Film Genre – and Porn Recently in class, I mentioned that pornography is a genre that is universally recognized. I said that across the world, in various societies, and all throughout history, pornographic content has been considered the lowest form of low-brow culture, and that it is noteworthy that porn is the one thing that seemingly everyone can agree … Continue reading Film Genre – and Porn


A Propaganda Model

Herman and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model offers an explanation of the processes that are involved with the production of news media. In the essay, they describe the mechanism by which mass media messages pass through a successive series of filters before they ever reach the public. In other words, the content that audiences see on Television … Continue reading A Propaganda Model

bell hooks, Hye Sung Chung, and Stuart Hall

Within broad discussions of media texts, issues of gender and power relationships are frequently considered. However, less frequent, but equally as important, is the issue of race. bell hooks’ “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators” and Hye Seung Chung’s “The Audience Who Knew Too Much: Oriental Masquerade and Ethnic Recognition among Asian Americans” both directly … Continue reading bell hooks, Hye Sung Chung, and Stuart Hall