Wednesday, September 09, 2015

TV Family available for classroom use

I'm excited that my film, TV Family, is now available in a 56-minute educational version for classroom use. It is being distributed by the Media Education Foundation. I'm continuing to work on home distribution, and expect to be able to announce TV distribution soon.

Here's the link to their page: TV Family via Media Education Foundation

And here's the quotes from reviewers:

"Fascinating. If you're an educator looking at the rise of unscripted programming, representations of the family in mass media, or how myths of the American Dream have always been caught up with dominant ideas about gender, class, and race, this is the film for you and your classes!"
- Michael Morgan | Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

"Emotionally moving and insightful, this film exposes television's ideological whitewashing of representations of family and domestic life."
- William Yousman | Director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program at Sacred Heart University

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Scenes from TV Guide: November 12, 1960

He's not the "houswives' conscience" but he does have a special "friend"--and a new show, My Three Sons.
He's the housewives conscience, so keep up, ladies. Also, keep up, "vintage males."

How do you explain Bowling for Dollars, Uncle Miltie? I mean, Mr. Television?

Yes, you can "Fly Mohawk." Presumably they needed Sterling Cooper Draper Whatever to rebuild the brand after this campaign. Or maybe it was just unfortunate ad placement, like being next to this giant poodle getting a shave to celebrate 90 years of Sprattsmanship.

Dave Garroway peers into the abyss, then hammers his name onto it and beckons you to join him.

I bought this because of this program, Story of a Family, a prototype for family reality shows that is pitched here as a documentary investigation of the postwar family. 

So screw you, Emerald Isle.