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Presidential Elections, the Media Literacy Way: A Conversation with Frank W. Baker (3)

Frank Baker

“Students watching convention coverage need to be aware they are only allowed to see what the networks show them. Cameras cannot go everywhere. These high profile events will be carefully controlled by the politicians and the parties.”

Watch These Movies About Fandom Instead of “Comic-Con Episode IV”

Comic Book the movie

Pauline Kael, William Shatner, Mark Hamill, and “Troll 2″… all can help shed light on the teaching, learning, and “literacies” that occur around and within fandom.

Congratulations——You’re Now A Sports Fan Even If You Hate Sports

A neat, fandom-based "bracket" from Population Go... "where geek and otaku culture meet." (http://populationgo.com)

So why do we both reduce and, strangely, enthrone the arts by pitting authors, composers, and other creative types against each other?

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

Hunger Games Teaser Poster-300p

“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.”