Posts with Category: Television

A Red and White Resistance

July 20, 2017

Protestors around the world have adopted a new uniform as a symbol of defiance – red robes and white bonnets based on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, now a series on Hulu. The show’s premiere is the most-watched debut of any show on the streaming service. The shows haunting, dystopian future seems to…

Defy Ageism in the Workplace with “Younger”

June 29, 2017

You’re a 40-year-old woman whose marriage just ended and you need to get back into the workforce after raising your daughter, but that’s easier said than done. Especially if you want a job in the publishing industry, which idolizes the young. So what do you do? You lie about your age, of course. At least…

May TV’s Sweeping Potential to Put Your Issue in the Spotlight

May 3, 2017  |  Television

In a TV galaxy not so long ago and far away, “May sweeps” meant one thing: Every TV show worth watching was wrapping up for the season and networks pulled out all the stops to boost ratings and ad dollars. That’s still true, to a point, but today’s multi-platform media landscape has made this time…

How “The Americans” Holds a Mirror to Current Events

April 9, 2017  |  Television

Picture this: The FBI assembles a task force to investigate rumors of Russian spies living as suburban Americans, who have seamlessly infiltrated our country. In fact, an FBI counter-intelligence agent has suspicions about the family that lives next door, whose car is similar to one spotted at the scene of the kidnapping of a high-level…

Pop Culture as a Powerful Force for Narrative Change

January 23, 2017  |  Activism

This piece was originally published in Change Agent, the biannual publication of the Communications Network.  We all tell ourselves stories. There’s a story of how each workday goes—psychologists call these behavioral scripts—and there are larger narratives we tell ourselves about our lives in general. There’s even a subfield of psychoanalysis called narrative therapy that encourages patients…

Why Atlanta and Insecure Capture The Black Millennial Experience

January 10, 2017  |  Television

Atlanta and Insecure are arguably two of the best new shows on television. For me and many of my friends, these shows have filled an unconscious void. They have filled a void that we couldn’t define or even know was missing. Created by the stars of the programs, Atlanta and Insecure demonstrate an authenticity of…

‘Tis the Season for Seasonal Workers

December 22, 2016

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, loyal employee Bob Cratchit asks his boss, Ebenezer Scrooge, for Christmas day off to spend with his family. Scrooge, a wealthy, greedy man, begrudgingly agrees to Cratchit’s request, yet doesn’t believe that his business should have to suffer while Bob takes a holiday, despite his strong work ethic, tolerance…

Donald Trump and His Death Eaters

December 9, 2016  |  Monthly Media Roundup

After nearly every US presidential election, we watched as soon-to-be presidents announced their nominations for Cabinet positions with relatively little fanfare. The media dutifully covered the biographies of these typical career bureaucrats and broadcast the minority party’s polite dissent, if there even was any. Enter 2016, the year of the most expensive and dramatic Rose…

To Tackle Tough Topics Like Mental Health, Turn to Comedy

December 1, 2016  |  Television

Mental illness is no laughing matter, but addressing mental health issues through the lens of comedy can motivate people to take them seriously. For advocates working to improve America’s woefully inadequate mental health system, that means more visibility for the issues they’re trying to address.   Comedy allows audiences to relate to topics that usually…

Disclaimer: No Bees Were Involved in the Making of This Show

November 21, 2016  |  Activism

In early October, and for the first time in American history, bees were added to the federal list of endangered species. This is a serious problem, because our lives depend on theirs. You might not think about the critical role of bees when you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner next week, but bee-lieve it or…