New at the Library: MediaEd Streaming Videos

Need a video about representation of latinos in film for a class screening? A snippet to support your research paper about gender codes in advertising? Or just want to listen to Ryan Gosling’s voice?

The Library now subscribes to 136 streaming videos from the Media Education Foundation with our MediaEd Streaming subscription. The documentaries cover the subjects of health, humanities, environmental science, communication studies, and teacher education- many of them with a focus on race, gender, and the media. You can access all of them by going to the Library homepage at > Databases A-Z tab > MediaEd Streaming.  Here are some interesting videos you may want to check out:

Debunking the misconception that agrofuels (or biofuels, as they’re more commonly known) are benign energy alternatives and are environmentally-friendly, the documentary explores their devastating economic, environmental, and social costs.

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
Consuming Kids looks at how the marketing industry has been preying on the purchasing influence of children, dissecting their psychology for profitable advertising tactics and constantly inundating them with brand names and product placements.

Date Rape Backlash: Media and the Denial of Rape
This documentary analyzes the media’s reversal on its position on date rape in 1993- from recognizing it as a serious problem to making accusations that feminists were only exaggerating the figures on sexual assault and rape. Though it has been 20 years since then, the video discusses the aspects of rape culture that still, unfortunately, persist today.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Hip Hop explores masculinity and manhood in hip-hop and rap and features revealing interviews with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Shetfall.

mediaed2The Gloucester 18: the Realities of Teen Pregnancy
18 teen girls from Gloucester, MA had gotten pregnant in the 07-08 school year and the story became a sensation due to rumors of a pregnancy pact (I remember seeing this on the news!). The documentary revisits these girls, their families, and their counselors, and spotlights the issues behind teen pregnancies and their outcomes.

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women
An update to Jean Kilbourne’s Killing Us Softly series, this documentary continues to explore the objectification and devaluation of women in advertising images and the sexist messages about femininity that we unconsciously consume and let influence us.

Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power
A very popular DVD at the Library, now available on streaming video! This documentary takes a critical look at Disney’s animated films and finds that behind the facade of innocent entertainment, are stories that promote racial stereotypes and sexist gender roles, which are then instilled in the children who watch these films.

mediaed3Race, Power and American Sports
With sports being the closest thing to a national language that brings people together from different walks of life, this documentary looks at how sports and athletes of color have challenged people’s ideas and notions about race and ethnicity.

#Regeneration, narrated by Ryan Gosling, looks at the state of social activism among youth and investigates the challenges and issues that drive them towards political apathy – from growing up with more cynicism than previous generations to the overexposure to screen time, media, and consumer culture.

mediaed4Speak Up! Improving the Lives of GLBT Youth
Speak Up! explores the unique challenges of violence and harassment GLBT youth face in schools and what they and their allies have done to transform their schools into safer and more welcoming environments.

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