who killed Vincent Chin? -- New Klan: heritage of hate -- Showdown in Atlanta -- Interview with Dhoruba bin Wahad, Chris Bratton & Annie Goldson. 112 min. Video/C 7696

Public Access: Parts 5-8: Opens with presentations on different perspectives on the notion that this is a multi-cultural and pluralistic society followed by a focus on racism initiated and fostered in the media. Parts 7 & 8: Focuses on organizing efforts across the nation, providing information about resources for activists concerned with combating racism and strengthening public access television. Contents: Pt. 5. Stirring up the myth of the melting pot: Color schemes / Shu Lea Cheang -- Flag / Linda Gibson -- La Conversacion / Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Pena. -- Pt. 6. Unpopular culture: Hype & stereotype in the media: Interview with Benetton Inc. re their ad campaigns -- Self-destruction / Colin Jessop, Che Che Martinez -- Re-reading the dragon -- Torn between colors / Through Our Eyes Video & History Project -- Media assassin / Art Jones. -- Pt. 7. Snake bite kit for access: Profile on the Southern Poverty Law Center -- ADL story -- Desecration in darkness: a community fights back -- Tips from Randy Ammon -- NFLCP announcement / Andrew Blau -- Police abuse myth or reality? -- Pt. 8. Snake bite kit for access: Profile of Center for Democratic Renewal -- Interview with Ann Ginger -- Walleye warriors -- Interview with Joe Van Eaton -- MLK -- Martin Luther King Forum -- Straight talk -- Issues seeking answers -- Napa Valley forum -- Forum on human rights -- Battle of Brooklyn Bridge. 112 min. Video/C 7697

Public Access: Parts 9-10: These final two segments show some American youth's response to racism and marginalization. Includes members of white supremacy groups and skinheads as well as youth resistance to recrutment by hate organizations, and the use of poetry and music to educate and agitate for change, such as the Civil Rights Rap. Contents: Pt. 9. Chain...chain...change: Interview with Lynora Williams of Center for Democratic Renewal -- La Skins: Interviews with S.H.A.R.P. / Caroline Seckinger -- Coalition for Human Dignity / Deborah M. Luppold -- Anti-Racist Action, Chicago / Bob Hercules. -- Pt. 10: Chain..chain...change: Rap with Dominoes / Derrick Maddox -- Media assassin / Art Jones -- Light as black rock -- We all belong -- Civil rights rap / Richard DeLaura, Peter Ladue, Thom Thacker -- Report from City College of New York -- Mob violence on St. Marks. 56 min. Video/C 7698

The Public Mind: Image and Reality in America
Examines the impact on democracy of our mass culture whose basic information comes from image-making, the media, public opinion polls, public relations and propaganda. Contents: Pt. 1. Consuming images / producer, director, writer, Gail Pellett -- Pt. 2. Leading questions / producer, Leslie Clark ; writers, Leslie Clark, Andie Tucher -- Pt. 3. Illusions of news / producer, director, writer, Richard M. Cohen -- Pt. 4. The truth about lies / producer, writer, Paul Kaufman 4 videocassettes (60 min. each) Video/C 1441 pt. 1-4

A Question of Evidence.
Presents testimony by key witnesses to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send O.J. Simpson to trial. Shows Court TV broadcast excerpts from the preliminary hearing before Judge Kathleen Kennedy Powell. Includes defense attorneys Gerald Uelman and Robert Shapiro, and prosecutors Willia Hodgman and Marcia Clark. c1994. 51min. Video/C 4083

Raindance: Media Primers
Contents: Paul Ryan's Proto Media Primer (1970, 16 min.) -- Ira Schneider's Media Primer (1970, 23 min.) -- Michael Shamberg's Media Primer (1971, 17 min.) Raindance's Media Primers reflect the group's iconoclastic theories of television and video, and their engagement with alternative and mass media, pop culture and the counter-culture. The themes addressed -- media manipulation, the camera's role in modifying individual behavior -- illustrate their experimentation with the technological and conceptual underpinnings of 1/2-inch portable video. Paul Ryan's Proto Media Primer includes scenes of Abbie Hoffman awaiting the verdict from the Chicago 7 trial and ironic man-on-the-street interviews. Merging alternative video and mass media, Ira Schneider's Media Primer juxtaposes cultural indicators -- television commercials, news footage, and Portapak documentation of countercultural events such as the Altamount rock concert. In Michael Shamberg's Media Primer, rhetoric and gestures are skewered as he examines the political structure of alternative media. 56 min. Video/C MM1170

The Religious Right
Bill Moyers and Kathleen Hall Jamieson discuss developments in the 1992 presidential campaign and analyze news coverage of the campaign. Moyers and a panel then look at the position of the religious right in the current campaign. VHS. c1992. 57 min. Video/C 3064

Remembering Life
Reporters, photographers as well as readers remember Life magazine and its impact on American public since it first appeared in 1936. 1984. 60 min. 3/4 in. U-matic Video/C 879

Reporters at War: War, Lies, and Videotape
It is said that in war, truth is the first casualty. This program examines the often-times confrontational relationship between America's media and the U.S. military and how, from the Vietnam War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the two sides have tried to outwit and outthink eachother. Includes interviews with American journalists Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, and Peter Jennings and also with Jihad Ali Ballout, head of communications of Al Jazeera. Dist.: Films Media Group. 003. 46 min. DVD 4098

Reporting America at War
Explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century--and beyond. From San Juan Hill to the beaches of Normandy, from the jungles of Vietnam to the Persian Gulf, tells the stories of the reporters who witnessed and wrote the news from the battlefield. Features profiles of such distinguished historical figures as Richard Harding Davis, Edward R. Murrow, Ernie Pyle, Robert Capa, Martha Gellhorn and Homer Bigart as well as conversations with some of the most influential correspondents of our time. Dist.: PBS. c2004. 180 min. DVD 5852

Representation & the Media.
Stuart Hall, a renown public speaker and teacher, lectures on the central ideas of cultural studies--that reality is not experienced directly, but through the lens of culture, through the way that human beings represent and tell stories about the world in which they live. Using visual examples, Hall shows how the media--and especially the visual media--have become the key players in the process of modern story telling. c1997. 55 min. Video/C 4654
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Rhyme Pays: Hip Hop and the Marketing of Cool
As savvy teens lose interest in traditional forms of advertising, product placement in lyrics and music videos has become big, big business for manufacturers and rappers alike. Drawing on interviews with Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def jam Records; Camille hackney, of Elektra Entertainment Group; Damon Dash, CEO of Foc-a-fella Enterprises; media literacy advocate Debbie Gordon; and numerous Canadian rap artists, this program follows the money into the music/marketing arena. Originally aired on April 6, 2004 on the television program Marketplace. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 58 min. DVD 8872

Rich Media, Poor Democracy
Demonstrates how journalism has been compromised by the corporate bosses of conglomerates such as Disney, Viacom and AOL Time Warner to produce a system of news that is high on sensationalism and low on information. They suggest that unless citizen activisim can reclaim the commons, this new corporate system will be characterized by a rich media and an ever impoverished poor democracy. c2003. 30 min. DVD 6447; vhs Video/C 9528

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The Rodney King Case: What the Jury Saw in CA v. Powell.
Presents the key portions of both the prosecution and defense cases. Condenses 150 hours of gavel-to-gavel coverage and includes the 81 second amateur videotape which recorded the events that occurred during the evening of March 3, 1991. 116 min. DVD 9603 [Preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2531

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Rodney King Decision-rioting, KPIX News Special Report.
5:00 news, 4/30/92. Filmed off air, reports on the protests and the riots. 60 min. Video/C 2377

Rodney King FBI Tapes.
Scenes from the beating of Rodney King by members of the Los Angeles California Police Dept. on March 3, 1991 at regular speed, slow motion, and in a computerized simulation study. 60 min. DVD 1248; also on VHS Video/C 2494
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Comparison of computer-generated models of interaction between King and police with actual footage of the action. Shows vector and force analysis of FBI agent using baton.

Secrecy
An examination of secrecy in the United States government, exploring the tensions between freedom of information and national security.... between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy. Special features (58 min.): interview outtakes with Tom Blanton (8 min.), James B. Bruce (1 min.), Steve Garfinkel (2 min.), Barton Gellman (6 min.), Siegfried Hecker (2 min.), Neal Katyal (2 min.), Mike Levin (1 min.), Melissa Boyle Mahle (6 min.) & Charles Swift (2 min.); 2 extended sequences (6 min. total); 2 extracted stories (22 min. total). Also includes 56 min. classroom version of the film. 2008. 80 min. DVD X801

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Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights & the News
Examines the increasing role of video footage taken by media activists around the world to expose atrocities and criminal activities. Looks at handicams and their role in the "new visual revolution" in: Nakamada land rights claims in the Philippines, the anti neo-Nazi movement in the Czech Republic, evidence of violence in the Congo, war crimes in Serbia and the battles of Greenpeace. 2002. 59 min. Video/C 9709

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Selling Out the First Amendment: The Collision of News, Entertainment and Politics
A discussion between John Carrol, editor and Exec. vice president of the Los Angeles Times and Michael Krasny of the radio station KQED-FM, on First Amendment issues and freedom and speech. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on February 19, 2004. 75 min. Video/C MM86

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Sexy Inc.: Our Children Under Influence /
Analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. Experts criticize an unhealthy culture created by advertising and the media, and the many examples shown illustrate how children are reduced to consumers bombarded with images of girls treated as purely sexual objects. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2007. 36 min. DVD 8891

Spin.
These excerpts from 500 hours of pirated "satellite TV feeds" taped by Springer during 1992 are a devastating critique of television's profound manipulativeness in the way it packages the news and politics. Includes pre-broadcast and post-broadcast footage from network sources (makeup sessions, off-camera discussions), broadcasts from various Presidential campaigns to local television stations and other sources of television never "broadcast". Illustrates the various uses of television by journalists, politicians, consultants and pressure groups to affect the political process, examining among others Pat Robertson's televangelism, the influence of television talk shows such as Larry King Live, the presidential race of 1992 and the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King verdict. Dist: Video Data Bank. 1995. 57 min. DVD X5419; Video/C 4509

Stories from the War Zone: Modern Combat Journalism
This program takes a gritty look at how news gets reported from the world's front lines. It follows Neil Macdonald, a 27 year veteran of TV journalism, in his daily coverage of events in Israel as Middle East bureau chief for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. While Macdonald discusses and demonstrates firsthand how to manage risk, deal with censorship, and meet ever-increasing demands for stories, other eminent journalists share their insights into combat reportage. Includes Morley Safer and Vietnam War correspondents Michael Maclear and Bill Cunningham. Dist: Films Media Group. c2003. 55 min. DVD 3017

[Stone, I.F.] Interview with I.F. Stone
Journalist and political critic I.F. Stone discusses the function of the free press and his career as a journist. September 17, 1970. 25 min. DVD 7419 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2026

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Stranger with a Camera.
During the 1960s, filmmakers came to Appalachia to document the dire conditions of the region's poorest residents. The use of the striking images of poverty raised questions about whether media-makers with otherwise good intentions exploited and perpetuated long-held stereotypes of Appalachia. In 1967 this tension between media and community led Kentuckian Hobart Ison to kill filmmaker Hugh O'Connor. This film revisits this tragedy to explore the reason for the killing. Producer and director Elizabeth Barret. Dist.: Appalshop. 2000. 60 min. Video/C 7192

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Tabloid Frenzy
This documentary goes behind the scenes to chronicle the daily activities of the editors, writers, researchers and photographers at The Globe and other leading supermarket tabloid newspapers. Interviews with the journalists and other personnel reveals their working methods and journalistic philosophy. The film also traces the tabloids' historical roots, their legal battles, and the tabloids' influence on Television newsmagazine programs. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1994. 46 min. Video/C 5173

Television & the African American Experience, Civil Rights & Beyond: On the Front Lines: Television and African-American Issues
A three part satellite seminar series examining how television has covered and reflected black history and culture over the past fifty years. In this first segment panelists explore issues from the 1950s and 1960s and how television news has interpreted various racial issues and such divisive events as the Rodney King verdict and the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. Presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California on November 7, 2001. 93 min. Video/C 8496

Television & the African American Experience, Civil Rights & Beyond: Images of African-Americans on Prime-time Television
A three part satellite seminar series examining how television has covered and reflected black history and culture over the past fifty years. In this second segment panelists examine the stereotypes of Amos 'n' Andy in the postwar era, the success of the Cosby show in the 1980s, and the recent trend of burgeoning networks concentrating on African-American-themed programming. Presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California on November 7, 2001. 93 min. Video/C 8497

Television & the African American Experience, Civil Rights & Beyond: Bebopping, Hip-hopping, & Slam-dunking: the Influence of African-American Endeavors in Music and Sports on Mainstream Culture
A three part satellite seminar series examining how television has covered and reflected black history and culture over the past fifty years. In this second segment panelists examine the stereotypes of Amos 'n' Andy in the postwar era, the success of the Cosby show in the 1980s, and the recent trend of burgeoning networks concentrating on African-American-themed programming. Presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California on November 7, 2001. 90 min. Video/C 8498

Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press
A documentary on the life and work of George Seldes, America's most important press critic. The film includes archival footage of many of the 20th century's key events from Seldes's encounters with Pershing and Mussolini, to the tobacco industry and the "lords of the press," as it provides a fresh perspective on 20th century history, while raising profound questions about America's news media.

"Narrated by Susan Sarandon. 1996 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Tell the Truth and Run is the dramatic story of muckraking journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of American journalism. Through an examination of Seldes's encounters with Lenin and Mussolini, the tobacco industry, J. Edgar Hoover and the "lords of the press," Tell the Truth & Run provides a fresh perspective on Twentieth-Century history while raising profound ethical, professional and political questions about journalism in America. Seldes, interviewed at a lucid 98, is engaging, witty and still impassioned about his ideas and ideals. Ralph Nader, Victor Navasky, Ben Bagdikian, Daniel Ellsberg, Nat Hentoff and Jeff Cohen, among others, provide incisive commentary." 1996. 111 Video/C 5984

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Seldes, George. Tell the Truth and Run. New York, Greenberg [1953](Main Stack PN4874.S425.A3)

Terrorism: Freedom of the Press and National Security (Teleconference: the Museum of Television and Radio. Los Angeles, CA, 1998)
Panel: Mort Zuckerman (N.Y. Daily News), Richard C. Wald (ABC News), James D. Stewart (CBS News), Jeffrey Toobin (New Yorker), Steven Emerson (Filmmaker), Gideon Rose (Council on Foreign Relations). Host: Robert M. Batscha.

The last segment in a series of two satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television deals with reporting acts of terrorism. A panel of experts explore issues such as: What is the attitude of journalists towards terrorists? Has media coverage magnified the importance of terrorism out of all proportion? Has it served their propaganda? Does it prevent or complicate rescue missions? Is the journalist and the television camera the terrorists' best friend? This second segment focuses on these issues in relation to American journalism and terrorist cases in the United States. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 5410

This is Edward R. Murrow
Highlights the career of newsman Edward R. Murrow, with excerpts from many of his most famous broadcasts including Murrow's confrontation with Senator Joseph McCarthy, and interviews with Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Carl Sandburg. Looks at his life as a war correspondent and his famous television documentary "Harvest of shame." 2005? 44 min. DVD 4581

This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Composed of film segments shot by over 100 media activists during the 1999 World Trade Organization's Ministerial meeting in Seattle when human rights activists, environmentalists, indigenous people, labor activists, fair trade proponents, people of faith, union workers, farmers, students and teachers from more than 700 organizations took to the streets to protest against the meeting. 2000. 60 min. DVD 3575; also VHS Video/C 7705

This Reporter
Presents a compellingly candid portrait of Edward R. Murrow's illustrious career and features rarely-seen clips from the CBS News archives and interviews with his esteemed peers. From his gutsy search of journalistic truths during the McCarthy era to his celebrated Person to Person chats with Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando, this in-depth documentary explores how Murrow's pioneering work left an indelible mark on American broadcasting. 113 min. 2005. DVD 4011

Edward R. Morrow on TV (See It Now; Person to Person; The McCarthy Years and others)

Thulani Davis Asks "Why Howard Beach?"
A discussion of how the Howard Beach incident is indicative of racism in the United States. Comments on the news media's superficial treatment of this and other recent racial incidents. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV.1987. 30 min. Video/C 2578

Toxic Sludge is Good For You: The Public Relations Industry Unspun.
Tracks the development of the public relations industry from early efforts to win popular American support for World War I to the role of crisis management in controlling the damage to corporate image. With commentary by PR critics the film analyzes the tools public relations professionals use to shift public perceptions including a look at the coordinated PR campaign to slip genetically engineered food past public scrutiny. c2002. 45 min. Video/C 9174

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Truth Merchants
What does it mean to live in a society where more and more news is being written with a PR agenda? This program examines both the power and the responsibility of public relations, along with the friction that often occurs between PR and the media in societies based on a free press. Experts on both sides discuss their professions, while offering penetrating insights into the dynamic overlap between their industries -- and the animosities between so-called spinners and hacks and their ever-increasing influence. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 46 min. DVD 9767; vhs Video/C 7290

Undercurrents
"The news you don't see on the news." Selected news programs from the Undercurrents News Network, an alternative outlet for documentary makers, animators, video activists and subverters, to give voice to those supporting positive social change." Contents: When the smokz clearz (3 min.) -- The Meatrix (4 min) -- Whose news? (15 min.) / interview, Martin Sheen -- Consumption (3 min.) -- Occupation [the Harvard living wage] / narrator, Ben Affleck (30 min.) -- Read my lips (3 min.) -- Hercubush (4 min.) -- Woomera breakout (7 min.). [Great Britain]: Undercurrents News Network, [2004?]. DVD 3604

Videocracy
A documentary film which examines the high-glitz, lowbrow, celebrity-obsessed culture promulgated by Sergio Berlusconi's monopolistic media empire. The film analyzes the power of television broadcasting in Italy and how it affects the behavior and choices of the Italian population. Director, Erik Gandini. 2010. 85 min. DVD X4648

A Vision of Empire: Henry Luce & Time-Life's America
Henry Luce co-founded Time Inc. in 1923 and presided over the company for more than 45 years, making an indelible mark on publishing in the process. This compelling look into the life of the publishing icon includes photographs and news footage from the company's unparalleled archives, readings from ground-breaking essays, and firsthand accounts from those who knew Luce best to provide insight into his life, work, and influence on America. Produced and directed by Stephen Stept. c2004. 84 min. vhs Video/C MM1290

The Visual Language of Broadcast News
Outlines the basic principles of visual design for effective news broadcasting. Illustrates a wide rangeof techniques through vivid examples aimed at providing students with a practical overview of video production. Consists of six segments ranging through camera movements to film editing and sound, that include explanations, depictions, common mistakes and handy tips. c2000. 31 min. DVD 1441

Voices for Justice: The Enduring Legacy of the Latino Press in the U.S.
Looks at the enduring legacy of the Lationo press in the United States and its role as a voice for these "strangers in their own land." Interviewees: Nicolas Kanellos (U. of Houston), Juan Gonzales (El Tecolote), Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez (El Grito del Norte), Rossane Rosado (El Diario). Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. [200-?]. 15 min. DVD X6960

War Photographer
Photojournalist James Nachtwey has been very close to the subjects he photographs for over 20 years -- a time period in which he has not missed a single war. This documentary follows James as he goes from Kosovo to the West Bank to Indonesia in search of pictures he can publish. This committed, shy man, is considered one of the bravest and most important war photographers of our time. 2001. 96 min. DVD 2224

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The War You Don't See
Following his award-winning documentary The War on Democracy, John Pilger's new film is a powerful and timely investigation into the media's role in war. The War You Don't See traces the history of `embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of World War I to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan. As weapons and propaganda are ever more sophisticated, the very nature of war has developed into an `electronic battlefield'. But who is the real enemy today? Director & producer, Alan Lowery. 2010. 96 min. DVD X6817

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War, the Press and U.S. Power: Diplomacy and Conflict in the Post-9/11 World
Panel host: Orville Schell. A panel discussion with Strobe Talbott, former Deputy Secretary of State and president of the Brookings Institution, professor Mark Danner of the UCB Graduate School or Journalism and professor Peter Tarnoff, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, two days before the beginning of the war on Iraq concerning American foreign policy and the impact and implications of the impending war. A Berkeley Webcast event ; sponsored by the Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs and the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, 3/18/03. 93 min. Video/C 9526

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Women are Good News
Three members of the organization "Women are Good News", a group founded to obtain equal representation of women and women of color in all news media, discuss the lack of women commentators and newscasters on PBS and other television stations. Panelists: Nancy DeStephanis, Peggy Cooley, Kathleen Purcell. c1992. 28 min. Video/C MM1214

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
Explores the historic influence of the cable television Z Channel; showcases the important voice the station gave filmmakers; examines the great influence the channel had on modern cinema, independent filmmaking, and the development of cable television. Commentary: Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Verhoeven, Jacqueline Bisset, Theresa Russell, James Woods, F.X. Feeney. 2005. 120 min. DVD 4522

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ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings
Panel: (ABC News staff) Peter Jennings (anchorman), Paul Friedman (exec. producer), Kathryn Christensen (managing editor, senior producer), Tom Nagorski (senior foreign editor), Paul Slavin (senior program producer).

One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. In this film Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of the ABC world news tonight program and other editors and producers present the process of how the news is gathered and prepared for broadcasting. Includes a sample evening ABC newscast and a call-in question-and-answer session. This seminar is presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California" (November 18, 1998). 90 min. Video/C 5788

Beyond Good & Evil: Children, Media and Violent Times.
Intro: Where were you? -- A simple story -- Playing at war -- Constructing the enemy. "Full of poignant footage and moving responses from children, exposes how the media has been used to earn public support for the U.S.-led military campaign against Iraq. The news coverage, as well as movies, television shows and video games that have incorporated the narrative of war into their storylines, has an especially profound influence on children, who often bring both entertainment and real-world violence to their play. This video examines how the "good and evil" rhetoric, in both the entertainment and the news media, has helped children to dehumanize the enemies, justify their killing and treat the suffering of innocent civilians as necessary sacrifice." c2003. 37 min. DVD 6703

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Brian Winston Reads Black Sitcoms: Stereotypes and Lotsa Laffs.
Discusses the ways that black sitcoms reinforce stereotypical racial images, giving examples from The Cosby show. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1985. 30 min. Video/C 2577

Burma VJ
Acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard, brings us close to the video journalists who deliver the footage. Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. Armed with small handycams the Burma VJs stop at nothing to make their reportages from the streets of Rangoon. Their material is smuggled out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media. The whole world has witnessed single event clips made by the VJs, but for the very first time, their individual images have been carefully put together and at once, they tell a much bigger story. The film offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started marching. 2008. 84 min. DVD X3845

Call It What It Is: Paper Tiger TV-West Takes a Look at Domestic Violence and the Media.
By establishing a relationship between personal experiences with domestic violence and the media's coverage of the same issue, this tape challenges the viewer to examine the social forces which contribute to violence against women and children in the home. Film explores the ways the media's representation of domestic violence tends to obscure the seriousness of this social epidemic. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 3639

The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism on Television. (Teleconference: The Museum of Television and Radio. Los Angeles, CA, 1998)
Performer: Panel: James F. Hoge (Foreign Affairs), David Nicholas (Independent Television News), Chaim Yavin (Israeli Public Television), Dore Gold (Israeli ambassador to the U.N.), Garrick Utley (CNN). Host: Robert M. Batscha. One in a series of two satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television deals with reporting acts of terrorism. A panel of experts explore issues such as: What is the attitude of journalists towards terrorists? Has media coverage magnified the importance of terrorism out of all proportion? Has it served their propaganda? Does it prevent or complicate rescue missions? Is the journalist and the television camera the terrorists' best friend? This first segment focuses on these issues in relation to terrorist cases in Great Britain and Israel. 90 min. Video/C 5409

Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class
Featuring interviews with media analysts and cultural historians, this documentary examines the patterns inherent in TV's disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants, stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy. Directed by Loretta Alper. c2005. 62 min. DVD 4912

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Color Adjustment.
Written by Marlon T. Riggs and performed by Ruby Dee. A historical view of stereotypical depictions of African-Americans in television and through that depiction traces the roots of racism and race relations in America. c1991. 1991. 58 min. DVD 3047; also VHS Video/C 2145

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I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs. Video/C 4463

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Countdown(Ammo for the Info-warrior)
Ralph Nader remix: A Beastie Boys remix of Green Party Presidential candidate Ralph Nader's blistering critique of the news media and the current state of American politics. 2002. Video/C MM76

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Creating Jewish Characters for TV.
One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. This film explores the creation and characterization of Jewish characters presented in television sit-coms and dramas through comments by the creators of "Thirtysomething," "Chicago hope," "Relativity," "Northern exposure," and "Seinfeld." This seminar is presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California. 1998. 61 min. Video/C 5744

Creating Prime-time Drama: Party of Five.
Panel: Christopher Keyser, Amy Lippman, Mark B. Perry, Ken Topolsky, Lisa Melamed, Scott Wolf. Host: Ron Simon.

One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. The creators, producers, and members of the cast of Party of Five discuss the making of this unusual drama about five siblings raising themselves after their parents' deaths. Hugely popular, the series has won awards for substantive story lines and compelling characters. Presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California" (October 29, 1996). 96 min. Video/C 4656

Creating Prime-time Comedy: The Simpsons.
Panel: Nancy Cartwright, Matt Groening, Bill Oakley, David Silverman, Josh Weinstein. Host: Robert M. Batscha. One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. The creative team and cast who produced the animated comedy The Simpsons, discuss how each show evolves from original idea, through script and storyboard development and into production. Includes clips from the show and a call-in question-and-answer session. Presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California" (November 14, 1996). 95 min. Video/C 4657

Crime Shows.
Critically examines television programs that re-enact crimes and encourage private citizens to become involved in the apprehension of criminals. Examines cases solved through citizen tips and includes interviews with innocent people falsely arrested, television producers and law enforcement officials. A segment from the television program: Nightline, with host Ted Koppel. c1998. 29 min. Video/C 6871

Culture Jammer's Video.
A collection of satirical "anti-commercials" that urge television viewers to "fight TV addiction," give up their polluting cars, and otherwise reject contemporary material excesses. Contents: Autosaurus (30 sec.) -- Obsession fetish (30 sec.) -- TV turnoff week (30 sec.) -- TV turnoff week 2 (15 sec.) -- WTO (60 sec.) -- Buy nothing day (30 sec.) -- Gross domestic product (30 sec.) -- Culture jamming (12 min.). [1997?] 16 min. Video/C 7826

Current Events.
Social commentary about the news media (depicting various human rights scenes) and how it permeates the lives of individuals and whether or not the populace at large responds to it in an appropriate way. c1989. Video/C 2011

A Crack in the Tube
Contents: Made for TV / by Tom Rubnitz and Ann Magnuson -- Betty Furness for Westinghouse -- Kiss the girls, make them cry / by Dara Birnbaum -- Aqui en esta esquina / Sistema Sandinista de Television -- Betty Furness for Westinghouse --Joan does Dynasty / conceived/written, produced and performed by Joan Braderman. A collection of short films and videorecordings that illustrate the images television injects into modern life, especially those of women, and their social effects. Includes three contemporary video productions, a commercial of the 1950s, and a Nicaraguan game show. c1987. 90 min. Video/C 3766

The Crisis of the Cultural Environment: Media and Democracy in the 21st Century.
57 channels and nothing on -- Who will control the 500 channels? -- Global expansion -- Public funded television : an alternative -- Taxation without representation : the commercial funding of TV -- The V-chip : the fox guarding the chicken coop -- Democracy in a media age -- Don't agonize : organize. Dr. George Gerbner delivers a stinging indictment of the way the information superhighway is being constructed. He shows the ineffectual nature of our present responses to the urgent crisis of the media. Showing the real uses to which the "information superhighway" will be put by its corporate masters, he urges the citizens of the world to struggle for democratic principles in the cultural environment. 1997. 30 min. DVD 6719

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Dawn of the Eye.Canadian Broadcasting System. 1997. 48 min. each installment. Dist: Films Media Group.

History Through a Lens, 1894-1919. Traces the history of the filmed-news industry from the development of the movie camera in 1895 which quicklyled to newsreels shown in vaudeville and then in movie theaters twice a week. In reality, much of what was shown was staged by pre-Hollywood film studios. Film shows the competitiveness and tricks used as news reporting got its start and includes rare footage of very early newreel films. DVD 4527; also VHS Video/C 5942

Eyes of the World, 1919-1945. Hollywood's version of the news was sanitized until a program called March of Time, a theater newsreel program, established the standards still used in the industry today. As World War II progressed it provided a forum for competition between numerous news agencies. Includes newsreel footage of World War II and of D-Day, with commentary by war correspondents. DVD 4528; also VHS Video/C 5943

Inventing Television News, 1946-1959. At first no one knew quite what to do with television news until radio news veterans like Edward R. Murrow introduced controversial subjects and the public began watching in droves. The Senate anti-communist hearings conducted by Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s drew thousands to their TV sets each day. Political conventions in the U.S. entered prime time while Korean War correspondents covered American servicemen in Korea and Canadian journalism followed American television techniques in convering their political campaigns. DVD 4529; also VHS Video/C 5944

The Powers That Be, 1960-1975. In the 1960s, television had become the dominant source of news in North America, and proved to be instrumental in revolutionizing the democratic process by showing the forces of protest and political opposition. It is said that the civil rights movement and anti-war movements could not have succeeded if it were not for television. Includes a look at failed government efforts to control television news. DVD 4530; also VHS Video/C 5945

The Electronic Battalions, 1975-1988. Chronicles the golden years of network news and the birth of the satellite age as "going live" became the order of the day and anchormen and anchorwomen became mega-stars. Television news becomes a force in foreign policy as images affect the tide of public opinion. CNN, an all news format enters the scene as news coverage of the Iran hostage crisis, Canadian politics, the Falkland War, events in China's Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall bring news into the home as it occurs. DVD 4531; also VHS Video/C 5946

Global Eye, 1989-1997. Presents news coverage of the Gulf War as an example of how the global nature of television news can shape the events and its witnesses. The program also explores the positive and negative aspects of television newscasting including the promotion of sensationalism and violence, using as examples the news coverage ofthe Tonya Harding attack on Nancy Kerrigan, the caning of Michael Fay in Singapore, the O.J. Simpson pursuit, and the Lorena Bobbit case. Examines the advent of local news programs and whether network news will remain the watchdog of democracy or eventually lose its position to other media. DVD 4532; also VHS Video/C 5947

The Day Today. Part One
Cast: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, David Schneider, Michael Alexander. The first three episodes from a television satire of British news programmes. It parodies the 'hard-hitting' style of journalism, as well as mocking sports journalism, weather reports, American news programmes, business reports, soap operas and many other targets. This segment contains footage of a helicopter being flown at small children, an American Elvis impersonator, a gangsta rapper, the constitutional crisis that followed John Major's fight with the Queen and an interview with a swimming pool attendant. c1995. 86 min. PAL format Video/C 9853

The Day Today. Part Two
Cast: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, David Schneider, Michael Alexander. The first three episodes from a television satire of British news programmes. It parodies the 'hard-hitting' style of journalism, as well as mocking sports journalism, weather reports, American news programmes, business reports, soap operas and many other targets. This segment contains footage of exploding dogs, police eating suspects, homeless people, clips from a soap opera and a world cup machine that explains the progress of the game. c1995. 86 min. PAL format Video/C 9854

Disco & Atomic War (Disko & tuumasöda)
A story about growing up in the Soviet Union; a film about our generation, who were unknowingly brought to the front line of the Cold War. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children's world views in those days. Finnish television was a window to a world of dreams that the authorities could not block in any way. Though Finnish channels were banned, many households found some way to access the forbidden fruit. c2009. 80 min. DVD X5107

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Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Rock Video
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The Electronic Storyteller: Television and the Cultivation of Values.
Storytelling and humanity -- Effect vs. cultivation -- An example: violence and the media -- Casting and fate -- Stories of gender -- Stories of class -- Stories of race -- The politics of storytelling. Outlines the way in which the universal storytelling function of human societies has been colonized by corporate media in the modern world. Explains the role that the media environment plays in how we think about ourselves. Gerbner, a leading researcher on the social effects of television, provides an analytic framework to understand what is at stake in the debates about media and the implication for our political and social culture. Films are also included in the definition of media. c2002. 30 min. DVD 6718

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Electronic Media Summit
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Washington D.C.: C-SPAN, 1994. 3 videocassettes (310 min.) Video/C 3183 Pt. 1-3

Contents Panel 1: Society and the future of electronic media -- Keynote address: Vice President Al Gore -- Panel 2: The future of television programming -- Panel 3: Consumers and the future of electronic media -- Panel 4: Media industry executives discussion.

Conference moderator, Richard Frank ; panel moderators, Pat Harvey, Lynn Sherr, Paul Saffo, Bernard Shaw.

A one day conference on the future of electronic media which includes a keynote address by VP Al Gore and four panel discussions by media developers, broadcasters and executives concerning future developments in "this new world of cyberspace...the superinformation highway." Video/C 3183 Pt. 1-3

Panel 1: Robert Johnson (Black Entertainment TV), Deborah Kaplan (World Institute of Disability, Technology Div.), Mitchell Kapor (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Robert Kavner (AT&T), Alan Kay (Apple Computer), Ruth Otte.

Panel 2: Bob Iger (ABC), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Walt Disney), Geraldine Laybourne (Nickelodeon), Scott Sassa (Turner Enter.), Lucie Salhany (Fox), Tom Kalinske (SEGA).

Panel 3: Paul Goldberger (NY Times), Jerry Della Femina (Advertising exec.), Bob Crestani (William Morris), Quincy Jones (TV producer), Alan Schwartz (Bear Stearns), Edward McCracken (Silicon Graphics).

Panel 4: Philip Quigley (Pacific Bell), Ray Smith (Bell Atlantic), Gerald Levin (Time Warner), Rupert Murdoch (News Corp.), Michael Eisner (Walt Disney), Mickey Schulhof (Sony).

Erik Barnouw Looks at Television and Election: Is U.S. Democracy Going Down the Tube?
Paper Tiger TV. Erik Barnouw presents his views of the American election process which requires political candidates to become indebted to special interest groups in order to amass the huge sums of money required to "sell" themselves through mass media to the American voters. Barnouw makes proposals for changing this current "anti-democratic" process. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. Video/C 2582

Ethnic Notions.
Written and directed by Marlon Riggs. Discusses the racist depiction of blacks in American popular and material culture. c1987. 57 min. Video/C 1024

Fact is Stranger Than Fiction.
A collection of seven short videorecordings and films which comprise worlds made up of fantasy, illusion, fact, and speculation. Focusing primarily on women, each work addresses the ambiguous questions of what and how we believe. Contents: Illusions / produced, written and directed by Julie Dash -- Kleenex Napkin's Cling like cloth -- Semiotics of the kitchen / Martha Rosler -- Design for dreaming / M.P.O. Productions -- Possibly in Michigan / written & directed by Cecelia Condit -- Art world wizard / by Carole Ann Klonarides, Michael Owen -- Leaving the 20th century / a videotape by Max Almy. c1987. 90 min. Video/C 3181

Four Hours a Year: The Making of "The March of Time"
The "March of Time" newsreel series covered the news for motion picture audiences before television from 1935 to 1951. This documentary features interviews with its creative team who cover topics including reporting styles, logistical difficulties with big 35mm cameras and huge lights, the use of re-enactments, technical details for a "natural look", lack of zooms or panning, flat lighting, wide angle lens and distortion, the difference between "the truth of yesterday and the truth of today" and the influence of this newsreel series on today's television journalism.

Contents: Newsreel excerpts: Tour of the White House in Roosevelt-Landon election race -- Father Coughlin, formation of a National Union for Political Justice -- First nationwide radio broadcasts by a religious preacher -- New York City's Mayor LaGuardia -- Huey Long in Louisiana -- French Maginot Line before WWII -- Dominican Republic -- New England in 1940. 1974. 56 min. Video/C 5965

Framing an Execution: ABC News and the Case of Mumia Abu Jamal
This program describes the coverage of the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist on Pennsylvania's death row in connection with the death of a police officer, by the ABC News television program 20/20. It examines how reporter Sam Donaldson's framing of the case stands up to the available facts and how it measures up to basic journalistic standards of fairness, balance and accuracy. 2001. 70 min. Video/C 8762

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Gay and Lesbian Images on Television: An Overview
One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. This film explores gay and lesbian images and issues presented in television sit-coms and dramas through comments by the creators of "Thirtysomething," "Ellen," and "In the Life." Includes clips from the shows and a call-in question-and-answer session. Panel: Howard Rosenberg, Donna Red Wing, Richard Kramer ("Thirtysomething"), Tim Doyle ("Ellen"), Rhona J. Bernstein, John Catania ("In the Life"). Presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California." Preceded by an introduction by Mike Wallace and Bill Clinton to the newly opened Museum of Television and Radio in Los Angeles (5 min.). 1998. 89 min. Video/C 5684

The Gulf Crises TV Project.
Contents: v. 1. War, oil and power; Operation dissidence-- v. 2. Getting out of the sand trap; Bring our troops home ; Bring our troops home . News coverage of opposition to American involvement in the war in Iraq, of the philosophies of the dissenters and actions taken to inform the American public of their opinions. 1991. 120. min. Video/C 2165

Hispanics in the Media
From news anchors to editors, from actors to filmmakers-- Hispanics are making their presence known in television and the motion picture industry. Discrimination still exists, however. In this program Hispanics who have made it describe how they did it, the problems they encountered along the way, the hurdles that remain, and the growth potential in the ever-expanding Hispanic media marketplace. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 44 min. Video/C 6557

Hot Spots: Multimedia Analyses of Political Ads.
Political advertising studies illustrating how music, text, metaphor, genre, image, color, delivery, tempo, and location all combine to "orchestrate" political meaning in campaign advertisements and electioneering. Contents: 1. Paradigms of politics -- 2. How music and image deliver argument -- 3. Orchestrating politics -- 4. Communicating feeling -- 5. The politics of feeling. 1997. 63 min. DVD 7303 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 7235

If It Bleeds, It Leads.
A discussion of the use of sensational news stories by local television news programs, focusing on Channel 22 in Dayton, Ohio. Dist. Cinema Guild. c1985. 15 min. Video/C 4079

If It's Too Bad To Be True, It Could Be Disinformation
In a collusion of text and image, Rosler re-presents the NBC Nightly News and other broadcast reports to analyze their deceptive syntax and capture the confusion inserted intentionally into the news script. The artist questions the fallibility of electronic transmission by emphasizing the distortion and malapropism that occurs as result of technical interference. Stressing the fact that there's never a straight story, Rosler asserts her presence in character-generated text that isolates excerpts from her sources, rolling over the manipulated images. In Rosler's barrage of media information, the formal structure is inseparable from her political analysis. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1985. 17 min. DVD 8443

Introduction to the End of an Argument
Combining news soundbytes, movie clips and documentary footage shot in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the filmmakers critique Western-based representations of Arab culture. The artists cleverly mimic the Western media tableau in an exhilarating mix of fragmented stereotypes from mainstream movies to prime-time news. 1994. 41 min. Video/C 3627

It's Only TV (The 90's Home Video Collection).
Contents: New York tv demonstration / by Skip Blumberg, Esti Galili Marpet -- Todd Alcott / by Skip Blumberg -- Daisy, Howard Rosenberg, Peter Stranger / by Nancy Cain -- National Religious Broadcasters Convention / by Eddie Becker -- Big screen delivery / by Nancy Cain -- Joe Isuzu / by Della Famina McNamee, Inc. The television series looks at "people, places and ideas from around the world...fast-paced, entertaining, irreverent, funny and thought-provoking reports from the creative edge of the video age"--container. This segment examines television - not what's on it, but how watching it affects us. 1991. 60 min. DVD X1372 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2201

Jimmy Swaggart: Friday, February 19, 1988 & Monday, February 22, 1988 / ABC News.
On Feb. 19, 1988, new allegations surfaced that TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart was involved in sexual philandering and may have to step down. On Feb. 22, he tearfully confessed to sexual misconduct on religious television. Nightline examines, through interviews with Evangelical pastors and others: How will TV evangelism cope with yet another scandal? 45 min. Video/C 5762

Ken Burns, the Historical Narrative on Television.
One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. Ken Burns, the maker of such television documentaries as Brooklyn Bridge; The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God; Huey Long; Statue of Liberty; The Civil War; Empire of the Air; and Baseball; discusses his filmmaking which uses archival photographs, newsreel footage and memoirs to explore the past. Includes clips from his films and a call-in question-and-answer session. Presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California (November 19, 1996. 85 min. Video/C 4658

The Killing Screens: Media and the Culture of Violence.
Contents: 1. Stories of power -- 2. Happy violence -- 3. Accelerating violence -- 4. Violence is a social relationship -- 5. Lessons of violence -- 6. Citizenship in the cultural environment -- 7. What parents, teachers, and schools can do. Host, Jean Kilbourne, with George Gerbner. Explores why there is so much violence on television and its effects on viewers. Addresses psychological, political, social, and developmental impacts of growing and living within a cultural environment of pervasive, ritualized violent representation. Suggests new ways of thinking about the negative effects of mass media on society, and discusses what can be done. Questions and ideas are based on the results of a 20-year ongoing study, the Cultural Indicators Project, by Dr. George Gerbner.

"Addressing the question of violence and the media, Gerbner urges us to think about the effects of the media in new and complex ways. In contrast to the relatively simplistic behaviorist theory that media violence causes real-world violence, he encourages us to think about the psychological, political, social, and development impacts of growing up and living within a cultural environment of pervasive, ritualized violent images. Media violence is not a simple act, but the representation of a complex social relationship that teaches who can get away with what against whom. It is an important socializing factor in cultivating ideas about the nature of the social world." c1994.41 min. DVD 4889; also vhs Video/C 3581

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Killing Us Softly.
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Killing Us Softly 3.
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Killing Us Softly 4
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Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Strength to Resist
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Still Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Media Images on Women and Girls
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The Made for TV Election.
Tells how television election coverage serves the needs of the television industry more than the needs of the electorate. 1988. 90 min. DVD 7304 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1821

Magic in the Sky.
Tells how the issue of who would control the content of television programming became a topic of immense concern when, in 1972, Canada launched a telecommunications satellite. Shows how a coalition of Inuits got access to a satellite channel for six months and created their own programming. Looks at the potential impact of network television. 57 min. NRLF B 3 969 289

March of Time
For listing of MRC March of Time holdings, see U.S. History Videography

The Media's Influence on the Things We Do
Beginning with a concise history of the media, this program explores the effects of TV and other information and entertainment sources on personal attitudes and actions as well as on public opinion. The impact of how appearance, language, and behavior are portrayed is considered. Concludes with tips on how to become a more critical viewer. 2001. 25 min. DVD 2017

The Media's Influence on What We Buy
Philosophers, communication professors and advertising executives discuss various aspects of the media's influence on consumer behavior. The program looks at the craft of advertising, explaining the difference between needs and wants, while analyzing the power of celebrity endorsements, the psychological advantage of product placement, and other aspects of the business. 2001. 18 min. DVD 2019

Merchandising Murder: the O.J. Simpson Industry.
It's been called the trial of the century -- former football star O.J. Simpson facing charges of murderinghis wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. But is the trial itself the cause of all the fuss or has the event been manufactured by the media and merchandisers seeking to exploit the case? Film examines the huge million dollar industry which has sprung up to cash in on the compatible with the rights of the accused in a nation where murder seems to pay for everyone but the victims. 1994. 48 min. Video/C 4085

Mythmaking: The Balkans: A Look at the News Coverage of the War in the Former Yugoslavia
Various historians, media critics and activists critically examine the mainstream media and the misleading news coverage of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. They discuss the consequences of oversimplified and dramatic reporting of this complex issue. 1994. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 29 min. Video/C 3641

The O. J. Simpson trial. Pt.1, Background and Opening Statements
Coverage of background information and opening statements before Judge Ito in the televised trial of O. J. Simpson for the murders of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994. 60 min. Video/C 4084

Off the Straight & Narrow: Lesbians,Gays, Bisexuals & Television.
This is the first in-depth documentary film to cast a critical eye over the growth of gay images on television. Leading media scholars provide the historical and cultural context for exploring the implications of these new representations for political and cultural meanings. 1998. 63 min. Video/C 5709

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On Television: The Violence Factor.
Host Edwin Newman explores the impact of television violence on viewers, especially on young children, through interviews with actors, network executives, media analysts, mental health researchers, children, and interested adults. c1984. 60 min. Video/C 2649

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Onward Christian Soldiers.
A Dutch filmaker explores the phenomenal growth and influence of the Christian Right, not only on American politics and diplomacy, but also on American culture. She follows its leaders, Bob Billings, director of the Moral Majority, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Jimmy Swaggart and other TV evangelists to show how the electronic pulpit reaches a mass audience. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4562

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Persistence of Vision: Monitoring the Media.
The first of a series of videodiscs that present examples of some of the best recent video art including parodies, political analysis, computer animation, unusual narrative forms and other elements that exploit the power of video. This first volume presents nine video works that portray broadcast television as a tool of commerce and state power. Contents: Why I got into TV / Irene Segalove -- Television delivers people / Richard Serra, Carlota Fay Schoolman -- Three transitions / Peter Campus --The President's world / Gorilla Tapes -- Excerpts and euphoria / Edward Mowbray -- The pastrami sandwich / Irene Segalove -- Dragnet kiss / Irene Segalove -- Composite news composite / Nancy Burson -- The eternal frame / Ant Farm, T. R. Uthco.c1988. 58 min. Video/D 113

Picture Power, 1963. (People's Century.)
This film examines the development of the power of television to sway public opinion and unite the world. Includes televised coverage of the 1939 World's Fair, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, man's first steps on the moon, the Munich Olympics, direct satellite broadcasting and the revolution in Eastern Europe in 1989. All became, through television, the shared experiences of humankind thanks to the immediacy of the small screen. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 6437

Prime-time Animation: A Conversation with the Creators of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and South Park
One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. This film explores the creation of prime time animation in conversation with the four writers of "The Simpsons," "King of the Hill," and "South Park, " who have set the look, style and content of prime time television animation for the past decade. Includes clips from the shows and a call-in question-and-answer session. This seminar is presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California, (October 8, 1998). Preceded by an introduction by Mike Wallace and Bill Clinton to the newly opened Museum of Television and Radio in Los Angeles (5 min.). 88 min. 1998. Video/C 5614

A Question of Evidence.
Presents testimony by key witnesses to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send O.J. Simpson to trial. Shows Court TV broadcast excerpts from the preliminary hearing before Judge Kathleen Kennedy Powell. Includes defense attorneys Gerald Uelman and Robert Shapiro, and prosecutors Willia Hodgman and Marcia Clark. c1994. 51min. Video/C 4083

Race Against Prime Time.
Documentary which explores how television news coverage of violent racial conflicts acts in complicated ways to exacerbate community and individual conflicts. 1985. 60 min. Video/C 1443

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The Real Ellen Story.
Examines the controversial television Sitcom "Ellen" in which a major character reveals that she is a lesbian. Includes interviews with actors and ABC/Disney executives. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 5885

Remote Control
The average American child spends over 40 hours per week consuming media, the equivalent of a full-time job. This means that by the time children born today turn 30, they will have spent an entire decade of their lives in front of some type of screen. Remote Control, based on the findings of the Kaiser Family Foundation's landmark study Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18-year-olds, examines the implications of this unprecedented level of exposure. This documentary explores the media habits of two families, supplementing their powerful personal insights with testimony from media experts, educators, and policymakers. Examines the centrality of media in our lives, revealing far-reaching effects that we are only beginning to understand, and suggesting ways we might begin to help our children live a life instead of watching one. A Bob Mckinnon film. 2007. 38 min. DVD X6797

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Representation & the Media.
Stuart Hall, a renown public speaker and teacher, lectures on the central ideas of cultural studies--that reality is not experienced directly, but through the lens of culture, through the way that human beings represent and tell stories about the world in which they live. Using visual examples, Hall shows how the media--and especially the visual media--have become the key players in the process of modern story telling. c1997. 55 min. DVD 4917; vhs Video/C 4654
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Serial for Breakfast
In 1991 India was a one channel television industry held by Doordarshan with 150 million viewers, then the market exploded; city after city was strung up by small time cable operators armed with a satellite dish and the promise of choice. Now Doordarshan, The Indian National Television Network, is one of the largest broadcasting organizations in the world, covering 87% of the country's 950 million people. 1998. 50 min. Video/C MM553

Sexual and Racial Stereotypes in the Media
A two-part series scrutinizing the media in order to both expose and understand common sources of bias and the intentions behind them. c2008. Dist.: Films Media Group.

Racial Stereotypes in the Media
Racial stereotypes are constantly being redefined and reinforced on TV and in movies, in magazines and on the Web and in video games. They frame perceptions, reinforce prejudices, and promote a fear of the "other." Part 2: This program examines the relationship between mass media and social constructions of race from political and economic perspectives while looking at the effects media can have on audiences. 42 min. DVD 9771

Sexual Stereotypes in the Media
Sexual stereotypes are constantly being redefined and reinforced on TV and in movies, in magazines and on the Web and in video games. They frame perceptions, reinforce prejudices, and promote a fear of the "other." Part 1: This program examines the relationship between mass media and social constructions of sexuality from political and economic perspectives while looking at the effects media can have on audiences. 42 min. DVD 9775

Sexual Stereotypes in Media: Superman and the Bride.
Film shows how pervasive stereotypical images of man as "superman" and woman as his slavish bride are in film and television, in the fiction on which programming is based, and even in so-called documentaries. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 37 min. Video/C 2824

Sexual Stereotypes in the Media.
More than ever before, Americans are being bombarded-- and acculturated--by the media, and only discerning individuals will recognize the sexual biases that all too often are a part of each day's worth of information and entertainment. This program focuses on identifying and looking beyond categorical stereotypes of women, men, gays, and lesbians. 2001. 25 min. DVD 2018

Six O'clock and All's Well
The film is a dispassionate examination of the processes and values of broadcast journalism. Raises questions about the social, political, and human impacts of the news while focusing on the local news program of a major New York City station, WABC. Among the issues raised through interviews with the station staff, studio/newsroom activity, and dissection of story are: manipulation of story content, news as theater, the economic factors influencing decision-making, and personal interest and its effects on stories. 59 min. NRLF B 3 969 223

Six O'clock News
A film by Ross McElwee. Both fascinated and repulsed by the media's ability to capture the worst aspects of life in America, Ross McElwee ponders the odds of dodging catastrophe in a world as threatening as the one he sees in the six o'clock news. 1996. 103 min. Video/C MM493

Slaying the Dragon / Slaying the Dragon Reloaded
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Soap Operas.
Takes the viewer behind the scenes to witness the production of a daily television serial. Also examines the relationship that exists between soap opera fans and their favorite serials. 1982. 30 min. DVD X617 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 411

Teach the Children
Edwin Newman explores the impact of extensive television viewing on young children through interviews with educators, psychologists, media analysts, mental health researchers, children, and interested adults. c1992. 57 min. Video/C 2547

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Television and Terrorism, Who Calls the Shots?
Reviews the events of Sept. 27, 1990 in Berkeley, Calif. when 33 people were held hostage and one killed by Merhdad Dashti in the Durant Hotel. A panel of newscasters discusses the challenges and techniques of broadcasting news without editing directly from the sight of crisis situations. Moderated by Fred Friendly. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 1803

Television and the Eclipse of Literacy.[Sound Recording]
Todd Gitlin speaks at the Conference held at the Bellevue Club, Oakland, California, November 14, 1993. Sponsored by the Alumni Association of the School of Library and Information Studies. University of California, Berkeley. Storage Info: JR 79 574

Television and the Presidency.
Performer: Chalmers Roberts, Bob Merry, Gwen Ifill, Tom Wicker, Helen Thomas, Lou Cannon, Ellen Hume, Russell Baker, Gerald Seib, Charles Bailey, Bob Clark, Ann Compton, Randall Pinkston, Ray Scherer, Reuven Frank, Ed Fouhy, Wallace Westfeldt, Pierre Salinger, Joe Laitin, Ron Ziegler, Ron Nessen, Jody Powell, Jim Brady, Marlin Fitzwater, Dee Dee Myers, Mike Deaver, Clark Clifford, Norman Ornstein, Stephen Hess. A 3 part series examining the impact that television has had on U.S. presidents. Program 1 examines the use of mass communications by F.D. Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. The focus then turns to Kennedy and Reagan who used television to their advantage. Program 2 examines how presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Bush tried to use television but instead were used by the medium. Program 3 examines the mixed success of Clinton and asks how television has affected the balance of power between the president and congress. Based on a series of 3 hour-long discussions held in Washington with virtually all of the living former and current White House press secretaries and with print and television journalists. c1994. 90 min. Video/C 3595

The Television Explosion.
Explains that, of all the technical innovations in the past fifty years, none has pervaded people's daily lives so much as television. Looks at the new technologies that are creating a second television revolution which could well transform people's lives again. 1982. 3/4" UMATIC 60 min. Video/C 936

Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity
Tough Guise is the first program to look systematically at the relationship between the images of popular culture and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. in the late 20th century. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that there is a crisis in masculinity and that some of the guises offered to men as a solution (rugged individualism, violence) come loaded with attendant dangers to women, as well as other men. 1999. 80 min. DVD 4913; vhs Video/C 6606
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Truth About Lies: Tube is Reality.
Companies that provide television networks with advertising revenues want conflict-free, optimistic, and bland programming that won't raise anxieties or doubts about American life or values. This film examines the utopian view of life presented via television, and questions its influence on viewers. The program finds a world which has little to do with reality and perhaps much more to do with the dispensation of comforting ideological lies--a tactic often employed in totalitarin societies.1991. 52 min. Video/C 1157

TV Democracy.
Explores the impact of television on politics and government. It explores television and campaigns -- commercial as well as reportorial, and television journalism -- its strengths, its shortcomings, and some long-range implications. Opinions are presented on the he value of television as a source of information. 1979. Video/C 234

TV Evangelists: Monday, March 23, 1987, Tuesday, March 24, 1987 / ABC News.
This segment of Nightline raises questions about television evangelism. Tele-evangelists raise millions of dollars, but exactly where does the money go? Who monitors these organizations? Also television evangelist Jim Bakker is accused of adultery and resigns. Is it a holy house cleaning or are religious businessmen simply engaged in a mudslinging contest? Includes interviews with Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart and others. c1990. 61 min. Video/C 5761

TV News
Host John Cameron Swayze, television's first national anchormen, examines how the drive for ratings has led to some dazzeling newsroom "packages". 1982. 30 min. Video/C 407

TVTV

Adland: Where Commercials Come From
Documents the process of making commercials for television. Visits the locations of several commercials and interviews George Lois, Jerry Della Femina and Mason Reese. 1974. 60 min. DVD X1447 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2042

Four More Years.
Affords unusual coverage of the Thirtieth Republican National Convention which re-nominated Richard Nixon for President. Includes a wheelchair parade of disabled veterans protesting the war in Vietnam, shots of grotesque costumes worn by the protestors and views of some of the delegates on these subjects. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1972. 60 min. Video/C MM1171

Gerald Ford's America
Scrutinizes the "first one hundred days" of the Ford presidency. In Part 1 WIN (the title refers to the slogan "Whip Inflation Now"), the TVTV crew follows Ford on a goodwill tour of his old constituency in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having promised to end the "national nightmare" of Vietnam and Watergate, Ford took office only to face inflation and a looming recession. Ironically contrasting political rhetoric with the reality of working and middle-class America, TVTV juxtaposes a main point of Ford's platform -- that Americans should curb their spending habits -- with a GOP fundraiser in which wealthy patrons bid extravagantly for a football once held by Ford. In Part 2 Chick to sheik, the filmmakers examine the assertion that political deal-making occurs at the social level, they take careful note of the high cost of entertaining: $10,000 for one diplomatic function. As an ironic footnote to history, the tape culminates in a party for the Shah of Iran at the Iranian Embassy, complete with birthday toasts to the soon-to-be-ousted ruler. [Part 1] Win (28 min.), 1975 -- [Part 2] Chic to sheik (28 min.), 1975. Produced by TVTV and the TV Lab at WNET/Thirteen; producer, David Loxton. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. Video/C MM1167

Lord of the Universe
The first independent video documentary made for national broadcast on public television, The Lord of the Universe is an expose of the Guru Maharaj Ji and his Millenium '73 gathering at the Houston Astrodome. With a scathing economy, TVTV lays bare the corruption and hypocrisy of the Maharaj Ji and his entourage, showing the guru as he dispenses pseudo-mystical knowledge to his true believers, led by former antiwar activist Rennie Davis. TVTV's use of portable video equipment afforded them access to the guru's entourage and the duped devotees of the new religion, faded flower children whose yearning for order and meaning seem emblematic of the nation's disaffection and uncertainty in the Watergate and Vietnam era. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 60 min. Video/C MM1173

Superbowl, 1976
The inside story of the 1976 Super Bowl; the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, based on interviews with the players, their wives and some fans, plus the media coverage of the game. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1976. 50 min. Video/C MM1175

Top Value Television(Surveying the first decade : video art and alternative media in the U.S. ; 8)
1972. 60 min. Video/C 9410

TVTV
A documentary about TVTV shot by one of its own members, this first segment of WNET/Thirteen's VTR series was produced while the collective was in Washington working on Gerald Ford's America. Videotaped by Andy Mann, the film includes equipment demonstrations by Alan Rucker, Megan Williams and Skip Blumberg, among others; TVTV members elaborating on the collective's working methods and philosophy; and excerpts from Four More Years, The Lord of the Universe, and Gerald Ford's America. The result is a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at the energy, humor and intelligence that informed TVTV's unique video journalism. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. c1975. 29 min. Video/C MM1169

TVTV Looks at the Oscars
Shows what goes on behind the scenes as to who gets nominated for, and who actually wins, the Oscars (Academy Awards) that are given each year for best movie, best director, best actor, etc. Included is some drama with Lily Tomlin as a fictional Middle-American woman watching the televised Oscar ceremony at home. Tomlin, nominated for best supporting actress in Robert Altman's Nashville in 1975, is also seen as she attends the actual awards ceremony. With Tomlin serving as a fulcrum between insiders and outsiders, TVTV records the lead up to and letdown after the ceremony, revealing the vagaries of fame and stardom. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1976. 60 min. Video/C MM1174

The World's Largest TV Studio
In 1972, TVTV brought their low-budget, free-form journalistic techniques to the floor of the Democratic Presidential Convention in Miami. Using lightweight, 1/2-inch Portapak equipment, which allowed them greater mobility and spontaneity than the networks, the crew moved around the Convention floor with ease and speed. They came away with shrewd, sardonic portraits of the politicians, delegates and voters, providing an irreverent picture of the behind-the-scenes political maneuvering. TVTV's close coverage of the California delegation, as well as the successful battle to unseat Chicago mayor Richard Daley and his delegates, exemplifies the collective's verite methods. Presented without commentary, TVTV's candid, close-up coverage offers a revealing look at one of the foundations of the American political process. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 59 min. Video/C MM1172

TV Violence & You. (Beyond the News.)
Well-known expert on violence, George Gerbner, analyzes one week of television shows to determine their level of violence. He analyzes the effects on viewers of both blatant violence and subtle violent imagery; violent relationships portrayed between men and women, within the context of the growing incidence of rape; and violence at sports events. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 6896

T.V.'s Promised Land
Presentes a collage gleaned from TV footage appearing between September 2000 and the middle of 2003 showing how Western media depicts Arabs and Muslims. Includes excerpts from Hollywood movies, cartoons, cable news networks, and European news broadcasts. Asserts that Western media has boosted the "good vs. evil" rhetoric of politicans and pundits such as George W. Bush and Colin Powell concerning the Arab/Muslim world. 2003. 75 min. DVD 3380

Under Siege: Palestinians and the U.S. Media.
Various Middle East experts comment upon the biased views of American newscasters when they are reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israel. Ignorance, negative stereotyping of Arabs, a single-minded focus on terrorists and a bias for Israel by American journalists is explored. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1991?. Video/C 2581

Universal Newsreels
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The Video McLuhan
Written & narrated by Tom Wolfe. Contents: 1. McLuhan videos 1958-1964 (51 min.) -- 2. McLuhan videos 1965-1970 (40 min.) -- 3. McLuhan videos 1972-1979 (43 min.) -- 4. Ohio State Univ. panel 1958 (30 min.) -- 5. Florida St. Univ. lecture 1970 (55 min.) -- 6. York Univ. lecture 1979 (31 min.).

Performers: Gilbert Seldes, Frank Kermode, Tom Snyder, Malcolm Muggeridge, Norman Mailer, Robert Fulford, Tom Brokaw, David Frost, Woody Allen. Presents the most complete video record of communications theorist Marshall McLuhan. Using video footage from the 1940's to the late 1970's, this program traces the development of McLuhan's thinking and takes the viewer through McLuhan's rise to prominence on the world stage. McLuhan discusses and argues his themes in the classroom, on the lecture circuit, on TV talk shows and newsmagazine programs. 6 videocassettes (250 min.) Video/C 4503

Virtual Objectivity: Media and the Critics
Professor Noam Chomsky discusses the role of the increasing corporatization of the global mass media and evaluates the concept of journalistic "objectivity" in that context. Janos Horvat, notes that television news in America is show business while Edward Bishop says the media is not separate from society but reflects society. Charles Klotzer and Bishop point out that Americans do not cover issues from the "left" point of view as do the Europeans. This film also describes the role of CNN, with its global point of view and compares it to the more insular network television in the United States. 1996. 30 min. Video/C 9259

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What a Girl Wants
Eleven girls ages 8 to 16 from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and two classrooms of middle and high school students discuss their views on mass media and how it impacts their lives. Juxtaposing footage culled from a typical week of television broadcasting with original interviews examines how the media presents girls. c2000. 33 min. Video/C 9175

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Windows on Asia-Pacific: Asian Television Commercials.
What do television commercials reveal about the non-Western world? This documentary examines how sensibilities differ between East and West as seen through the lens of advertising imagery. TV commercials from China, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Japan, India, Canada and the Republic of Korea are highlighted with commentary by advertising executives from each of the countries. In English and various languages with English voiceovers.1999.49 min. Video/C 6191

Women Seen on Television.
Blends narration, clips of broadcast footage (advertising and program content) and rock music into a fast-paced, critical look at television's stereotypical view of women. c1991. 11 min. Video/C 2596

Gender and Media

The Beauty Backlash
With it's "Real beauty" marketing campaign, the Dove brand struck a chord with women skeptical of unhealthy or absurd standards of attractiveness. This program investigates consumer reactions against the idealized images of beauty promoted by TV, movies, and glossy magazines, while exploring the complex relationship between corporate strategy and feminine self-esteem. What are the implications for the global cosmetics and fashion industries? High-level insights concerning Dove, L'Oreal, and advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi provide a fascinating departure point for a socioeconomic discourse. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 30 min. DVD 8871

Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer.
music videos. Follows three young women as they compete for roles in hip hop music videos. Through their eyes we see how this world has impacted their personal values, their career ambitions and their concepts of beauty and self-image. Written and directed by Elizabeth St. Philip. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2005. 71 min. DVD 6687

Buying Into Sexy
A report on how marketers, especially in the clothing industry, are selling a grown-up, sexy image to pre-teen girls. This program follows the daily lives of tween girls, recording their perceptions of fashion, celebrities, boys and themselves. Interviews with both concerned and clueless parents are included, as well as a glimpse into corporate decision making that impacts tween culture. Conversations with Candie's CEO and a hard look at MuchMusic programming practices enhance this social analysis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2007. 26 min. DVD 8870

Calling the Shots.
Focuses on the diversity of films being made by women today, the power structure of the industry and the women who hold such power. c1989. 118 min. Video/C 2875

Codes of Gender
Communication scholar Sut Jhally applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking analysis of advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape in this provocative new film about gender as a ritualized commercial performance. Uncovering a remarkable pattern of gender-specific poses, Jhally explores Goffman's central claim that the way the body is displayed in advertising communicates normative ideas about masculinity and femininity. The film looks beyond advertising as a medium that simply sells products, and beyond analyses of gender that focus on biological difference or issues of surface objectification and beauty, taking us into the two-tiered terrain of identity and power relations. Contents: Sex & gender -- The feminine touch -- The ritualization of subordination -- Licensed withdrawal -- Infantalization -- Codes of masculinity -- Trapped in the code -- History, power & gender display.Written, edited & narrated by Sut Jhally. 73 min. c2009. DVD X2225

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Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation
Filmmaker Nicole Clark, a former Elite International fashion model, calls for a necessary change: integrity and responsible media for our youth. An examination of how advertising and the cult of celebrity have deeply and negatively impacted teens and young women, the film pairs ads and footage from the catwalks with shocking interviews with editors from top fashion magazines. The film juxtaposes these interviews with revealing insights from parents, teachers, psychologists, body image experts and most importantly, the heartfelt expressions of girls themselves on how they feel about the media that surrounds them. Directed and produced by Nicole Clark. 2009. 80 min. DVD X3801

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Crack in the Tube.
Humorously de-constructs some of the female roles represented on television with the underlying suggestion that a greater variety of visions and ovices ought to be possible. Multiple shorts- see Gladis using long display for individual titles. c1987. 90 min. Video/C 3766

Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Rock Video
Shows scenes from over 165 music videos to illustrate how women are portrayed in male-created videos, examining such issues as masculinity, femininity, sex, and sex roles. Questions the impact that the portrayal of sex and sexual relations in mass media have on society and culture in our everyday life. Includes a scene of a brutal gang rape from the movie, The accused. Written, edited & narrated by Sut Jhally. 1991, 57 min. DVD 4892

Dreamworlds 2.
A controversial video that MTV tried to ban by threat of legal action if it was released. Portrays the impact that sex and violence in media have on society and culture in our everyday life. Shows scenes from over 165 music videos to show how the media portrays masculinity, femininity, sex, and sex roles. Includes a scene of a brutal gang rape from the movie, The accused. Updated ed. of the 1991 program: Dreamworlds (DVD 4892) c1995. 57 min. Video/C 4057

Dreamworlds 3
Examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality. Illustrated with hundreds of up-to-date images, Dreamworlds 3 offers a unique and powerful tool for understanding both the continuing influence of music videos and how pop culture more generally filters the identities of young men and women through a dangerously narrow set of myths about sexuality and gender. In doing so, it inspires viewers to reflect critically on images that they might otherwise take for granted. A look at how the narratives of music videos shape individual & cultural attitudes toward femininity, masculinity, sexuality and race. Update of Dreamworlds 2 (1995) & Dreamworlds (DVD 4892). Written, edited & narrated by Sut Jhally. c2007. DVD 8367

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Generation M: Misogyny in Media & Culture
Despite the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a presistent force in American culture. This documentary examines the sexism that continues to proliferate in media depictions, entertainment, and society. Interviewees include Jean Kilbourne (Killing Us Softly), Jackson Katz (Tough Guise), and many others. Looks at the selling of sex as a form of female empowerment, idealized beauty, gender training, misogyny in music and games, and the double standards that exist in media and society when it comes to women and men, as well as recommendations for change. Written, produced, and directed by Thomas Keith. c2008. 60 min. DVD X148

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Hollywood Harems.
This documentary examines Hollywood stereotypes of the East, with particular attention paid to the Middle East and the depiction of women of the East. Juxtaposing film clips from the 20s through the 80s, the filmmaker argues these fantasies have worked both to shape and reinforce often derogative assumptions about the peoples of the East while at the same time reinscribing the moral, spiritual, and cultural supremacy of the Anglo-European West. 1999. 25 min. Video/C 7079

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Killing Us Softly.
A study of the psychological and sexual themes that pervade today's advertising for products. c1979. 30 min. Video/C 443

Still Killing Us Softly
Continues discussion about the manner in which women are portrayed by advertising. c1987. 32 min. Video/C 1116

Killing Us Softly 3
Jean Kilbourne reviews if and how the image of women in advertising has changed over the last 20 years. With wit and warmth, she uses over 160 ads and commercials to critique advertising's image of women, inviting viewers to look at familiar images in a new way, that moves and empowers them to take action. c2000. 34 min. DVD 1410; vhs Video/C 6979
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Killing Us Softly 4
In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing us softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes--images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing us softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence. Contents: Introduction -- Ads everywhere -- A constructed beauty -- Objectification -- Judged by looks alone -- Thinness -- Dieting -- Eating & morality -- Global impact -- Infantilization & powerlessness -- Advertising & sex -- Experienced virgins -- Consumerism & sexualizing products -- Masculinity -- Violence -- What to do? Directed by Sut Jhally. c2010. 45 min. DVD X3570

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Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Media Images on Women and Girls
A documentary about the fight against the toxic and degrading messages to women and girls that dominate the media. The film presents the leading authorities in the fields of psychology of women and girls, eating disorders, gender studies, violence against women, and media literacy -- and focuses their ideas on practical solutions and the best tactics for reclaiming our culture. Produced and directed by Margaret Lazarus [and] Renner Wunderlich. 2000. 2000. 34 min. Video/C 7156

Martha Rosler Reads Vogue
As Rosler leafs through the Vogue Magazine, the ads and the feature articles become indistinguishable. Her exaggerated parody of television commercials for elegant products gradually shifts to direct criticism. 1982. 28 min. Video/C 2193

Miss Representation
Explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media's portrayals of women. Weaves together startling statistics with stories from teenage girls and interviews from the likes of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne and Gloria Steinem all asking the same question: What do young girls see when they view American media? Director, producer, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. 2011. 90 min. DVD X6373

The Role of Women in the Movies.
A history of the treatment of women on the screen. Features sequence from the films of Lillian Gish, Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Pola Negri, Louis Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Mae West. 1979. 29 min.DVD 4219 (preservation copy); Video/C 835 NRLF #: B 4 175 470

Sexism in Language.
This program presents closely analyzed examples that show how sexism and antisexism may be contained in language use - in song lyrics,everyday conversation, newspaper reports, written conversations, and satire. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1991. 20 min. Video/C 2825

Sexism in Language: Thief of Honor, Shaper of Lies
Lynn T. Lovdal explores sexism in both the syntax and semantics of language and shows how it is often unintentional or even unrecognized. She explores four key areas: "female" words that are dependent on a "male" version, words that are more positive for men than for women, words for women that carry negative sexual connotations, and "neutral" words that become inferior when applied to women. c1995. 29 min. Video/C 4115

Sexual Stereotypes in Media: Superman and the Bride.
This program shows how pervasive images are of man as Superman and woman as his slavish bride- on film and TV, in the fiction on which they are based, even in so-called documentaries. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 40 min. Video/C 2824

Sexy Inc.: Our Children Under Influence /
Analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. Experts criticize an unhealthy culture created by advertising and the media, and the many examples shown illustrate how children are reduced to consumers bombarded with images of girls treated as purely sexual objects. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2007. 36 min. DVD 8891

Sisterhood: Hyping the Female Market
Consultants, Minnette Lehmann, Christine Tamblyn. This videotape takes a critical and humorous stab at the recent plethora of "pro-feminist" advertising. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1993. 24 min. Video/C MM1219

Slaying the Dragon Reloaded.
Updates the documentary Slaying the Dragon by noting the effects of globalization and a changing population within the past 25 years. Includes interviews with actresses and other Asian American women who describe their experiences of such stereotyping. Directed/Produced by Elaine H. Kim. 2011. 30 min. DVD X6053

Slaying the Dragon.
This film analyzes the roles and images of Asian women promulgated by the Hollywood film industry and network television over the past fifty years. Also interviews Asian American women and their responses to the impact these stereotypes have on their relationships, their work, and themselves. Produced/directed by Deborah Gee. 60 min. DVD 8550; DVD X6053; vhs Video/C 1496
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Some Nudity Required
A documentary about the inside workings of Hollywood's B-movie industry, featuring film clips and rare interviews with the industry's exploitation vets. Gets to the heart of a widely felt and complex attraction to an exploitive world of filmmaking that specializes in the erotic/slasher/action genre. Interviewees: Roger Corman, Jim Wynorski, Maria Ford, Julie Strain. c1999. 82 min. Video/C 8347

The Souls of Black Girls
This provocative news documentary takes a critical look at media images-- how they are instituted, established and controlled. The film also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images. A documentary film by Daphne S. Valerius. 2008. 52 min. DVD X5207

Wet Dreams and False Images
A brooklyn barber covers his wall with magazine cut-outs of women, however when he is introduced to the art of photo-retouching, his perceptions of beauty are called into question. This award winning documentary uses humor to address serious concerns about the marketing of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. Directed and produced by Jesse Epstein. Dist.: New Day Films. 1994. 11 min. DVD 7167

What a Girl Wants
Eleven girls ages 8 to 16 from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and two classrooms of middle and high school students discuss their views on mass media and how it impacts their lives. Juxtaposing footage culled from a typical week of television broadcasting with original interviews examines how the media presents girls. c2000. 33 min. Video/C 9175

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Women are Good News
Three members of the organization "Women are Good News", a group founded to obtain equal representation of women and women of color in all news media, discuss the lack of women commentators and newscasters on PBS and other television stations. Panelists: Nancy DeStephanis, Peggy Cooley, Kathleen Purcell. c1992. 28 min. Video/C MM1214

Women in the Media.
Participants: Betty Friedan, David Gergen, Renee Poussaint, Nancy Woohull, Eleanor Randolf, Bob Guccione. A Symposium of leading figures in the media discussing issues relating to roles and perceptions of women in the media. 1990. 97 min. Video/C 1906

Women Seen on Television.
Blends narration, clips of broadcast footage and rock music into a critical look at television's stereotypical view of women. c1991. 11 min. Video/C 2596

A Word in Edgewise.
Film explains the role of language in shaping behavior and explores sex bias in everyday speech and writing. Cites illustrations of abuses as well as suggestions to improve awareness of our use and abuse of language. 1986. 26 min. Video/C 3363

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Radio

Calling All Liberals: Air America Radio
Can liberal talk radio succeed? What is the right mix of humor and political advocacy that turns airtime into market share? In this ABC News Program, Chris Bury evaluates the liberal radio network Air America Radio and the undeniably enormous success of conservative radio. Commentary: Stuart Rothenberg ; panel: Al Franken, Blanquita Cullum, Cal Thomas. A panel discussion moderated by Ted Koppel follows the report. Originally broadcast on 04/01/04 on the television program, Nightline. Dist.: Films Media Group. 22 min. DVD 7135

Calling Tokyo: Japanese American Radio Broadcasters During World War II
Documentary about a group of Japanese Americans who were recruited by the British Political Warfare Mission and the U.S. Office of War Information to serve as hosts of Japanese-language radio propaganda broadcasts from Denver during WWII. c2002. 48 min. Video/C MM622

The End of Radio.(End, Media at the Tipping Point)
Today's teens still listen to a lot of music, but it doesn't come from conventional radio. This program takes the pulse of an industry that seems to be on the verge of dying as the shortcomings of airwave radio are measured against internet radio, podcasting, satellite radio, and HD radio. 23 min. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. DVD 8866

The Goat Gland Doctor.
Documents the rise and fall of Dr. John R. Brinkley, who combined a dubious medical practice with radio broadcasting, creating one of the largest and most powerful radio stations of the 1920s and 30s. Brinkley used his radio stations to promote his special surgical operations, most famous of which was his goat gland transplant designed to restore a man's sexual vitality. Traces his rise to wealth and fame and recounts his problems with the American Medical Association and the Federal Radio Commission, which chased him to Mexico and later ruined him. c1986. 58 min. Video/C 9897

Media & Human Rights. [Part 1]
First segment: Reports on the lack of media independence in post-communist Hungary where broadcast media are under attack by the government for its "liberal bias." Second segment: A story on the growing number of journalists who are killed while on assignment throughout the world. Third segment: A profile of the world's most unusual radio station--Belgrade's B-92-- which mixes music with anti-war activism in Serbia's capital. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 28, 1994. Video/C 6711

KPFA On The Air
In 1949, America's first listener-supported community radio station, KPFA, began broadcasting from Berkeley, Calif. The station quickly became a living testament to free speech and cultural diversity -- a vital community of the air that often found itself embroiled in conflict. This film reviews KPFA's passionate 50-year history, including its founding by pacifists and poets, through alternative news coverage of the McCarthy hearings, peace issues, race relations, nuclear disarmanent, nuclear power, student protests, the Black Panther Movement, and the Vietnam War, to the present day challenges that confront this ongoing experiment in democratic media. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 7063

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Lifeline: The History of International Radio
In March of 1927, short-wave radio broadcasts from the Netherlands were received in Indonesia. This watershed event, preceding the BBC and Moscow Radio, marked the beginning of international broadcasting. This documentary traces the 70-year history of world broadcasting and its importance to world communication. World War II leaders broadcast radio messages to Resistance forces and to the thousands living in occupied countries. Propaganda was disseminated by all sides during the Cold War. Program managers from the BBC and Radio Netherlands discuss radio's continuing role as information lifeline to less-developed nations. A film by Rob Hof. Originally produced in 1997. Dist.: Films Media Group. 47 min. DVD 7137

Radio History
Traces the history of radio broadcasting from Marconi's wireless telegraph, to the invention of the vacuum tube by Lee De Forest, through the influence of radio broadcasting pioneer David Sarnoff, to its prominence in the 1930s, and to radio's subsequent competition with television for audience-share. Academic experts discuss the impact of early innovators like Frank Conrad of station KDKA, Pittsburgh, who broadcasted from his garage; the power of personalities to influence mass audiences, citing FDR, Edward R. Murrow, and Orson Welles as examples; radio's role as a vehicle for delivering mass audiences to advertisers; and the superior ability of the radio to entertain and actively engage listeners in the "theater of the mind." This program provides an intriguing look at America's once-dominant mass medium. Originally produced in 1997 as part of the telecourse, Media waves: an introduction to mass communication. Dist.: Films Media Group. 28 min. DVD 7136

C-SPAN Radio: Preserving the Presidency.
Moderator, Josh Mankiewicz ; panelists, Richard Reeves, Jack Valenti. In this seminar panelists focus on audio/visual materials of the Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan administrations that have been preserved and made accessible by C-SPAN and presidential libraries. They consider how this information adds to our knowledge of the Johnson and Reagan presidencies and what these tapes reveal about national security, foreign policy and the executive process. c2005. DVD 5135

Talk Mogadishu: Media Under Fire
Documents the operation of the independent, non-partisan radio and television station, HornAfrik, in the Somali capitol of Mogadishu. The station's very popular talk shows allow marginalized groups, such as human rights advocates and women's groups, to speak out and be heard. HornAfrik is sometimes attacked by warlords angered by the show's content and the station requires armed guards 24 hours a day. Directed by Judy Jackson. 2003. 50 min. DVD 3775

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Voz ao vento: The Clandestine Waves of Brazil
Documentary examining the proliferation of "illegally broadcasting" community radio stations in Brazil and their social impact on the communities they serve. "In the state of Minas Gerais alone more than 5,000 community radios are broadcasting. Anything that's going on in the ghettos, street corners or favelas, It's going to be played on this station." Directed by Ignacio Agote. 2004. 48 min. DVD X7354

Journalism/Media Abroad

Afghan Star
In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American idol-style series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and a record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age. Produced & directed by Havana Marking. 2008. 88 min. DVD X3002

The Agronomist
Tells the story of Haitian national hero, journalist, and freedom fighter Jean Dominique, whom Demme first met and filmed in 1986. As owner and operator of his nation's oldest and only free radio station, Dominique was frequently at odds with his country's various repressive governments and spent much of the 80's and early 90's in exile in New York, where Demme continued to interview him over the years. Dominique fought tirelessly against his country's overwhelming injustice, oppression, and poverty, but it was his shocking and still-unsolved assassination in April of 2000 that gave the director the impetus to assemble more than a decade's worth of material into a celebration of this dynamic man's life and legacy. Directed by Jonathan Demme. 2005. 91 min. DVD 4002

Al Jazeera: Voice of Arabia
Founded in 1996, Al Jazeera was the first 24-hour news channel in the Arab world. This documentary, shot on location in Qatar goes behind the scenes of this Arab independent satellite TV channel. Combining news footage, excerpts from various Al Jazeera programs, and interviews with executives, anchors and journalists, the film explores the paradoxes that emerge between the apparent orthodoxy of Arab societies and the journalistic freedom flaunted by Al Jazeera in a dictatorial culture which does not know the meaning of dialogue. Written and directed by Tewfik Hakem 1993. 52 min. DVD X3436; Video/C 9719

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And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon (Developing Stories).
Using poetry, interviews, music, and clips from television shows, this film highlights the effects of American television broadcasts on local cultures in the Caribbean. The film looks at Cuba's attempts to produce locally-oriented broadcasting, and the response to this from the United States by introducing the anti-Castro station TV Marti. 1992. 50 min. Video/C 3870

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Control Room
A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian casualties as well as footage of American POW's, the station has revealed everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration does not want the public to see. A seminal documentary that explores how "Truth" is gathered, presented, and ultimately created by those who deliver it. 2004. 86 min. DVD 3101

Awards
Full Frame Documentary Festival - Jury Award
International Documentary Association - Honorable Mention

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Covering China
Bruce Dunning, China correspondent for CBS News, discusses the quality of TV news coverage of foreign affairs and the problems reporters face when covering news in China and presents his views on China's political climate and foreign policy. Interviewed by Harry Kreisler and Andrew Stern, director of the Broadcast Journalism Program, U.C. Berkeley. 55 min. NRLF B 3 969 263

Dateline Afghanistan: Reporting the Forgotten War
As the United States and its allies engage in a continuing battle to free Afghanistan of its ties to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, many journalists from around the world cover the ongoing conflict. Noted journalists from The New York Times, the BBC, Time, and The Washington Post as well as others reveal the daily personal and professional pressures they face. Learn how female reporters get the story despite the harsh restrictions placed on women in the country and how the U.S. military presence both aids and hinders journalists in their efforts to give fair and balanced coverage. Producer and director, Bill Gentile 2006. 54 min. DVD 8598

Dateline Afghanistan: Reporting the Forgotten War
As the United States and its allies engage in a continuing battle to free Afghanistan of its ties to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, many journalists from around the world cover the ongoing conflict. Noted journalists from The New York Times, the BBC, Time, and The Washington Post as well as others reveal the daily personal and professional pressures they face. Learn how female reporters get the story despite the harsh restrictions placed on women in the country and how the U.S. military presence both aids and hinders journalists in their efforts to give fair and balanced coverage. Producer and director, Bill Gentile 2006. 54 min. DVD 8598

Dishing Democracy
It makes personal life the topic of public discussion. And it does not shy away from sensitive issues. This report gives an inside look at the popular Arab all-female talk show Kalam Nawaem. The program provides a detailed portrait of the hosts--four highly articulate Arab women of different ages, nationalities, and viewpoints--as they wield the power of transnational satellite TV to boldly and effectively push social reform in primetime. Homosexuality, domestic violence, women voting, and social and political equality between the sexes are all fair game on Kalam Nawaem--and viewers are loving it. Originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS television series Wide Angle on July 31, 2007. Dist.: Films Media Group. 57 min. DVD X656

The Effect of TV on Culture in India
This program focuses on the cultural effects of television broadcasting in India. It examines the rapid rise of satellite TV and cable channels and discusses their role in altering Indian perceptions of caste, class, and gender. Interviews with Indian academics and representatives from TV and film are combined with specific information on TV viewing habits in urban and rural locations in India. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 6114

He Called Himself Surava (Er nannte sich Surava)
This documentary tells the story of Peter Hirsch alias Surava, editor in chief of the legendary German-language Swiss weekly "The Nation," who became the personification of anti-Nazi resistance in Switzerland. Arrested, sentenced, dragged into court time and again on the most absurd charges, he was a victim of antisemitism and an unprecendented campaign of defamation which reduced him to a life of poverty and suffering. 1995. 80 min. Video/C 8038

He Never Wrote "30": A Glimpse Into the Life of Antonio Zumel
Antonio Zumel was a Filipino journalist, political exile, and modern-day revolutionary with a legacy in promoting and defending press freedom. He was an outstanding newspaperman, trade unionist and activist, who became an editor and union officer of the Manila Daily Bulletin, National Press Club president, and a member of the first Preparatory Commission of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in 1971. When martial law was declared in 1972, Tony joined the revolutionary underground movement, helping to publish two underground papers. In 1986, when Marcos was overthrown Tony surfaced to become a NDFP's peace negotiator with the Aquino government. In 1989, Tony went abroad to act as adviser to the NDFP Peace Negotiating Panel and to seek support for the peace talks. He applied for political asylum when the Philippine government discovered his presence in Europe. Tony was elected chairman of the NDFP in 1990 in absentia, and was elected honorary chairman of the NDFP in 1994. 2004. 50:32 min. DVD 5139

Iran: The Cyber Dissidents
Documents the recent history and current state of the reformist movement in Iran. Discusses how the internet has given new life to a reformist movement that has deteriorated due to threats of arrest, imprisonment, torture, and death. Primarily follows Farid, a "cyber-dissident" who has become a leader of the opposition via his website. 2005. 26 min. DVD 4646

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The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl
Tracks the parallel lives of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearlman and jihadi Omar Sheikh. Both highly educated individuals from privileged backgrounds, one was a humanist who spent most of his career reporting from the Islamic world on a quest to promote cross-cultural understanding; the other was a militant who ultimately chose a deeply violent path. After 9/11, their paths crossed in Pakistan, with tragic consequences. Directed by Ahmed A. Jamal, Ramesh Sharma. 2006. DVD X2507

Live, from Bethlehem
The Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency (MNA) emerged out of the ashes of the second Intifada to become the only independent news network in the Palestinian Territories and an increasingly prominent and influential journalistic force in the wider Middle East. This documentary tells MNA's remarkable story, revealing the agency's struggles and successes through the eyes of the station's reporters, producers, and photographers and how they have attempted to embrace objectivity and declared independence from hate-filled propaganda. Produced and directed by Matt Sienkiewicz and Joseph C. Sousa c2009. 37 min. DVD X2115

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Looking at America from Abroad: A European Media Perspective
A panel discussion by European journalists discussing the future of the Atlantic Alliance and how the war with Iraq is precipitating shifting political alliances and the balance of power worldwide. Also examines how the War in Iraq has been reported by the European media. Moderator: Orville Schell; Panel: Federico Rampini (La Repubblica), Patrick Jarreau (Le Monde), Annette Levy-Willard (Liberation), Anthony Gooch (Great Britain), Godfrey Hodgson (Oxfore Univ.). A Berkeley Webcast event; sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. 2003. 4/3/03 110 min. Video/C 9509

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The Media and Democracy in the Arab World.
Reports on the Arabic television news station, Al Jezeera, "the CNN of Arabia". Dedicated to freedom of speech, AL Jezeera has earned the admiration of the West and the ire of the Arab nations. The program includes clips of Al Jezeera's news programs and reports as well as interviews with the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and some of Al Jezeera's reporters, editors, and directors. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2000. 45 min. Video/C 7839

Media by Milosevic
Describes the career of the brutal Yugoslavian dictator Slobodan Milosevic and his use of mass media to gather support for himself and extreme Serbian nationalist activities, through two wars and beyond. The program illustrates how, once in office, Milosevic performed an intricate balancing act, controlling information and the media to safeguard his reign and accomplish his ends--including concentration camps and ethnic cleansing. Featuring exclusive interviews with former Milosevic associates, loyalists, dissenters, his wife Mira and Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, this is a startling portrayal of one of the darkest reigns of the past 50 years. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 57 min. DVD 8696

Novela, Novela
A group of Nicaraguan feminists have fused human rights with popular culture to create Nicaragua's most popular telenovela (soap opera), Sexto Sentido. Novela, Novela examines how this ground-breaking series made it to broadcast, and how the creators, writers, actors and viewers grappled with controversial themes like domestic violence and homophobia in this impoverished country heavily influenced by the Catholic church. Dist.: Frameline. 2002. 30 min. Video/C 9880

Starting Fire with Gunpowder.
Control of the media as a means of native self-determination is the motivating idea of this video. The directors chronicle the origins and achievements of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), a model for aboriginal broadcasters the world over. 1991. 59 min. Video/C 5001

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Stories from the War Zone: Modern Combat Journalism
This program takes a gritty look at how news gets reported from the world's front lines. It follows Neil Macdonald, a 27 year veteran of TV journalism, in his daily coverage of events in Israel as Middle East bureau chief for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. While Macdonald discusses and demonstrates firsthand how to manage risk, deal with censorship, and meet ever-increasing demands for stories, other eminent journalists share their insights into combat reportage. Includes Morley Safer and Vietnam War correspondents Michael Maclear and Bill Cunningham. Dist: Films Media Group. c2003. 55 min. DVD 3017

Telenovelas: Love, TV and Power
This program examines the political and cultural impact of the Latin American telenovela--broadcast six days a week to more than 120 countries. Interviews with sociologists, media moguls and others examine its influence on Latin American power politics, along with generous clips from the programs "By These Streets," which closely parallels Venezuelan news events and the popular Brazilian romantic melodrama "Body and Soul." Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 59 min. DVD 1965

Television Under the Swastika
A fascinating look at the world's first broadcast TV network Deutscher Fernseh-Rundfunk (Greater German Television) during its operation from 1935 to 1944. Making use of 285 reels of film discovered in the catacombs of the Berlin Federal Film Archive, it explores both the technology behind this new medium and the programming the Nazis chose. Programing included interviews with high-ranking Nazis as well as "ordinary" people on the street, cooking shows, sporting events, cabaret acts and teleplays ... all of it propaganda. This film also features interviews with former reporter, Heinz Riek. Written and directed by Michael Kloft. 1999. 52 min. DVD X37

La television y yo
A free-form essay on television and memory. Shuttling back and forth from history to autobiography, the filmmaker starts out with his first personal recollections of television (a broadcast of a military coup), moving on to explore early memories of television in Argentina and the figure of Jaime Yankelevich, the Jewish immigrant that became a pioneer of local television in the time of Peron and Evita. The story of the rise and fall of Yankelevich is interwoven with that of the author's own grandfather, Torcuato Di Tella, another immigrant who built an industrial empire that subsequently vanished. The saga of the two families seems to embody the former aspirations of Argentina, which ended in the lost dream of a nation. Written and directed by Andres Di Tella. In Spanish without subtitles. 2002. 75 min. Video/C MM1131

This is Not Beirut.
Incorporating over 200 hours of film footage from Lebanon, this tape examines the representations of Lebanon and Beirut both in the West and the "Middle East". Between the two, the filmmaker mediates both worlds as an U.S.-based, "Westernized" Lebanese. A film by Jayce Salloum. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 1994. 48 min. Video/C 3624

Uncovering the Media, Kenya
A documentary on the dynamics and challenges of the media industry in Kenya. It looks at such questions as women in the media and the deprivation of local content as Kenyans are assailed by soaps and other features from the North and South. Essential issues for development of media and unresolved legal issues that keep journalists checked as the fourth estate are addressed in the documentary. 2008. 32 min. DVD X2614

Voz ao vento: The Clandestine Waves of Brazil
Documentary examining the proliferation of "illegally broadcasting" community radio stations in Brazil and their social impact on the communities they serve. "In the state of Minas Gerais alone more than 5,000 community radios are broadcasting. Anything that's going on in the ghettos, street corners or favelas, It's going to be played on this station." Directed by Ignacio Agote. 2004. 48 min. DVD X7354

War Spin: Media and the Iraq War
In this report John Kampfner, political editor for the New Statesman (London) skeptically analyzes the heroic reports of the ambush, capture, and rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, calling them misrepresentations designed to bolster weak support for the Iraq war effort. He also scrutinizes the controversial practice of embedding members of the newsmedia in military units and questions the sincerity, and overall informational value of the daily CentCom biefings in Doha. Originally broadcast in 2003 as a documentary from the BBC series: Correspondent. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 46 min. DVD 3018

Yap: How Did You Know We'd Like TV?
Documentary about the introduction of American television to the small Pacific island of Yap, examining the social and political impact that TV has had on the Yapese way of life. Considers whether, as some Yapese believe the introduction of television was designed to create dependency and promote U.S. cultural values in a strategically important island. A film by Dennis O'Rourke. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 1987. 54 min. Video/C MM261

Media Globalization and Consolidation

1-800-INDIA
Over the past decade, India has emerged as the leader in the global market for white-collar "outsourcing" jobs-- a notable component of India's rapid economic growth. This documentary explores the experience of young Indian men and women who have been recruited into these new jobs requiring long hours, night shifts, and westernized work habits. Also reveals the human and cultural effect on Indian family life, the evolving cities and towns, and on the aspirations and daily lives of young Indians, especially women, entering the work force. Dist.: Films Media Group. Originally broadcast on PBS television program Wide angle on Sept. 13, 2005. 57 min. DVD 6570

King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721

Calcutta Calling
A snapshot of globalization at work in the 21st century. This documentary follows Vikeel Uppal, a young man who works in a busy calling center, as he gets tutored in the English language, learns pronunciation from commercials and movies, and watches English soccer matches to gain insight into the people he calls on a daily basis. Director, Andre Hormann. Dist. Cinema Guild. c2005. 17 min. DVD 8682

King of Calls DVD X1299
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Diverted to Delhi
The toll-free telephone numbers used to place orders are often answered thousands of miles away by Indians trained to speak and think like Americans, or Brits or Australians. This film follows a group of university graduates through a rigorous 3-week course which they hope will prepare them for prestigious, well paying positions in these call centers. Over 200 of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies now choose to service their clients via Indian call centers where labor and set-up costs are low and the staff highly educated. c2002. 55 min. DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721

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King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

Global Media
Sixties' media philosopher Marshall McLuhan predicted the coming of a Global Village in which telecommunications technology would figuratively shrink the world. Satellites, the Internet, multinational communications giants, and the ubiquity of televisions and computers have realized the prediction of the global village. Who are the big players and what kind of village have they wrought, and is America guilty of cultural imperialism? This insightful program looks at a variety of issues surrounding the growth of media in the era of the international audience. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 28 min. DVD 9769

Globalization and the Media.
Undercurrents explores how the media is involved in shaping public opinion of globalization, with a wide range of viewpoints from broadcasters, journalists, computer hackers, media activists, and news editors. Traveling across the USA, Nigeria, Britain and Italy, they report on the violent suppression of the alternative media, and how new technology, such as the internet and camcorders, is challenging the role of the traditional news gatherer. Director, Paul O'Connor. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 23 min. DVD 4099

The King of Calls
In a call center in India, young sales agents struggle to sell an unmarketable product and are at risk for losing their jobs. This poignant but humorous film points up the absurdities that can occur in the global telemarketing industry. Equipped with new American names and rudimentary English, they begin to pursue customers. Confusion reigns supreme, and no sales are made as the agents frantically dial, fearing the loss of their precious jobs. A film by Jens Pedersen. 29 min. DVD X1299

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Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night DVD 5383
Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721

Mickey Mouse Monopoly
Takes a close and critical look at the animated films produced by the Disney Company and the cultural values and assumptions propagated in terms of race, gender and class. Includes contributions from cultural critics, media scholars, child psychologists, educators and children. Contents: Disney's media dominance -- Disney's gender representations -- Disney's race representations -- Disney's commercialization of children's culture. c2001. 52 min. DVD 9673; vhs Video/C 7751

Media Education Foundation catalog description

Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night
A documentary about the outsourcing of American jobs to India. From the perspective of an Indian immigrant living in the United States, using humor and satire to capture the lives of Indian telemarketers who undergo voice and accent training to speak to U.S. customers with an American accent. A complex look at life as per Eastern Standard Time in India. A film by Sonali Gulati. 2005. 27 min. DVD 5383

Women Make Movies catalog description

Diverted to Delhi DVD X1893; vhs Video/C 9721
King of Calls DVD X1299
Calcutta Calling DVD 8682
1-800-INDIA DVD 6570

No Logo: Brands, Globalization, Resistance
Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work (the dynamics of corporate globalization) impact everyone, everywhere. It also draws attention to the resistance arising globally to challenge the hegemony of brands. c2003. 42 min. DVD 4891; vhs Video/C 9600

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Orwell Rolls in His Grave
Brings together an ex-"60-Minutes" producer, a United States congressman, as well as some of the country's leading intellectual voices on the media to examine the mix of business, politics and idealogy that is the modern mainstream media. From the very size of the media monopolies and how they got that way to who decides what gets on the air and what doesn't, this film moves through a troubling list of questions and news stories that go unanswered and unreported in the media. Does the corporate media reflect public opinion or create it? Written, directed, filmed and edited by Robert Kane Pappas, 2004. 103 min. DVD 4088

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Documentary on the reported conservative bias of Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "fair and balanced," and the dangers inherent in large corporations controlling the public's right to know. Includes interviews with former FNC employees and media experts. Produced and directed by Robert Greenwald. 2004. 78 min. DVD 2838; vhs Video/C MM1097

Lekatsas, George. "Outfoxed: Robert Greenwald's Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is another documentary that has managed to be financially successful while deliberately taking an overtly political stance on the subject matter it is investigating." Australian Screen Education 38 (Spring 2005): p60(3). (1863 words) UC users only
Trbic, Boris. "'Control room' and 'outfoxed'.(In the Realm of the Political Subtext)(Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism)." Australian Screen Education 37 (Winter 2004): 16(3). UC users only
Weaver, David. "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism.(Movie review)." Political Communication 22.3 (July-Sept 2005): 421(2)

Christensen, Christian. "Political documentary, online organization and activist synergies." Studies in Documentary Film; 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p77-94, 18p UC users only
Haynes, John. "Documentary as Social Justice Activism: The Textual and Political Strategies of Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films." 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, vol. 21, pp. (no pagination), Autumn 2007
Haynes, John; Littler, Jo. " Documentary as Political Activism: An Interview with Robert Greenwald." Cineaste, Fall2007, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p26-29, 4p UC users only
McLellan, Faith. "Telling it like it isn't: truth and lies in a post-9/11 world." Lancet; 9/11/2004, Vol. 364 Issue 9438, p927-928, 2p UC users only

Paradise Domain
A tiny nation in the South Pacific, Tuvalu and its 10,000 people suffer from underdevelopment and a lack of jobs, subsisting on fishing and harvesting coconuts. Tuvala had one valuable asset: its coveted domain name, dotTV. In 1999, the prime minister sold the name to an American dot.com company in exchange for several million dollars and access to the wired world. Now it is difficult to determine who is reaping the benefits-- the Tuvalu islanders or the United States corporation. c2001. 30 min. Video/C 8933

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Reflections on a Global Screen
Globalization of the media: does it lead to homogenized culture or encourage the spread of diverse cultures? Examines the social impact of television programming which is broadcast simultaneously and instantaneously around the world and examines the future of communication technology. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4242

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Robert McChesney Takes on Media Globalization
Journalism professor Robert McChesney talks about the biases of our current media system in the United States, the global dimensions it has increasingly taken, and the merger of mass media corporations. Traditionally in this country, the only threat to a free press was thought to come from the government. But, what's been overlooked historically is the threat that corporate control of the media can have upon the output of the media. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. c1997. 26 min. Video/C 5821

Media Censorship / Intellectual Freedom / Freedom of the Press

Sex and Censorship in the Movies
Women's Studies (for documentaries about pornography)

The A.C.L.U.: A History
This program, with commentary from Oliver North, Dave Barry, and Molly Ivins, traces the tumultuous history of the ACLU from its inception by founder Roger Baldwin, through dozens of legal challenges over the past century, including the Scopes trial, the 1930s labor strikes, Japanese internment, the HUAC hearings and blacklisting, the Vietnam war crimes trials, the American Nazi Party's bid to march in Skokie, Illinois, and others. Baldwin's story is interwoven throughout. A film by Lawrence R. Hott and Diane Garey. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 57 min. DVD 6495

Bloody Cartoons(Why Democracy? Series)
Filmed across the Middle East, Bloody cartoons looks at how and why 12 drawings in a Danish newspaper drew a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world...The director films in Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Qatar, France, Turkey and Denmark, talking to some of the people who played key roles during the "cartoon crisis." Critics of the cartoons claim that they were racist and Islamophobic. Investigates such questions as: How tolerant should we be, of the intolerant? And what limits should there be if any, to freedom of speech in a democracy? Goes beyond the controversy to investigate the roots of the crisis and in the process examines the need for freedom of speech in democratic societies. Directed by Karsten Kjaer.Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min. DVD X377

Ammitzbøll, Pernille; Vidino, Lorenzo. "After the Danish Cartoon Controversy." Middle East Quarterly, Winter2007, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p3-11, 9p
Cobb, Kelton. "The Muhammad Cartoons." Conversations in Religion & Theology, May2006, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p1-8, 8p UC users only
Göktürk, Deniz "Jokes and Butts: Can We Imagine Humor in a Global Public Sphere?" PMLA, Volume 123, Number 5, Oct 2008, pp. 1707-1711
Lewis, Paul; Davies, Christie; Kuipers, Giselinde; Martin, Rod A.; Oring, Elliott; Raskin, Victor. "The Muhammad cartoons and humor research: A collection of essays. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 2008, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p1-46, 46p UC users only
Modood, Tariq; Hansen, Randall; Bleich, Erik; O'Leary, Brendan; Carens, Joseph H. "The Danish Cartoon Affair: Free Speech, Racism, Islamism, and Integration." International Migration, 2006, Vol. 44 Issue 5, p3-62, 60p UC users only
"Naser Khader and Flemming Rose: Reflections on the Danish Cartoon Controversy." Middle East Quarterly, Fall2007, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p59-66, 8p UC users only
Spiegelman, Art. "Drawing Blood." Harper's Magazine; Jun2006, Vol. 312 Issue 1873, p43-52, 10p
Sturges, Paul. "Limits to Freedom of Expression? considerations arising from the Danish cartoons affair." IFLA Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3, 181-188 (2006) UC users only

Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories About PC.
Contents: Racially insensitive language (University of Pennsylvania) -- Gay Rights and religious expression (Harvard) -- Multicultural ideals (Stanford) -- Sexual harassment (Pennsylvania State) -- Radical feminism (University of Washington). If the freedoms of speech and dissent are protected by the Bill of Rights, to what degree should hate speech be included? Conversely, if "political correctness" is intended to counteract discrimination and intolerance, should it be used as a vehicle of censorship? Does PC heighten public awareness of marginalized groups or is it censorship designed to limit intellectual inquiry in the name of particular political agendas? This film examines five controversial incidents at universities around the country involving conflicts of values and "political correctness". Cases involve the use of racially insensitive language, gay rights and religious expression, pursuit of multicultural ideals, sexual harassment in the classroom, and radical feminism. c1993. 86 min. Video/C 3328

Copyright Criminals
As hip-hop rose from the streets of New York to become a multibillion-dollar industry, artists such as Public Enemy and De La Soul began reusing portions of previously recorded music for their songs. But when record company lawyers got involved, everything changed. Years before people started downloading and remixing music, hip-hop sampling sparked a debate about copyright, creativity, and technological change that still rages today. Special features: Theatrical trailer; extended interviews with Clyde Stubblefield, Chuck D, De La Soul (ca. 88 min.); soundtrack for the film, featuring 17 songs; Fair Use explained : four shorts by the Center for Social Media: Remix culture is your friend (ca. 8 min.) -- Fair Use for media literacy education (ca. 6 min.) -- Remix culture (ca. 4 min.) -- Fair Use and free speech in documentary film (ca. 7 min.). Originally produced in 2009; television broadcast premiere Jan. 19, 2010, on the PBS series Independent Lens. 53 min. DVD X3366

Culture Shock
Series exploring why particular works of art became controversial. c2000. 60 min. each installment

Hollywood Censored: Movies, Morality & the Production Code First of a four part series exploring why particular works of art became controversial. Part one addresses the mass appeal of movies, including their portrayals of sex and violence which have made them a target of censors since the early days. In the 1930s, Hollywood studios enforced the Production Code, a set of guidelines for movie content, to answer growing charges of immorality. The Code lasted 20 years and still influences moviemaking today. As feature films continue to cause controversy, the question remains: do movies reflect--or cause--social behavior? Video/C 6908

The Devil's Music: 1920s Jazz In its early years, jazz faced resistance across America. Like rap today, jazz music was considered a dangerous influence on young people and society. It featured improvisation and the liberating rhythms of the black American experience instead of classical music forms. As jazz's popularity grew, moralists fought to suppress the music before it finally won acceptance as an art form. Video/C 6909

Born to Trouble Adventures of Huckleberry Finn One of America's most beloved and banned books, Mark Twain's novel was attacked when it was published in 1885 for its 'low morals.' Later, it became part of the American literary canon, only to become controversial again on the grounds of racism--a charge that is still debated in schools today. Is Huck a brillaint satire against racism, or does it reinforce stereotypes? Video/C 6910

The Shock of the Nude Scandal surrounded the Paris 1865 exhibition of the painting, Olympia. Manet had dared to portray visual art's most universal subject, the nude, as an unidealized woman--a prostitute who stares directly at the viewer. He flouted the accepted ideas of beauty and propriety in art and outraged audiences. Although Olympia is now regarded at a masterpiece, visual artists continue to test society's conventions. Video/C 6911

Damned in the U.S.A. and Obscenity, Hate Speech and the First Amendment
Damned in the U.S.A features Jesse Helms, Christie Hefner, Donald Wildmon, Luther Campbell, Al D'Amato, Andres Serrano. Debate panel: John Frohnmayer, David Llewellyn, Bruce Herschensohn, Carol Sobel. covers the most significant battles over freedom of expression and censorship in the arts over the last five years. From the Mapplethorpe controversy to the debate over the lyrics of 2 Live Crew, from government sponsorship of artists to morally motivated boycotts, this film addresses both sides of the censorship debate in all its complexity. Film is followed by a debate which broadens the discussion of the First Amendment as it provides a sober, balanced look at the limits placed on freedom of speech. 1994. 126 min. total running time. Video/C 4199

Fear and Favor in the Newsroom
Examines the need to protect freedom of the press and investigative journalism in the United States when newspapers and television stations are owned and influenced by large corporations hostile to media exposure. Examines case studies of investigative journalists who have been dismissed or forced to resign because of "too aggressive" journalistic practices and cases of censorship mandated by television and print media management. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 4474

The First Amendment Project
All three films were originally released in 2004. A compilation of three short films about the current state of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in the United States. Fox vs. Franken: When comedian Al Franken used Fox News' phrase "Fair and balanced" in his satiric book, the network sued. Fox lost in court and Franken earned national notoriety with a bestseller. Poetic license: Explores the implications of state-sponsored art through the story of New Jersey Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka and the outrage that erupted after a perfomance of his controversial poem, "Somebody blew up America," which is about the September 11 terrorist attacks. Some assembly required: Documents protestors at the 2004 Republican National Convention and examines the public's right to protest versus the need for public security. 2005. 72 min. DVD 4023

Free Speech and Racism on Campus: Nightline: June 12, 1989.
Racist attacks are on the rise on America's college campuses. This newscast asks should some kinds of free speech be censored on university campuses because of their racial or sexual content? Includes interviews with Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice, college professors and students at Stanford University and the University of Michigan. 23 min. Video/C 5769

Free to Believe
Examines contemporary constitutional issues regarding freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. Focuses on these freedoms as they relate to school prayer, textbooks and secular humanism and the expression of possibly partisan sentiments by an invited school convocation speaker. 1987. 55 min. Video/C 1041:1

Freedom of Expression: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property
This provocative and amusing documentary explores the legal and ethical battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and the Internet over control of our cultural commons. With special focus on a number of campaigns that have pushed back the assault by overzealous copyright holders, the film features commentary by leading copyright experts and activists. Based on Kembrew McLeod's book of the same title. Contents: Fair[y] use tale: Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this review of copyright principles by cutting together thousands of extremely short clips from dozens of Disney cartoons, lifting individual words and short phrases to spell out an articulate, funny, and thoroughly educational lesson on how copyright works. Introduction -- Free speech in the age of copyright -- Fencing the cultural commons -- The rise of the clearance culture -- Suppressing freedom of information -- Fighting back -- Special feature: "A Fair(y) Use Tale" (ca. 11 min.) Produced by Kembrew McLeod and Jeremy Smith.

Media Education Foundation catalog description

Hollywood Censored: Movies, Morality & the Production Code (Culture Shock; 1)
First of a four part series exploring why particular works of art became controversial. Part one addresses the mass appeal of movies, including their portrayals of sex and violence which have made them a target of censors since the early days. In the 1930s, Hollywood studios enforced the Production Code, a set of guidelines for movie content, to answer growing charges of immorality. The Code lasted 20 years and still influences moviemaking today. As feature films continue to cause controversy, the question remains: do movies reflect--or cause--social behavior? c2000. 60 min. Video/C 6908

It's Not My Memory of It: Three Recollected Documents
A documentary about secrecy, memory, and documents. Mobilizing specific historical records as memories which flash up in moments of danger, the tape addresses the expansion and intensification of secrecy practices in the current climate of heightened security. A former CIA source recounts his disappearance through shredded classified documents that were painstakingly reassembled by radical fundamentalist students in Iran in 1979. A CIA film called "Burial at Sea"--Recorded in 1974 but unacknowledged until 1992 - documents the burial at sea of six Soviet sailors, in a ceremony which collapses Cold War antagonisms in a moment of death and honor. Images pertaining to a publicly acknowledged but top secret U.S. missile strike in Yemen in 2002 are the source of a concluding reflection on the role of documents in the constitution of the dynamic of knowing and not knowing. c2003. 25 min. Video/C MM529

James Joyce: The Trials of Ulysses
Filmed in Trieste, Dublin, Paris and New York, this documentary film traces James Joyce's life while writing his epic novel Ulysses and examines the history of the novel's publication. Readers in England and America were initially deprived of Ulysses, which became the focus of sensational charges of pornography and obscenity. A U.S. Federal Court decision in 1934 finally ended the legal debate, but more than eighty years after its publication, Ulysses still causes controversy. Includes interviews with authors, academics, Joycean scholars and surviving relatives. 50 min. Video/C 9311

Know Your Enemy
Using video animation and a collage of stills film examines the controversy surrounding politically or socially offensive lyrics in "hip-hop" and rap music. 1991. 27 min. Video/C 3314

Media Rights and Responsibilities
The media have established new outposts in the frontiers of taste that were thought impossible 25 years ago: sexually explicit and violent movies, "Gangsta" rap music, tabloid journalism, and all in the name of First Amendment rights and giving the public what it wants. But with these rights come responsibilities that are seldom respected. What leverage can society use to put curbs on the more outrageous forms of media expression while retaining a respect for creativity and freedom of expression? This program looks at all of the issues surrounding the media's pursuit of the advertising dollar vs. its responsibility to exercise concern for the public good. 1998. 28 min. Video/C 7292

Mighty Morphin' Censorship: Who's Watching Children's Televison?
Media historian, Heather Hendershot, looks at how adults try to prevent television's negative affects on children through a history of television censorship from regulation to the "v-chip." Shows how complex television censorship is as the concept of censorship is always in flux. Examines television programming for children and the sometimes racist content of children's programs and cartoons and the subliminal messages of television advertising. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV.1997. 24 min. Video/C 5821

No Place to Hide: Part 1, Big Brother
This program shows how governments and law enforcement agencies are using closed circuit cameras and other sophisticated tools to capture and catalog intimate details of our lives. Privacy commissions, hackers, former secret agents and privacy freedom fighters provide the inside stories. The film also investigates how DNA testing and digitized images are being used to certify identity and deepen personal profiles -- profiles which may be transmitted and intercepted on satellites, microwave and fiber optic links. 1998. 48 min. Video/C 7440

No Place to Hide: Part 2, Little Brothers
Private corporations call it "dataveillance." With every swipe of the card, the consumer releases yet another bit of information to a data bank that can create a personal profile at the request of market managers, credit agencies and government agencies. E-mail? Fax? Telephone? Once given, no information is resistant to anonymous collection. The usage and release of personal information is left to the discretion of the collector. This program details how we are no longer in control of our privacy. 1998. 48 min. Video/C 7441

No Sex, No Violence, No News: The Battle to Control China's Airwaves
Examines the battle to control China's television airwaves. Working with a government that allowsnothing of social or political import to be broadcast, entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia bring their full complement of consumerism and mindless entertainment to the millions of Chinese greedy for a glimpse of the outside world. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 8787

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Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press
Chronicles the life and work of Barney Rosset, the influential head of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, who published such groundbreaking works of fiction as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Naked Lunch, and Tropic of Cancer, while fighting the U.S. government's obscenity laws along the way. Special features: Original theatrical trailer ; Barney Rosset extended interview ; Spike the poodle killer ; Get me out of this camp! ; Three years of torment ; Going the final step ; Illiterates ; Rum and Coke ; This oblivious prostitute. Directed by Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O'Connor. 2008. 90 min. DVD X1401

Popular Culture: Rage, Rights, and Responsibility
A vigorous exchange by a distinguished group of panelists on the tension between artistic expression, freedom of speech, and social responsibility. They look at the impact that TV, music and the movies have on young people, the police, and public attitudes toward society in general, as they debate who decides what is popular culture, who produces it, who it influences, and the responsibilities of those who do produce it.

Host, Fred W. Friendly; moderator, Charles J. Ogletree ; debate participants, Richard Dreyfuss, Mark Clark, Barney Frank, Michael Franti, Jeff Ayeroff, David Harleston, Nadine Strossen, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Henry Hyde, Grant Tinker, Richard Wolf, Terry Rakolta. 2000. 58 min. Video/C 7287

Rap, Race & Equality.
This documentary is an informative look at the issues which rap artists attempt to deal with through their music, such as racism, economic and social inequality and race relations. It suggests that rap music flows out of the African storytelling tradition and shows how it enhances the African American sense of identity. Also examines such controversial areas as sexism and censorship as it applies to rap music. Includes interviews with musicians from Ice Cube, Ice T, Public Enemy, and Naughty by Nature. c1994. 52 min. Video/C 3968

Secrecy
An examination of secrecy in the United States government, exploring the tensions between freedom of information and national security.... between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy. Special features (58 min.): interview outtakes with Tom Blanton (8 min.), James B. Bruce (1 min.), Steve Garfinkel (2 min.), Barton Gellman (6 min.), Siegfried Hecker (2 min.), Neal Katyal (2 min.), Mike Levin (1 min.), Melissa Boyle Mahle (6 min.) & Charles Swift (2 min.); 2 extended sequences (6 min. total); 2 extracted stories (22 min. total). Also includes 56 min. classroom version of the film. 2008. 80 min. DVD X801

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Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech
Through contemporary case studies dealing with the complex issue of limits on free speech at public gatherings, in school, in print and on the Internet, examines the balancing act between protecting both civil liberties and national security. First Admendent attorney, Martin Garbus is interviewed at length along with other well-known people from both the liberal and conservative fronts. Directed by Liz Garbus. 2009. 74 min. DVD X2986

Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
Tells the story of the censorship battles of this groundbreaking comedy television program that became a hot bed of controversy, igniting laughter and social consciousness across a nation. Broadcast on CBS televison from 1967 until it was cancelled in 1969, the beloved hosts pioneered a turning point in American television history. Written & directed by Maureen Muldaur. 2002. 99 min. DVD 4175

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This Film Not Yet Rated
Kirby Dick's provocative film investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films. Kirby looks at some of the controversial rating decisions of the past four decades, hires private eyes to find out who these anonymous raters are and puts his own film through the rating process. 2006. 98 min. DVD 6868

Under Surveillance
This humorous and provocative documentary explores the work of the Surveillance Camera Players, a performance-based activist group in New York City. Through the group's activism, the film explores the complex and ambivalent roles of visuality and visual culture in contemporary urban American. In protest of covert and ubiquitous public surveillance, the group has devised a number of activities to co-opt public surveillance camera, including the performance of agitprop plays in front of the camera, leading walking tours of highly surveilled areas of the city, and mapping the locations of public surveillance cameras. A documentary by Brooke Nixon. c2003. 21 min. Video/C MM640

War Games: Hollywood's Power and Philosophy.(Unholy Hollywood)
An expose of the spiritual realities behind Hollywood entertainment. Seeks to expose sin, inspire repentance, and present a compelling strategy for reforming the arts. c1992. 48 min. Video/C 3559

Willful Infringement: A Report From the Front Lines of the Real Culture Wars.
Is copyright an instrument of censorship? Do newer copyright controls suppress the free speech of scientists, artists, and others? In this wholly independently filmed documentary, party clowns, a Rolling Stones tribute band, legal scholars, artists, DJ's, Star Wars fans, teachers and many more present their views and experiences about how ownership of ideas has come into conflict with free expression. 2003. 58 min. DVD 2246

You Can't Say That!: What's Happening to Free Speech?
Who determines when one person's right to expression must give way to another's sense of propriety? ABC News correspondent John Stossel looks at growing constraints on free speech made in the interest of protecting the public from offense. Using such controversial examples as the worker who was fired for telling a joke he heard on a popular prime-time TV show, Mr. Stossel considers the paranoia throughout the academic, political, and business sectors that has led to the creation of virtual "speech police" armed with special forms of censorship and "sensitivity training." Originally broadcast as an ABC News Special on March. 23, 2000. Who determines when one person's right to expression must give way to Dist.: Films Media Group. 43 min. DVD 9774

Digital Media/Communications, New Media and Social Networks

Activist Blogger: The Josh Wolf Story
In a world where traditional and new media are increasingly colliding, the question inevitably arises: "What is the definition, role, and responsibility of a journalist?" Days after posting on his blog his video of a San Francisco protest, Josh Wolf received a surprise visit that would land him not only in the center of a national first amendment debate, but in a federal penitentiary for a record-breaking seven and a half months... eventually becoming a poster boy for free press principles. Directed by Donna Lee. c2008. 29 min. DVD X7316

Afro@digital
Looks as the information technology revolution which has become a daily reality in many African countries where the Internet, mobile telephones and digital video cameras are being used with extraordinary creativity. Visits a marabout who explains he no longer replies by letter to questions but uses his mobile phone and email to transmit his advice. Another illustration of the digital revolution in Africa is the rise of internet cafes and cyber teahouses. In some towns in Senegal and the Congo, increasing numbers are connecting to internet using a laptop computer with a mobile phone. 2003. 53 min. DVD 3942; also VHS Video/C MM869

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Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World
In a decade, the Internet has transformed the economy and employment and has re-defined the essence of how people conceive of communications and personal relationships. This documentary looks at the end of the first phase of the Internet - a far less utopian age than some had hoped. Focusing on six individuals for whom the Internet has become a lifeline, the film questions how the World Wide Web has transformed the sense of community. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2002. 46 min. Video/C 9865

Baghdad Blogger: Life in Baghdad
I live in Baghdad. I am a blogger." So begins this succinct report from Salam Pax, an Iraqi journalist who attempts to keep the world informed about his beleaguered country. Pax regularly sends fifteen-minute video reports to the BBC. Known under his pseudonymous name "The Baghdad Blog," he writes an online English-language journal of life before, during and since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He is troubled by the inability of the Americans to maintain a stable occupation and the failure of the interim government and new Iraqi army. A film by Salam Pax. 2004. 78 min. DVD 4645

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Barbershop Punk: Net Neutrality, Media Consolidation and You
When Robb Topolski set out to share his collection of rare, turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet recordings over the internet, he found his uploads were blocked by his service provider, the nation's largest cable company, Comcast. From this seemingly innocuous beginning, the surprising events unfold as Topolski's findings go public, casting him as a wry David against a corporate Goliath in a battle over how the First Amendment should function in the internet age. Inter-woven with the struggles of the Topolski family are FCC hearings on net neutrality, and discussions with politicians, musicians, critics and open Internet advocates-from the Christian Coalition to NARAL- who are striving to keep the Internet accessible to everyone. Producer, editor, writer, Georgia Sugimura Archer ; co-director, producer Kristin Armfield. 77 min. DVD X6816

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The Bloggers: New Rules, or No Rules?
The rise of the blog as a form of serious news reporting means that conventional journalists must become familiar with the blog format and rethink typical journalistic approaches. This ABC News program examines the blogger "community," reviews major news stories that were broken by bloggers, and demonstrates ways in which blogging differs from traditional reporting methods. "60 Minutes" co-anchor Dan Rather resigned after a story he reported was refuted by bloggers, and sham White House press correspondent Jeff Gannon was exposed by bloggers. Featuring an interview with a Virginia schoolteacher who created a groundswell of political action with her blog, the video shows how the immediacy and the personal style of blog-writing can have powerful results - so powerful that journalistic accountability is now a contentious blog issue. Original broadcast on ABC News Productions' show, Nightline: March 8, 2005. 22 min. Dist.: Films Media Group. DVD 8222

Connected
Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for an exploration of modern life and our interconnected future. 80 min. DVD X9152

The Crisis of the Cultural Environment: Media and Democracy in the 21st Century.
57 channels and nothing on -- Who will control the 500 channels? -- Global expansion -- Public funded television : an alternative -- Taxation without representation : the commercial funding of TV -- The V-chip : the fox guarding the chicken coop -- Democracy in a media age -- Don't agonize : organize. Dr. George Gerbner delivers a stinging indictment of the way the information superhighway is being constructed. He shows the ineffectual nature of our present responses to the urgent crisis of the media. Showing the real uses to which the "information superhighway" will be put by its corporate masters, he urges the citizens of the world to struggle for democratic principles in the cultural environment. 1997. 30 min. DVD 6719

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Cyber War!
The Slammer hit on Super Bowl Sunday. Nimda struck one week after 9/11. Code Red had ripped through the system that summer. Moonlight Maze moved from the Russian Academy of Science and into the U.S. Department of Defense. A new form of warfare has broken out and the battleground is cyberspace. With weapons like embedded malicious code, probes and pings, there are surgical strikes, reverse neutron bombs, and the potential for massive assaults aimed directly at America's infrastructure -- the power grid, the water supply, the complex air traffic control system, and the nation's railroads. Thie film investigates just how real the threat of war in cyberspace is and reveals what the White House knows that the rest of us don't. Written and directed by Michael Kirk. c2003. 60 min. DVD 4476

Digital Nation
Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we've gained? This in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world continues a line of investigation that began in 2008, with the Frontline report "Growing Up Online." The journalists attempt to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations. Contents Introduction -- Distracted by everything -- What's it doing to their brains? -- South Korea's gaming craze -- Teaching with technology -- The dumbest generation? -- Relationships -- Virtual worlds -- Can virtual experiences change us? -- Where are we headed? Correspondents: Douglas Rushkoff, Rachel Dretzin; commentators, David Jones, Sherry Turkle, Clifford Nass, Mark Bauerlein, Gary Small, Steven Maher, Jason Levy, Gina Cruz, Jennifer Johns, David Prinstein, Todd Oppenheimer, Marc Prensky, James Paul Gee, Henry Jenkins, Katie Salen, Philip Rosedale, Françoise Legoues, Karen Keeter, Jeremy Bailenson, Michael Kramer, P.W. Singer, Noah Shachtman, Larry F. Dillard, Jared Auchey, James Morris. Dist.: PBS/WGBH. c2010. 87 min. DVD X7149

The First Amendment in a Digital Age [sound recording]
Originally presented on National Public Radio program Justice talking. Host, Margot Adler. Recorded at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., in 2005, this program examines the reasons for both safeguarding and limiting speech. 45 min. Sound/D 235

Google: Behind the Screen
To organize the world's information--that appears to be Google's aim. What does such a goal involve, exactly? What are the implications for academia and creative people? For business, the media, and society at large? This program seeks answers to those questions by going behind the scenes at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, as well as the company's London offices. A conversation with Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer and Google's "Chief Internet Evangelist," sheds light on search engine innovations and Google's role in advancing them. Interviews with company vice president Marissa Meyer and other key players explore the inner workings of the Information Age giant. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 48 min. DVD 8879

Growing Up Online
MySpace. YouTube. Facebook. Friendster. Nearly every teen in America is on the Internet every day. They socialize with friends and strangers alike. Peers inside the world of this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new digital divide. A generation with a radically different notion of privacy and personal space, today's adolescents are grappling with issues their parents never had to deal with. Investigates the risks, realities, and misconceptions of teenage self-expression on the World Wide Web. Contents: Living their lives essentially online -- A revolution in classrooms and social life -- Self-expression, trying on new identities -- The child predator fear -- Private worlds outside parents' reach -- Cyberbullying -- Updates. Originally broadcast on Jan. 22, 2008 as a segment of the television program, Frontline. 60 min. DVD X223

Hate and the Internet: Web Sites and the Issue of Free Speech
What is the price of free speech? American hate groups are having a field day on the World Wide Web, creating virulent virtual communities of intolerance. In this program ABC News anchor Ted Koppel investigates the proliferation of hate online with Don Black, founder of the white nationalist Web site Storm Front, and Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment attorney who has represented the New York Times and ABC News. They discuss both the medium and the message, plus thecontroversial issue of content filtering. Originally broadcast as a segment of: Nightline. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 22 min. DVD 3019

Hate.com: Extremists on the Internet
Addresses the use of the Internet to spread messages of hate and violence. Don Black, founder of Stormfront; Matt Hale, founder of the World Church of the Creator; Richard Butler, founder of Aryan Nations and Christian Identity; and Dr. William Pierce, founder of the National Alliance and author of The Turner diaries, expound their doctrines, tactics, and goals. Profiles of 'lone wolves' - individuals incited to commit violence and hate crimes - include Timothy McVeigh, Benjamin Smith, the lynchers of James Byrd, and others. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2000. 42 min. Video/C 7737

Iran: The Cyber Dissidents
Documents the recent history and current state of the reformist movement in Iran. Discusses how the internet has given new life to a reformist movement that has deteriorated due to threats of arrest, imprisonment, torture, and death. Primarily follows Farid, a "cyber-dissident" who has become a leader of the opposition via his website. 2005. 26 min. DVD 4646

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Life on the Internet
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McLuhan's Wake
Marshall McLuhan, one of the 20th century's most famous intellectuals realized the impact the digital age would have on our social, economic and ideological selves. Now, twenty years after his death, in the midst of an era of Internet, virtual and wired technologies, this documentary explores the enduring hold of his message through archival footage of McLuhan speaking and teaching, family photographs, original animation and digital effects. Dist: National Film Board of Canada. c2002. 94 min. Video/C MM388

Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet
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No Maps for These Territories: On the Road with William Gibson
On an overcast morning in 1999, William Gibson stepped into a limousine in Los Angeles and set off on a road trip around North America. The limo was rigged with digital cameras, a computer, a TV, a stereo and a cellphone. The entire movie was generated by this four-wheeled media machine. Both an account of Gibson's life and work and a commentary on the world outside the car windows, the film reveals the landscape of Western culture on the edge of the new millennium, in the throes of convulsive, tech-driven change. 2003. 88 min. DVD 3111

North-South.com (Nordsud.com)
Documentary that explores how young women in the African Republic of Cameroon use internet cafés to search for marriage prospects in Europe to escape poverty. Interviews many of these young women who see Europe as a "paradise," and who express incredibly naïve beliefs about European men. The film also tells the stories of several Cameroonian women who married white Europeans, showing their current situations, the cultural differences with which they deal, and the personal sacrifices they made in exchange for economic security. A film by François Ducat. 2007. 90 min. DVD X2371

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Paradise Domain
A tiny nation in the South Pacific, Tuvalu and its 10,000 people suffer from underdevelopment and a lack of jobs, subsisting on fishing and harvesting coconuts. Tuvala had one valuable asset: its coveted domain name, dotTV. In 1999, the prime minister sold the name to an American dot.com company in exchange for several million dollars and access to the wired world. Now it is difficult to determine who is reaping the benefits-- the Tuvalu islanders or the United States corporation. c2001. 30 min. Video/C 8933

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Playing the News.
In 2004, television, radio and print media covered the U.S.-led attack on Fallujah. So did one video game. But can video games do journalism? This documentary examines the role played by New York based reality games company Kuma Reality Games in connecting young people to current events. After designing a video game called Kuma/War based on the November 2004 siege of Fallujah, Kuma Reality began to think of itself as a news organization. But war reporting has certainly never looked like this before. A film by Jigar Mehta and Jeff Plunkett. 2005. 20 min. DVD 6108

Playing the News.
In 2004, television, radio and print media covered the U.S.-led attack on Fallujah. So did one video game. But can video games do journalism? This documentary examines the role played by New York based reality games company Kuma Reality Games in connecting young people to current events. After designing a video game called Kuma/War based on the November 2004 siege of Fallujah, Kuma Reality began to think of itself as a news organization. But war reporting has certainly never looked like this before. A film by Jigar Mehta and Jeff Plunkett. 2005. 20 min. DVD 6108

Remote Control
The average American child spends over 40 hours per week consuming media, the equivalent of a full-time job. This means that by the time children born today turn 30, they will have spent an entire decade of their lives in front of some type of screen. Remote Control, based on the findings of the Kaiser Family Foundation's landmark study Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18-year-olds, examines the implications of this unprecedented level of exposure. This documentary explores the media habits of two families, supplementing their powerful personal insights with testimony from media experts, educators, and policymakers. Examines the centrality of media in our lives, revealing far-reaching effects that we are only beginning to understand, and suggesting ways we might begin to help our children live a life instead of watching one. A Bob Mckinnon film. 2007. 38 min. DVD X6797

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Rip!: A Remix Manifesto
Explores the complexities of intellectual property in the era of peer-to-peer file sharing. Interviews key figures in the debate, including Gregg Gillis, the Pittsburgh biomedical engineer who moonlights as Girl Talk, a mash-up artist rearranging the pop chart's DNA with his incongruous, entirely sample-based songs. A mash-up in itself, this shatters the wall between users and producers, and challenges the thresholds of 'fair use.' Written and directed by Brett Gaylor. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. c2009. 86 min. DVD X2130

Staking a Claim in Cyberspace.
Describes the converging technologies of computers, telephone and interactive TV and examines the question: who is going to build and control the new Information Highway? Presented are the voices and ideas of media advocates and community organizers working to ensure that communication is accessible and functional for all. 1993. 31 min. Video/C 3643

Triumph of the Nerds
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Truth in Numbers?: Everything, According to Wikipedia
After viewing this provocative documentary, you will never look at Wikipedia the same way. Filmmakers Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill explore the history and cultural implications of one of the most traveled and referenced sites on the Internet. A whole range of opinion is expressed about the impact of Wikipedia on the archiving of learning, from interviews with founder Jimmy Wales to commentators suspicious of the site's supposed neutrality. The documentary delves into the EssJay controversy in which a Wikipedian made false claims about his academic credentials and the battle over journalist John Seigenthaler's inaccurate entry. Evenhandedly weaving multiple perspectives about the impact of Wikipedia, the film provokes a deeper conversation on how knowledge is formed and what future generations will learn about history and the world. Directed by Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill. c2010. 85 min. DVD X6361

Virtual Friends (Glass Kungle: Surviving the City.)
Investigates the new interactive society model in which physical neighborhoods connected by proximity have been displaced by virtual neighborhoods linked by technology. Topics discussed include the intimate anonymity of the Internet, the use of emoticons in e-mail, the growing importance of telecommunications and the relationship category defined as "familiar strangers." Dist.: Films Media Group. 1996. 25 min. Video/C 8127

We Live in Public
Reveals the complicated effects the web is having on our society as seen through the eyes of futurist Josh Harris who became interested in controversial human experiments which tested the effects of media and technology on the development of personal identity. The director documented more than a decade of Harris' increasingly tumultuous life and experiments, including one that involved living under 24-hour electronic surveillance, which eventially led to his mental collapse. Written and directed by Ondi Timoner. 2009. 90 min. DVD X2850

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The Ad and the Ego: Truth and Consequences
Intercutting thousands of contemporary and classic television commercials with critical commentary discusses how the market economy has grown to the point that commercialism invades the most intimate aspects of life. Leading media critics show how living in an environment saturated with advertising creates a psychology of need. The history of American advertising is traced from the 19th century through today. Produced by Harold Boihem & Chris Emmanouilides. c1996. 57 min. DVD X2478; vhs Video/C 4473

The Ad and the Id: Sex, Death, and Subliminal Advertising
Each day we are exposed to hundreds of advertisements, but we don't really see them or pay attention to them. This provocative documentary shows how advertisers use powerful "subliminal" images to influence and motivate consumers to buy. It uncovers and analyzes, from a psychoanalytic perspective, the hidden images of sex and death that are placed under the surface of seemingly ordinary advertisements: the ads hidden within the ad... Directed by Harold Boihem. 1992. 28 min. DVD X2479

Adland: Where Commercials Come From.
Documents the process of making commercials for television. Visits the locations of several commercials and interviews George Lois, Jerry Della Femina and Mason Reese. DVD X1447 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2042

Advertising
This program features a historical survey of the methods of advertising in the United States. Topics include the mass-marketing triumph of Lydia Pinkham's 19th century patent medicines; the role of sponsorship in radio and early broadcast television; the application of marketing principles to the 1964 Johnson/Goldwater campaign, and a look at how a Ford Ranger TV spot was made. This program is a valuable aid in understanding the persuasive, pervasive nature of advertising. Videocassette release of a program originally produced by Jones International in 1997 in its telecourse series: Media waves: an introduction to mass communication. Dist.: Films Media Group. 28 min. DVD 9768; vhs Video/C 7388

Advertising and the End of the World.
A film by Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst which presents a compelling and accessible argument about consumerism and its impact on the earth's future. "Focusing directly on the world of commercial images, Advertising and the End of the World asks some basic questions about the cultural messages emanating from this market-based view of the world: Do our present arrangements deliver what they claim - happiness and satisfaction? Can we think about our collective as well as our private interests? Can we think long-term as well as short-term? Drawing the connection between society's high-consumption lifestyle and the coming environmental crisis, Advertising & the End of the World forces us to evaluate the physical and material costs of the consumer society and how long we can maintain our present level of production." 1998. 47 min. DVD 4887; also vhs Video/C 5228

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Advertising Missionaries
In Papua New Guinea, where over three quarters of the population cannot be reached by the regular advertising mediums of television, radio or print, "the market" must be developed by other means. Small theater groups travel the remote highlands performing soap operas devised around advertising messages for a variety of Western products like soft drinks and washing powder. This film follows the theater troupe Wokabout Marketing, and records the reaction of the engrossed audiences. It also parallels the story with some glimpses of village life without Western goods. Directed by Chris Hilton and Gauthier Flauder. 1996. 53 min. DVD X1199

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America's Ad Icons
This program uses case studies of Tony the Tiger, Charlie the Tuna, the Energizer Bunny, Jack in the Box, Colonel Sanders, Kool-Aid Man, Mr. Peanut, Morris the Cat, and Mr. Clean to illustrate different approaches to creating memorable brand icons. Discusses the psychology behind their consumer and cultural appeal. Many commercial clips are also included. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 51 min. DVD 2569

Art & Copy
A powerful film about advertising and inspiration. It reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time, people who've profoundly impacted our culture. Their work grabbed the attention of millions and truly moved them. The social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion. Directed by Doug Pray. 2010. 90 min. DVD X3887

The Beauty Backlash
With it's "Real beauty" marketing campaign, the Dove brand struck a chord with women skeptical of unhealthy or absurd standards of attractiveness. This program investigates consumer reactions against the idealized images of beauty promoted by TV, movies, and glossy magazines, while exploring the complex relationship between corporate strategy and feminine self-esteem. What are the implications for the global cosmetics and fashion industries? High-level insights concerning Dove, L'Oreal, and advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi provide a fascinating departure point for a socioeconomic discourse. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 30 min. DVD 8871

Behind the Screens: Hollywood Goes Hypercommercial
This program examines the invasion of mainstream big-budget movies by advertising and marketing. Five leading scholars and a screenwriter discuss the consequences of an ever-accelerated concentration of media ownership and suggest that this continues to have profound effects on contemporary American cultural life. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, c2000. 37 min. Video/C 7535

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Buying Into Sexy
A report on how marketers, especially in the clothing industry, are selling a grown-up, sexy image to pre-teen girls. This program follows the daily lives of tween girls, recording their perceptions of fashion, celebrities, boys and themselves. Interviews with both concerned and clueless parents are included, as well as a glimpse into corporate decision making that impacts tween culture. Conversations with Candie's CEO and a hard look at MuchMusic programming practices enhance this social analysis. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2007. 26 min. DVD 8870

Captive Audience: Advertising Invades the Classroom
Contents: Advertising invades the classroom -- The shadow curriculum : sponsored educational materials -- Channel One : commercials in the classroom -- Schools in need : the politics of funding -- Sweet deals : exclusive soda contracts -- Resisting commercialism : legislative action -- Resisting commercialism : local activism -- What's at stake : keeping schools public.

For marketers who wish to reach the lucrative youth market, the school environment represents access to a captive audience of millions of students. This documentary examines this phenomenon through examples of in-school advertising, interviews with teachers, students, parents and activists and a case study of community action to oppose an exclusive soda contract in the Pittsburgh school district. c2003. 45 min. Video/C 9593

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Cashing In On Cool
Marketing specialists can no longer rely on traditional media, such as television and print ads, to generate mass appeal. And sometimes they don't need to. This program explores marketing case studies in which consumers--often those in the 18 to 25 age group--have boosted product sales through word-of-mouth, amateur videos, fan clubs, and other informal and unpaid means. Originally produced as a segment of CBC News program Venture in 2005. Dist.: Films Media Group. 23 min. DVD 9772

Clearing the Air: The History of Cigarette Advertising
A visual depiction of the relationship between big tobacco and advertising. Supplement included with third season of TV series Mad Men. DVD X2852

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
Throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. Critically examines the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids. Contents: Introduction -- The floodgates open -- By any means necessary -- Under the microscope -- Brand new world -- Cradle to grave -- Rewiring childhood -- Our future . Extras include: What parents can do -- Barney vs Power Rangers -- Jolts and tricks. Written & directed by Adriana Barbaro & Jeremy Earp. c2008. 72 min. DVD X760

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Death in the West: The Marlboro Story.
A powerful expose of the most successful cigarette advertising campaign, The Marlboro Man. Juxtapositions television footage from Marlboro television commercials, interviews of physicians, researchers and tobacco industry executives with personal narratives of present day cowboys dying from smoking related lung diseases. 1976. 32 min. Video/C 9902

Deadly Persuasion: The Advertising of Alcohol and Tobacco
Jean Kilbourne exposes the manipulative marketing strategies and tactics used by the alcohol and tobacco industries to keep Americans hooked on their dangerous products. Illustrating her analysis with advertising examples, she presents a compelling argument that these industries have a clear understanding of the psychology of anxiety and addiction that they exploit to create life-threatening dependencies on their products. The abridged version addresses the key arguments of the full program. 2003. 86 min. DVD 3146

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Gadgetmania
Shows how infomercials evolved from the huckstering sales pitch of the pre-TV era into a $14 billion-per-year industry and an icon of pop culture. Includes interviews with Ed McMahon, Ron Popeil (Ronco), Philip Kives (K-Tel), Ed Valenti and Barry Becher (Ginsu), and others; clips from classic commercials; detailed information on the structure and mechanics of informercials; and a behind-the-scenes look at the QVC shopping channel. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2003. 51 min. DVD 2568

Judith Williamson Consuming Passionately in Southern California
Demonstrates the effects of multi-national capitalism's expansion on the market with socks being an example and emphasises the role of ads. This video looks at the communications industry via the print media. Dist.: Paper Tiger Television. 1991. 28 min. Video/C MM1218

Killing Us Softly series
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The Media's Influence on What We Buy
Philosophers, communication professors and advertising executives discuss various aspects of the media's influence on consumer behavior. The program looks at the craft of advertising, explaining the difference between needs and wants, while analyzing the power of celebrity endorsements, the psychological advantage of product placement, and other aspects of the business. 2001. 18 min. DVD 2019

The Merchants of Cool
Examines the tactics, techniques and cultural ramifications of marketing moguls who are seeking the teen market. Explores the culture in which today's American teenager is growing up, and the relationships among teens, parents, the media and the marketers of popular culture. Originally produced as a segment on the television program Frontline. Dist.: PBS. c2001. 60 min. DVD 1633; also on VHS Video/C 8130

American Library Assn. Video Roundtable Notable Video

No Logo: Brands, Globalization, Resistance
Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work (the dynamics of corporate globalization) impact everyone, everywhere. It also draws attention to the resistance arising globally to challenge the hegemony of brands. c2003. 42 min. DVD 4891; also vhs Video/C 9600

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

The Persuaders
Examines the "persuasion industries" of advertising and public relations. Shows how marketers have developed new ways of integrating their message into the fabric of our lives. Explores how the culture of marketing has come to shape the way Americans understand the world and themselves and how the techniques of the persuasion industries have migrated to politics. Originally broadcast on Nov. 9, 2004 as a segment of: Frontline. Directed by Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin. Dist.: PBS. 90 min. DVD 3674

Production Notes: Fast Food for Thought
A collection of production notes for television commercials advertising fast foods. Each ad is shown at regular speed and then played again at a slow speed along with audio from the artistic director's notes from the advertising agency to the film company describing the look, target audience, actors, setting, actions, etc. for the commercial. Production notes can be used to teach students about how ads target audiences and how TV commercials are constructions of reality. It can also be used to analyze gender, social, and occupational stereotypes from across cultures. A film by Jason Simon. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 1986 26 min. Video/C 9656

Selling the American Way. (David Halberstam's The Fifties, vol. 2)
Still haunted by the Great Depression, Americans needed to be coaxed into enjoying their new-found affluence. This episode shows how the invention of television and the perfection of the art of advertising were used in both commerce and politics. Highlights advertising gurus Norman Vincent Peale and Rosser Reeves, shows how Richard Nixon applied slick new media techniques to save his career and how Washington learned to manipulate the media, hiding undercover operations in places like Iran, Guatemala and ultimately, Vietnam. 1997. 50 min. Video/C 5379

Sisterhood: Hyping the Female Market
Consultants, Minnette Lehmann, Christine Tamblyn. This videotape takes a critical and humorous stab at the recent plethora of "pro-feminist" advertising. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1993. 24 min. Video/C MM1219

Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness.
Illustrated lecture which explores the manner in which women are portrayed by advertising with the focus on thinness. Discusses the impact this portrayal has on the self images of women and girls and offers a new way to think about eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Contents: Impossible beauty -- The waif look -- Constructed bodies -- Food & sex -- Food & control -- The weight loss industry -- Freeing imaginations. Written & presented by Jean Kilbourne. c1995. 30 min. DVD X632; vhs Video/C 4494

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol.
By exploring the college party scene, this documentary shows the difficulties students have in navigating a cultural environment saturated with messages about gender and alcohol. The film steps beyond an analysis of "binge drinking" to focus on techniques that alcohol marketers use to link the product to the fragile gender identities of young men and women, encouraging students to recognized the presence of alcohol propaganda and take back control of their own lives from cynical manipulators. c2004. 45 min. DVD 6556; vhs Video/C MM82

Description from Media Education Foundation catalog

The 30-second Seduction: A Consumer Reports Apecial on Television Advertising.
An investigation of the modern television commercial, thirty seconds' worth of someone's creative ideas on how to capture the viewer's attention and arouse the viewer's imagination. Emphasizes that commercials talk about everything except the merits of the product. 1985. 28 min. DVD X618 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1204

30 Seconds of Gold: Advertising on Chinese TV
Once a year, companies seeking dominant positions in China's market face off on CCTV, the most watched station on the 410 million televisions in China. The show "Hero's Golden Showcase" is part of the annual auction CCTV holds for its commercial slots. Around 100 domestic and foreign companies participate in this auction and its revenues last year reached US$640 million. In the huge Chinese market, companies cannot afford to miss out on the make-or-break ad slots on CCTV. By taking a close look at the CCTV auction and the companies bidding, we offer an up-to-date view of China in its embrace of market economics. 2006. 50 min. DVD 6978

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

TV Advertising.
Examines TV advertising aimed at children and adults, especially deceptive advertising. Includes film clips from U.S. Senate Consumer Sub-Committee hearings, and examines the role of the FCC in regulating TV advertising. 3/4" UMATIC .1993. 59 min. Video/C 46

Political Advertising and Advertisments

US Politics: Political Commercials

Hot Spots: Multimedia Analyses of Political Ads.
Political advertising studies illustrating how music, text, metaphor, genre, image, color, delivery, tempo, and location all combine to "orchestrate" political meaning in campaign advertisements and electioneering. Contents: 1. Paradigms of politics -- 2. How music and image deliver argument -- 3. Orchestrating politics -- 4. Communicating feeling -- 5. The politics of feeling. 1997. 63 min. Video/C 7235

The Living Room Campaign
Traces the impact of political commercials on American national elections since the Eisenhower campaign first used the practice, to the first political debates on TV, to more modern media situations and figures. Shows ads from 1952-1988 and explores the many different kinds of political ads including attack ads, feel good ads, false inferences, symbolism, public persuasion, opinion and reaction. Includes the controversial series of "Willie Horton ads" that were critical in George H. W. Bush's 1988 victory and the complete "Daisy" spot that aired only once but lead to Johnson's defeat of Goldwater in 1964. Also features interviews with prominent media experts, journalists, advertising executives, political consultants and pollsters. 1992. 47 min. Video/C MM1005

Prime-time Politics: New Directions in Political TV Advertising.
Political media consultants discuss political television advertising. Includes numerous political commercials for presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections which highlight many themes such as crime, taxes, and Bork's nomination for the Supreme Court. 1989. Video/C 5614

:30 Second Democracy.
Provides a comparative history of political television advertising in the United States, Britain and Canada. A Film by David Vainola. 1996. 51 min. Video/C 4938

Description from Icarus Films catalog

The 30-second President
(A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers). Examines the role of television advertising in American presidential elections. 1984. 58 min. DVD 7302 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 871

Value-added Cinema
Drawing on 70 films, presents a finely tuned montage of egregrious product placement shots -- removing the gratuitous and unnecessary plots and leaving behind just the exhilarating core of consumerism. Highlights how product placements are insinuated into dialogue, even engulfing entire features until films become little more than product promotions. film by Steve Seid and Peter Conheim. 2003. 47 min. DVD X651

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