NewsCapturing the Public Imagination: Madam Secretary & Nuclear Threats Hollywood, Health & Society in collaboration with The Ploughshares Fund hosts this special viewing of the season finale for the CBS… More2017 Walter Cronkite Awards The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism encourages and showcases substantive and innovative coverage that informs viewers… MoreKathleen Hall Jamieson: 2018 Ev Rogers Award Winner Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center, has… MoreReproductive Writes: Abortion on TV Needs More Choices This panel discussion features guest speakers Dr. Willie Parker, author of Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice; Kathleen Bedoya, executive… MoreWomen in Their Prime Time: Aging In (and Out of) Hollywood Watch Norman Lear; Academy Award-winning actress Rita Moreno; Alexa Junge, executive producer of Grace and Frankie; and Dr. Zoanne Clack, executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy, in conversation about… MoreWhat Is Entertainment, Anyway? Welcome to the Attention Economy: Marty Kaplan Keynote Lear Center director Marty Kaplan explores the place of museums’ messages in our attention economy in his keynote at the 2017… More
Black, White & Blue Collar: The Family Sitcoms of Norman Lear
I had the keen pleasure recently of speaking for the first time before a class of bright Emerson College LA students. The topic? The TV comedy of Norman Lear and my personal experience working for Norman at three different periods of my life. This was a Comm class, not a creative writing class (though several aspiring writers were present and asked spot-on questions), built around a terrific syllabus by Professor Richard West. The class had spent weeks reading… READ THE FULL BLOG POST.
Lear Center Managing Director Johanna Blakley in a terrific Real Clear Life article on “fake news”: “What I hope will come to the fore in public conversations about audio/video manipulation and fake news is the underlying problem: a lack of media literacy and critical thinking skills,” says . READ the full article.
R.I.P. to the multi-gifted and beloved musician, poet and internet pioneer, John Perry Barlow, who died at 70 on February 7, 2018. He was a key contributor to one of our early and most fertile projects, Artists, Technology & the Ownership of Creative Content. Read about the ground-breaking book that ATO produced.
Marty Kaplan talks Oscars in this New York Times piece about protest at awards shows. “There’s a verdict on Hollywood’s sensibility going into it. Would the 35 percent of the country likely to be offended by a highly politicized Oscars tune in in the first place?” Read the full article.
Lear Center director Marty Kaplan comments on the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal in this NY Times article, anticipating his removal from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by noting “There are plenty of other members with a history of abominable off-screen actions. What kind of bad behavior counts and what doesn’t? What is the red line?”
BlogWanna Try Some VR? Here’s a Guide Lately I’ve been doing a bit of VR bingeing. While I’m not a binge TV viewer, I cannot get enough VR when the opportunity presents itself. Luckily, I’m based in Los Angeles, where new media experiments are all the rage, and my job takes me to exactly the kinds of… MoreBlack, White & Blue Collar: The Family Sitcoms of Norman Lear I had the keen pleasure recently of speaking for the first time before a class of bright Emerson College LA students. The topic? The TV comedy of Norman Lear and my personal experience working for Norman at three different periods of my life. This was a Comm class, not a… More“Roseanne” Has New Neighbors. They’re Muslim. ABC made the May 8, 2018 episode of “Roseanne” available in advance for comment by some thoughtful observers. When producer Tom Werner, an old friend, asked me if I had some scholars to suggest, I immediately thought of Amir Hussain and Sohad Murrar. Marty Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center Why… MoreWhy Muslim TV Characters Matter Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles I watched the “Go Cubs” episode of Roseanne, which I think is extraordinary. When asked in surveys, most Americans indicate that they don’t know a Muslim, and so the images that they see on television are crucial, as they may be the… More“Roseanne” Takes on Islamophobia Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison The new episode of Roseanne turns to Islamophobia. It does it responsibly. The season has already tackled problems of class, political ideology, race, sexuality, immigration and veteran affairs. (Spoiler alert!) This new episode, “Go Cubs,” introduces the Conners’ new neighbors, the Al Harazis,… MoreRoseanne Greets Her Muslim Neighbors With Islamophobia, Until She’s Woke This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. In this week’s episode, Roseanne hates on the Muslims. Spoiler alert: By the end, Roseanne gets woke. But how many racist jokes can the season’s highest-rated scripted TV series make without itself being racist? I wonder how I’d feel… More