TV Shows: How they Influence Social Movements and Society – Pt. 2

In my last post I discussed how current scripted television shows are brining social and political issues and campaigns into their programing, and how that is a benefit to social change campaigns and society as a whole. Here I wanted to dive a little deeper into those shows and the issues they are bringing to … More TV Shows: How they Influence Social Movements and Society – Pt. 2

TV Shows: How they Influence Social Movements and Society – Pt. 1

Television is one of my things. From dramas to comedies, sports to competition reality shows, I watch it all. And if I haven’t seen it, chances are I have at least read about it. Having worked in the scripted television world for a bit, my views may be skewed, but I believe TV is currently … More TV Shows: How they Influence Social Movements and Society – Pt. 1

Protest: How Should People of Color Fight for their Rights?

Is there a correct way to protest? My last post looked at the ways in which the media framed two different events, a Black Lives Matter protest and an armed takeover a government owned facility. One was met with arrests, violence, and negative rhetoric. While the other was not seen as a threat to the … More Protest: How Should People of Color Fight for their Rights?

Framing: How it is Crucial to the Creation of our Reality

The mainstream media always has a choice in how it covers a story. Over the last few years I began to take notice of their choices. News coverage of two semi-recent events have particularly irked me, the Black Lives Matter movement and the Bundy Brothers armed takeover of an Oregon Wildlife Refuge. The Black Lives Matter … More Framing: How it is Crucial to the Creation of our Reality

Storytelling: AgeUK’s Loneliness Campaign

A campaigns officer from AgeUK recently came to speak in one of my MA courses. He showed us examples of two television adverts they created to promote their current campaign to help alleviate chronic loneliness of elderly people. The first is a Christmas advert from last year which they created in partnership with the department store … More Storytelling: AgeUK’s Loneliness Campaign

NoDAPL: What’s Mainstream Media Got to do With it? Absolutely Nothing?

On Sunday December 4th 2016 the US Army Corps of Engineers announced they will not grant the easement for the pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe, a river near the Standing Rock reservation. The army corps will undertake an environmental impact statement and look for alternative routes, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II … More NoDAPL: What’s Mainstream Media Got to do With it? Absolutely Nothing?

Shailene Woodley: The Role of Celebrity in Social Change Campaigns

I have been following the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for about 4 months now. I did not hear about it because the mainstream U.S. news has had much coverage on it, but because an actress I am a fan of, Shailene Woodley, has been tweeting about it non-stop. Finally, it seems as though … More Shailene Woodley: The Role of Celebrity in Social Change Campaigns

Campaigning: Engaging and Evolving with Virtual Reality

We are at a very interesting time when looking at social change campaigns and how their impact can be directly related to, or affected by developments in the media. With today’s technology innovations happening so rapidly, campaigns and their communicators are having to adapt, and quickly. Sigrid Baringhorst, director of the research project Changing Protest … More Campaigning: Engaging and Evolving with Virtual Reality