Cinema & Media Studies

Oscars 2022, predicted

Penn Cinema and Media Studies and Theatre Arts faculty make their predictions about this year’s Oscar winners—organized by category.

Brandon Baker

Public media can improve our ‘flawed’ democracy

A new study finds that countries with well-funded public media have healthier democracies, and explains why investment in U.S. public media is an investment in the future of journalism and democracy alike.

Alina Ladyzhensky

Believability in the wake of #MeToo

Sarah Banet-Weiser analyzes representations of sexual violence survivorship in recent TV shows to explore how and why believing women remains a contentious cultural battle.

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The Hill

White House points finger at the press

Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School for Communication weighed in on the relationship between the media and the Biden administration. “They don’t want to have the same relationship that the Trump administration had, and I don’t think they do,” said Pickard.


The Conversation

Hollywood’s love of guns increases the risk of shootings—both on and off the set

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a colleague from Ohio State University co-authored an article about the prevalence of guns in movies. “The more guns there are in movies, the more likely it is that a shooting will occur—both in the ‘reel’ world and in the ‘real’ world,” they wrote.



How AT&T helped build far-right One America News

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about the origins of Fox News and OAN. “If somebody recognizes there’s a market for something and there’s a lot of money attached to that market, you get a news outlet,” she said.


The radio hosts taking COVID denial to its grimmest endpoint

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about how the right-wing media ecosystem has framed COVID-19 and the vaccines. “As much as many see conservative media as hosts who are puppeteers dragging their audience around, it’s kind of the other way around—hosts are afraid to lose the audience,” he said.


The Atlantic

The Tucker Carlson fans who got vaxxed

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said shows like “Tucker Carlson Tonight” foster distrust in the COVID-19 vaccine by perpetuating viewers’ assumptions. “If you hear the word lie tied to Anthony Fauci, and Anthony Fauci now comes on in a completely different venue, the assumption is, you can’t trust Anthony Fauci,” she said.


Washington Monthly

Our divisions are worse than you think

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education reflects on conservatives and progressives who are locked into their own media bubbles, while each presents America as under existential threat for vastly different reasons.