Week Six: Flip the Script on Media, Books, Film
“Media has the power to educate… to shape people’s thoughts. It also has an incredible power when you see someone like you on screen.”~Shonda Rhimes
The topic this week is shining a light on media, books, and film and how they influence and impact our view of the world and the world itself. Enter with a curiosity about how you may have already flipped the script and where you want to flip it now.
As we enter the topic, a few things are on my mind to explore:
- In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States. ~The Flip by Jared Rosen and David Rippe
- The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media that “provides research, direct guidance and thought leadership aimed at increasing representation of marginalized groups within six identities: gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, disability, age, and body type.”
- How our personal viewing and reading choices impact our view of the world and impact the whole world – the collective “field.”
Let’s begin with the personal viewing:
The first memory of a television in my household was a black and white tv where we watched Lassie and The Ed Sullivan Show. I was 7 ½ years old and it was special to stay up so late (viewing the Beatles began at 8pm on February 9, 1964). These two events were so palpable and memorable because my father always cried during Lassie – more emotion than I normally saw from him- and watching teenage girls screaming for the Beatles. Watching the audience, like an anthropology project from a 7-year-old perspective, had as much impact as watching the Beatles. As the oldest child in the family, this was my only exposure to rock and roll and teenagers.
As I got older, the television was in the basement at the next few homes we lived in. I loved watching old, black, and white films, on the color television, with Shirley Temple, Bette Davis, and Katherine Hepburn. I also watched Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with my sister and musicals where I would stand up to sing and dance.
Watching film and television informed my role as a woman – both subservient and revolutionary. Things I have spent most of my life unraveling and unlearning.
We will explore the impact of television and film more this week.
With a rise in an awareness about “fake news” and the media, I was shocked when I read about the Florida Court case with FOX news. Especially after the pandemic, social media, and artificial intelligence has awakened us even more to a wide range of fake news.
One key we will explore this week is viewing multiple sources of news, finding ways to support your nervous system and cultivating your inner GPS.
- In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States. ~The Flip: Turn Your World Around by Jared Rosen and David Rippe
Also, when I read this in the book The Flip, I did numerous Google searches to read the specifics of the case. I wanted to reduce my initial trauma response and read the specifics to make my own determination about what this case actually said. I will share more about this later this week.
And finally, we will explore representation of marginalized groups within six identities: gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, disability, age, and body type.”
I’ve been inspired by the research of the Geena Davis Institute and how it is impacting new representation. Recently, I had my eyes opened to something I had not seen before and I appreciate what the Institute is doing.
My daughters were raised watching and engaging with Sesame Street. It was the most inclusive children’s programming at the time, and they loved it. When I started watching it with my grandson last year, someone gave us one of the original counting books with ten of the primary characters. I was shocked when I realized that only one of the major characters was a girl!
It hadn’t occurred to me because #1, they are puppets and #2, my view in 1980 was still focused on “any representation of girls” as an advancement even when they were in the background. More on this with a deeper dive into the work of the Geena Davis Institute, later this week.
This is an overview of where we are headed as we explore, question, and flip the script on media, books, and film this week.
Day 36 Prompts:
- Begin to think about how films and television have influenced you. What has been supportive? What types of shows are you watching now?
- Make a list of books you have read in the past few years and podcasts or Youtube series that you listen to and follow. How are these impacting your current world?
- What news and media do you watch and read daily, weekly, and monthly? How do you stay informed about what is happening in the world?
- What does “Flip the Script on Media, Books, and Film bring to the surface? What memories, thoughts, and feelings and where is the connection?
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