Cinema & Media Studies

Cable news networks have grown more polarized

An Annenberg School for Communication analysis of 10 years of cable TV news reveals a growing partisan gap as networks like Fox and MSNBC have shifted to the right or the left of the political spectrum.

From Annenberg School for Communication

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.

From Annenberg School for Communication

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The Washington Post

Mississippi banned ‘Sesame Street’ for showing Black and white kids playing

According to Linda Simensky of the School of Arts & Sciences, there was a general feeling among 1960s TV executives that kids would watch anything that looked like it was for kids, leading them to not spend much money on programs.


ABC News

Collection of voice data for profit raises privacy fears

Joseph Turow of the Annenberg School for Communication says that consumer voices can be used to reveal a wealth of knowledge to companies, including height, weight, ethnicity, personality traits, and possible health issues.


The Conversation

How does a child become a shooter? Research suggests easy access to guns and exposure to screen violence increase the risk

A co-authored study by Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that acts of gun violence in PG-13 movies have nearly tripled in the 30 years since the rating was introduced.


ARS Technica

Study: 2017 rise in teen suicide rates due to seasonal shifts, not ‘13 Reasons Why’

A paper by Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center found a seasonal pattern to teen suicide rates that seems to coincide with the school year, declining in the summer months.


Soup slinging doesn't aid climate activism

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences says that non-violent direct actions are an important way to impact public opinion but notes that activists need to consider contemporary snapshot/soundbite culture.


Marketplace (NPR)

Social media has evolved as a crucial tool during election cycles—but it can also be misused

Pinar Yildirim of the Wharton School explains why the technology behind social media platforms can amplify misinformation and conspiracy theories.