Posts by Laurie Trotta Valenti

Celebrating the Impact of Healthy Media Depictions

On September 27 in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of attending the Sentinel Awards, an annual celebration of television programs that entertain millions but also help viewers gain insights into serious health and social issues. These are popular shows that we (or some subset of we) love watching, shows… More

A Tale of Two Portrayals: Suicide and Eating Disorders on Netflix

Two recent projects by Netflix, 13 Reasons Why and To the Bone, have attracted attention among public health officials for their portrayals of serious issues – rape, suicide and eating disorders. 13 Reasons is based on the popular novel by Jay Asher and involves a teen who commits suicide (in a heart-wrenching, four-minute wrist-cutting scene) after sending… More

The Power of Media

I believe in the power of media, for good or bad, and I’ve dedicated my career to getting people to think about how entertainment impacts us. ​ And what better place than the Norman Lear Center to look at these issues? I attended a TV Academy event a while back… More