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  Last week I was searching for a video on YouTube and a video of a dancing teenage girl popped up. My daughter is a teenage girl, so yeah, I was interested! The three-minute video was about two teen girls and their long-distance friendship. I vaguely noticed that throughout the video the girls were video chatting using Skype. Then, at the final frame, the Skype logo appeared. It was a

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Every day news happens. It might be a local school closing due to a fire. Or war breaking out on the other side of the world. Or the opening of the latest installment of your favorite superhero movie. It’s all news. How do you find out about the news that’s important to you? To your life as an employee or student, as a parent, as a citizen? The decline of

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  Did you grow up with radio? Sherri did. Along with great memories of listening to her favorite stations and imagining what the DJ’s looked like, Sherri has memories of frustrating afternoons spent hovering over a radio with her tape recorder, just waiting and hoping she’d hear a song or comedy bit she loved and could record so she could listen to it over and over again (without having to

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Many times on this show, we’ve talked about how media affects kids. We’ve had experts speak about concerns regarding video games or social media, or the influence of media on kid’s lives. But we’ve never given kids the opportunity to speak for themselves! On this episode of Media Inside Out, three middle schoolers share with us what they think about media and what concerns them—if anything. They share their favorite

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Religion and media often intersect and collide, and often in messy ways. Religion might be the focus of a documentary, the theme of a sitcom episode, the butt of a late-night joke, the topic of a viral social media meme, or the subject of extended coverage in a breaking news story. Religion might be the thread some use to keep peace elusive, or the olive branch used to bring peace

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At a time in which the ways we consume media have been changing rapidly, how much do we want the government to help support media industry growth or determine media industry restrictions? These questions are not some purely academic exercise. The answers affect what you get to see, where you get to see it, and who gets to offer it to you. On this episode of Media Inside Out, we

On this episode of Media Inside Out, our discussion will highlight the current state of the music industry, with a focus on gender equality and inequality both from the performance side and the management side of the field. We will also talk about how the music industry has changed– or not, including which improvements to equality have been most successful, examples of recent successes, and areas that still need attention

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Now more than ever, technology and toys are being connected. From AR-based games to toys with artificial intelligence built in, children have more and more opportunities to use media and some of our most advanced computer technology to inspire their play. In this episode of Media Inside Out, we explore the impact that these tech-centered toys and games have on children’s play. Joining us in this discussion are three guests:

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In recent years, celebrities have become increasingly vocal about their positions on various political topics. It’s a celebrity’s job to build believability with their audience and more celebrities are using that connected relationship to give their opinion on issues beyond why we should go see their latest movie. Though it’s okay for a celebrity to raise our interest or knowledge in a topic, it is up to us to do the

Although colorism can happen anywhere, colorism in the media is the focus of this episode of Media Inside Out. We’ll be looking at how all media, including television programs, music videos and advertising campaigns favor lighter skin, and usually white skin. This is an issue that has been around for a number of years, but with streaming services and thousands of videos on Youtube, young girls have more opportunities to

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