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Reading Media: Resources
Resources and links are offered for those seeking further background in the critical reading of media.


AskMen.comFashion and Lifestyle. An archive of articles on men’s fashion from handbags to complete image overhauls. Updated every two weeks.

Famous Fictional Same-Sex Couples on TV
This site sponsored by the Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples lists television programs that depict same-sex couples and provides brief descriptions of the characters in those programs.

This site has incomparable archives. For those searching for fan-based rewriting of media texts, stories are listed by categories that include TV shows, anime, books, movies, and comics. All stories are rated, and can be searched by author, title, keyword, and summary.

In addition to showcasing runway shows of couture designers, this site provides resources and links on fashion magazines and designers, art and design, and global fashion trends.

Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Television Characters
This website offers a list of television programs that have included gay/lesbian/bisexual characters as a part of their regular or semi-regular casts compiled by David Wyatt.

GameGirlAdvance (GGA)
GGA is a weblog and online journal that brings alternative perspectives to videogame culture. This site analyzes various aspects of gaming in the context of modern pop culture, like what makes games fun, what youth can learn from games, music, film, and fashion.

Game Studies is a cross-disciplinary journal dedicated to games research, web-published several times a year. Their mission is to explore the rich cultural genre of games; to give scholars a peer-reviewed forum for their ideas and theories; to provide an academic channel for the ongoing discussions on games and gaming.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation provide an excellent Eye on the Media section for those interested in updates, releases, and commentary on LGBT representation in the Media. Op-eds and ways to take action are also offered.

Media Awareness Network
This site is an invaluable resource for both teachers and parents interested in media and internet education. Lessons, activities, and resources are available on a variety of media issues, and searchable by grade level and subject heading.

An essential for resource not only for those interested in music video, but all who study teen culture and teen demographics.

The Paley Center for Media
Offering updates and press releases on upcoming exhibits.

Redefining the word “snark,” TWOP is an excellent example of community-based television criticism. The site offers recaps and extended commentary on almost all current primetime dramas and melodramas, and a large archive of shows from recent history.

UCLA Center for Communication Policy
This site provides information and results on UCLA’s international internet project created to explore how computers, information technology and their users are shaping and changing society.


Berger, John. Ways of Seeing.
London: Penguin Group, 1972.

Born to Be Wired: Understanding the First Wired Generation. July 2003

Brown, Mary-Ellen. Television and Women’s Culture: The Politics of the Popular.
Sage Publications, London, 1990.

Craik, Jennifer. The Face of Fashion: Cultural Studies in Fashion.
London: Routledge, 1994.

De Kerckhove, Derrick. The Skin of Culture: Investigating the New Electronic Reality. Toronto: Somerville, 1995.

Dominick, Joseph R. The Dynamics of Mass Communication. Updated 1994 ed.
New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1994.

Duncan, Barry. Mass Media and Popular Culture.
Boston, 1989.

Ewen, Stuart. All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1984.

Fiske, John. Media Matters.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.

Fiske, John. Television Culture. Methuen Drama, 1988.

Fiske, John. Understanding Popular Culture.

Grant, Christina. Teens, Sex, and the Media: Is There a Connection?
Official Journal of the Canadian Pediatric Society. Vol. 8, No. 5. June 2003.

Greenberg, Bradley S., Brown, Jane D. and Buerkel-Rothfuss, Nancy. Media, Sex and the Adolescent. Cresskill: Hampton Press, 1993.

Heins, Marjorie. Sex, Sin and Blasphemy: A Guide to America’s Censorship Wars.
New York: The New Press, 1993.

Jenkins, Henry. Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture. Routledge, 1992.

Keeble, Richard. The Newspapers Handbook.
New York, Routledge, 1994.

Kessler, Lauren and McDonald, Duncan. Mastering the Messages: Media Writing with Substance and Style. Wadsworth, Inc., 1989.

Livesley, Jack; McMahon, Barrie; Pungente, John; and Quin, Robyn. Meet the Media.
Toronto: Globe Press, 1990.

Masterman, Len. Teaching About Television.
London: MacMillan Press, 1980.

McCracken, Ellen. Decoding Women’s Magazines From Mademoiselle to Ms.
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

Office of National Drug Control Policy and Mediascope Macro International, Inc. Substance Use in Popular Prime-Time Television (Results).

Press, Andrea. Women Watching Television: Gender, Class and Generation in the American Television Experience.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.

Quin, Robyn and McMahon, B. Understanding Soaps: A Student’s and Teacher’s Guide to Learning About Television.
Mount Coot-tha: the Seven Mountain Network, 1993.

Rich, Carole. Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method.
Wadsworth, Inc. 1994.

Schrank, Jeffrey. Understanding Mass Media. 4th ed.
National Textbook Company, 1991.

Tasker, Yvonne. Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema.
Great Britain: Routledge, 1993.

Van Hook, Bailey. Angels of Art; Women and Art in American Society, 1876-1914.
Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA, 1996.

Video / Film

Dreamworlds 2: Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video. Dir Sut Jhally. Video/DVD. The Media Education Foundation, 1995.

Off the Straight and Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Television. Dir. Sut Jhally. The Media Education Foundation, 1998.

Additional Materials

Film Glossary
Based on the Stephan Price book, Movies and Meaning, this glossary covers film terminology from lenses and filters to shot composition.

Reading Film: Analysis Framework
Based on the Stephan Price book, Movies and Meaning, lists the basic components of a formal analysis of film.

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