You may already be familiar with films from the Media Education Foundation (MEF), such as Killing Us Softly, a series by Jean Kilbourne that analyzes and critiques the images of women used in advertising. Or perhaps you’ve seen Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power, featuring Wheelock College Professors Diane Levin and Gail Dines.
What you may not already know is that you can watch over 140 MEF videos online via the Kanopy streaming service– all you need are your Wheelock College login credentials. Kanopy works kind of like Netflix– you log in, choose a video to watch, and play it right in your web browser. The bonus for Wheelock College students, faculty, and staff is that you don’t have to pay for your own subscription, because the library has already done it for you!
A note for long-time fans: If you are already familiar with accessing MEF videos via the library, you should know that we have changed the way they are listed in the “Databases A to Z” list. Whereas they used to be listed as “MediaEd (streaming video),” they are now listed under “Kanopy (streaming video).” Why did we make this change? Well, because we have videos on Kanopy that have come from other film producers and distributors, such as Race: The Power of an Illusion and Maquilapolis (City of Factories), both from California Newsreel. We wanted to make our A to Z list more accurate and representative of the variety of films you’ll find on Kanopy.
Videos on Kanopy come with full transcripts and closed captions, and the video player has been designed for use with screen reader technologies like JAWS. You can also create playlists and clips for use in classes.
So what are you waiting for? Check out some of these great videos online today:
- Guyland: Where Boys Become Men (2015)
- White Like Me: Race, Racism & White Privilege in America (2013)
- Brand New You: Makeover Television and the American Dream (2014)
- Default: The Student Loan Documentary (2012)
And remember, if you have any questions or requests, please contact a librarian! We are always happy to help.