It is the time of year where us non-profits do what every non-profit does; HOLD AN AUCTION!
You betcha. We are holding an e-bay auction of rare books and all proceeds go to an awesome organization that advocates for Media Literacy *cough*. Proceeds of this auction will help educate underserved communities about the importance of media literacy.
That being said, we’ve got a variety of books to choose from! (And yes, similar to Pokemon, you can catch them all).
Have you already powered through all of season 2 of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix? OF COURSE YOU HAVE!
So why not read about it in Piper’s book, did we mention the book is SIGNED by Piper herself?
Not much of an Orange Is The New Black fan? That’s okay, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve got an entire first edition eight book set by best-selling author Susan Colasanti.
We’ve also got swag from Don DeLilo, author of The Body Artist.
Now that we’ve got you dreaming of your own signed book sets, go visit our auction on e-bay.
Melissa McCarthy is starting to soar with her popularity in Comedy movies.
Although she’s been on popular shows such as Mike&Molly and The Gilmore Girls, I sit here and wonder will she ever be more than the comedic relief in television or film roles?
Whether or not it is intentionally because she is seen as an “overweight” star it seems that the media perpetuates a stereotype that overweight women cannot be anything other than comedic relief.
Case in point, the trailer for one of her newer movies Tammy has premiered and although seen as just another “comedy movie about a down and out girl stuck in the lower ranks of life” it begs to differ.
The movie Tammy represents a larger problem within the mass media; that overweight actors and actress can ONLY provide comedic relief, or insight into dealing with situations that are less than idealistic. Perhaps the role of the overweight actor or actress can also double with the “magical negro” trope where African Americans are only used as an extension of white privilege.
Louis C.K. however has started to shed some light on the “overweight women” issue with an AMAZING rant on one of his episodes about how sometimes, overweight women are just not lusted after in the dating pool.
This is another stereotypical media dilemma overweight women face, the art of being “unsexy”. Aside from addressing the “big bad fat beast” the media has now coined the terms “busty”, “curvy” and “full figured”. A wolf in sheeps clothing, these terms can also harm more than help when dealing with positive body image.
You can watch the full length scene for Louie and the “fat girl rant” here.
Sometime around 1947, residents of Levittown, the famous suburban subdivision 55 miles outside New York, opened their community newsletter and read this: “No feature of a suburban residential community contributes as much to the charm and beauty of the individual home and locality as well-kept lawns.” The author of this officious litt
Who knew that lawn care could be so self deprecating to males?
Toro, a lawn-mowing company that has appealed to men for over 60 years openly admits to praying upon mens insecurities when advertising their lawn-mower.
To quote the article, and Josh Cohen, the CEO of Pearl Media, whom Toro advertises with, “It’s about putting you in the power position, sitting on this big machine where all your neighbors can see you … It’s playing into the physique of manhood,”
How is it, that nearly 60 plus years later men are still being forced to live up to a societally bound masculine ideology?
The world of advertising has not “advanced” with the technologies they so wish to sell if they revert to dated, sexist ways of selling men power tools.
Will the world of advertising ever not pray on insecurity in order to sell the idea of wanting to be perfect? To be “manly”? To be “powerful”?
This is seriously the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a while. First of all there’s no such thing as “becoming a proxy ” or killing to honor him. The operator chooses his people and usually he doesn’t care whether the person has experience or not. Second of all the slenderman is a mythological…
What do you think the role the media plays when reporting these stories?
Is the new conversational trend going to be fear vs. empowerment?
Let’s talk. Let’s talk about the media. Let’s talk about video games, and most of all let’s talk to our kids about them altogether.
Where is the future of book publishing? In Harry Styles’ knickers, apparently. Anna Todd, 25, a first time writer who’s married and lives in Central Texas, has
We here at The LAMP advocate for Media Literacy. What does that mean, you ask?
We want you, the public to get informed about what advertisers are trying to force feed us through “conventional” television. We want you to change the message!
However, this article we stumbled upon this morning doesn’t really fit into the mold of breaking things, but it does fit into the mold of changing things.
Fan Fiction has become wildly popular these days, and with young hopefuls getting 6 figure book deals (whoa!), we have to figure where the media fits in to all of this.
Fan Fiction are stories created by fans of, well, anything really. Music, movies, usually celebrities, fan fiction has taken off by storm.
Where fan fiction fits in with the media and media literacy activists is the notion of fair use.
What exactly is fair use, you ask?
Fair use allows limited usage of copyrighted material without having to acquire the rights to said copyrighted material.
Fan fiction is now becoming a tiny little advocate for changing “big media” companies and the way creativity can be “manufactured.” Similar to the messages advertisers want us to listen to over, and over, and over again.
Now if only we could get people to break into “big advertising” in the same way…
For many people, even those without diagnosed eating disorders, food can trigger unhealthy thought processes, much like what the woman experiences in this Yoplait commercial when confronted with cheesecake. But feelings of guilt and shame around eating aren’t any healthier or more sustainable than picking up fad diets, binge eating or malnutrition. Considering the mixed messages sent out by the food industry at large, food marketers are exactly the last people who should be in charge of normalizing behavior and sanctioning weight-loss strategies. They’re trying to sell you something – and it’s not just yogurt. It’s a syndrome of guilt, shame and inadequacy that keep you buying more stuff on the journey towards unattainable perfection.