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Historicizing Branded Content on U.S. TV

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Susan Douglas on “enlightened sexism”

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Reality TV: In Context

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America’s Next Top Model: Tyra Banks Gets Angry at Tiffany

This episode of America’s Next Top Model is a gem, as it touches on so many prevalent aspects of popular media culture: post-feminism; post-race; self-branding; neoliberlism and entrepreneurial/enterprising subjects; reality TV/competition shows; bodies; gender, class, race intersections… I often show this episode at the beginning of my media literacy courses and then again at the end of the course. Early on, it sparks lots of discussion and interest. Later, it allows students pull together and see what we’ve learned. Continue reading

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