Four Titles Added to the Media Studies and Communication Streaming Video Collection

  • September 18, 2015

The Illusionists: A Film about the Globalization of Beauty
Examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves.

The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change
Filmmaker Thomas Keith examines how the sexist and misogynistic messages that circulate in American culture short-circuit men's ability to empathize with women, respect them as equals, and take feminism seriously. Along the way, The Empathy Gap draws fascinating parallels between sexism and racism, and shows how men who break with regressive gender norms live happier and healthier lives.

TV Family: Behind the Scenes of the First Reality Television Program
In 1960, NBC aired Story of a Family, an innovative new show many media scholars now recognize as the first “reality television” program in American broadcast history. In TV Family, filmmaker Ethan Thompson provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of this program, and examines how its highly choreographed presentation of ordinary family life laid the groundwork for unscripted television today.

Guyland: Where Boys Become Men
In this adaptation of his bestselling book, sociologist Michael Kimmel provides a glimpse into a world where more and more young men are trying desperately to prove their masculinity – often at the expense of young women and other young men. The result is a powerful look at how regressive cultural norms of masculinity can lead to sexism, homophobia, and sexual violence on college campuses.