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‘Girl Model’ Re-connects Media Literacy to its Beating Heart

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There’s a danger when you spend a long, long time in the media literacy game…

The Anti-Airbrushing Campaign: Now Girls Take Charge

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No longer is the topic of magazine covers solely the province of docs such as Miss Representation, adult feminists, the AMA, and media literacy folks like me. Now girls themselves are taking action.

Making Quality Irrelevant: Why to Watch “The Sitter” and “The Descendants”

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For your consideration: two recent films where we’re supposed to find children’s lack of innocence amusing.

Death by Media: The Hunger Games and Teen Authenticity (Part 2)

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“After dinner we watch the replay in the sitting room… And there I am, blushing and confused, made beautiful by Cinna’s hands, desirable by Peeta’s confession, tragic by circumstance, and by all accounts, unforgettable.”

Death by Media: The Hunger Games and Teen Authenticity (Part 1)

A PR Phony Meets an Authentic Teen: Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, left) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in THE HUNGER GAMES. (Photo credit: Murray Close.)

“There’s this sort of upbeat soundtrack playing under it that makes it twice as awful because, of course, almost everyone on-screen is dead.”