Cinema & Media Studies

Rahul Mukherjee’s life in the screen

In two classes, the Dick Wolf Associate Professor of Television and New Media Studies looks at the big picture of our digital life.

From Omnia

Google News prioritizes national media over local

A new study from the Annenberg School for Communication found that Google News prioritizes national media outlets over local media outlets in search results, even when users are searching for local topics.

From Annenberg School for Communication

Cancel culture on the silver screen

Iconic films like the 1939 blockbuster “Gone With the Wind” are being scrutinized in light of the Black Lives Matter movement against racial injustice. Cinema studies’ Meta Mazaj says framing films within context is more valuable than erasure and disclaimers.

Louisa Shepard

Reality replaces virtual reality

What was supposed to be a cinema and media studies course to create virtual reality films on the Philadelphia Museum of Art collections became individual films by the students about the realities and connections to the pieces they researched.

Louisa Shepard



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Slate.com

Limbaugh’s lamentable legacy

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the late Rush Limbaugh’s role in shaping talk radio, conservative media, and the Republican Party. “He was this brilliant, gifted entertainer. But it was kind of like the dark arts,” said Rosenwald. “He used his power to do a lot of terrible things.”

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The Washington Post

Rush Limbaugh is ailing. And so is the conservative talk radio industry

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences said radio station owners are unlikely to invest in local personalities due to financial constraints, putting AM radio “in imminent danger, unless someone comes along to invest enough to enable it to become a local medium again.”

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The Washington Post

Conservative media decry Capitol riot, but grievances remain

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences said conservative media figures may hesitate to issue retractions or contradict President Trump. “Introspection and regret would require peeling back the curtain and admitting that in the interest of putting on the best show possible, they often use hyperbolic or ... extreme presentations because they are more gripping or entertaining than nuance,” Rosenwald said.

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The Washington Post

Does Electoral College end election for conservative media?

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences said conservative media are shaped by their audience’s preferences. “As conservative media proliferated, it put a lot more pressure on the hosts to move to the right and embrace warfare politics,” he said. “If they don’t, they get accused of selling out. This is a business.”

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Los Angeles Times

Want to change Hollywood culture? Stop using classic movie formulas

PIK Professor John Jackson Jr. authored an op-ed about how clichés in filmmaking oversimplify complex issues like racism. “A truly diverse and inclusive Hollywood will need the courage to forsake many of the classic formulas that it believes audiences require for the grandest stories it tries to tell,” he wrote.

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The Washington Post

Conservative media helps Trump perform ‘law and order’ in Portland, with risks for November

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about media coverage of the federal crackdown in Portland, Oregon. “The framing of this is dramatically different news channel to news channel, and this is an instance in which the visuals are difficult to understand because you’re seeing people in what look to be a kind of military uniform, and it’s unfolding at night,” she said.

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