What We Missed

Tim Wise’s gives us a math lesson in his “Open Letter to the White Right on the Occasion of Your Recent Successful Temper Tantrum.”

The media loved to talk about the power of women during this election cycle. Here’s some thoughts on the ladies who are here to stay and those who we will only remember via SNL parodies and Youtube mashups.

Laura Rahman discusses her new documentary, Broken Social Contracts, exploring sexual assault on the campuses of Spelman and Morehouse.

Is Reality TV A Revolution for Race or the New Minstrel: A Review of Jenn Pozner’s new book on reality TV stereotypes and how they will and do affect women and girls. (I’m gonna go ahead and guess minstrel…)

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  1. Posted November 4, 2010 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    I think one may be making things too complicated by focusing on race with respect to reality TV. Reality TV has a reputation of thriving on conflict and playing either to traditional roles/values or to shock value (which generally run on the idea that viewers at least have some kind of respect for or acknowledgement of traditional roles/values). When you are dealing with traditional thought (in roles and value), you’re usually dealing with stereotypes, and you’re almost guaranteed to give some attention to sexist, racist, or other discriminatory viewpoint that will be displayed in too positive of a light. I don’t know if such shows with discriminatory messages can be categorized as “minstrel” necessarily, but it will nevertheless be a message of poor quality and merit.

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