The Social Layers of TV and Film Fandom

How is watching your favorite show a form of "social media"?

Why We Need Fantasy

What exactly do we get out of watching romantic relationships on television?

Eulogy for My Brother Who Suffered from Mental Illness

A Sister's Eulogy Reflects on the Life of a Sibling with Mental Illness

Body Image Revolution

Positive Psychology is making inroads to helping women feel better about ourselves and our bodies.

Film Appreciation

How our favorite films help us grapple with what's most meaningful in life.

Parenting Tips from Don & Betty Draper? Why We Watch Mad Men

What can we learn about parenting from Mad Men's Don and Betty Draper—fans know.

Selfies and Status Updates

Are too many selfies and status updates telling your friends to back away slowly?

Come Over to My House

New media bring us a new window to the world of everyday people.

Brave New World: Petition Tells Disney to Leave Merida Alone

The Sexualization and Objectification of a Beloved Character Sparks Petition to Keep Merida Brave

Facebook: Lurking, Liking and Life Satisfaction

On Facebook, passive lurking is associated with envy, but active participation is associated with good feelings.

Sick and Tired of Politics? Political Detox Tips

Stressed by political coverage: How to chillax and not Unfriend your politically minded FB and Twitter friends.

Playing an Assassin

When it comes to violence and race in games, the discussion shouldn't always be black and white.

"Hunger Games" for Middle Aged Women

Brides turn to feeding tube diet to try to catch the beauty ideal. Is it time for women to say enough is enough?

The Power of Film as Storyteller: Oscar Nominee “The Help”

Oscar nominee The Help tackles racism and sexism and views motherhood, daughterhood and friendship along the lines of authenticity.

Story and Symbol: V for Vendetta and OWS

We often think of media consumption as a mundane and meaningless experience. I say it’s more than that. I say it’s nothing less poetic than humanity collectively processing dreams, nightmares and inspirations.

The Israeli Tahrir Square: New Media and Politics in Action

The Israeli tent demonstrations: Why are the networks and newspapers ignoring them?

New Study Investigates Stage Fright in Elite Actors

Behind the curtain: actors and stage fright.

Sex Is Too Obscene for Kids, but Violence Isn't? Brown v. Entertainment Merchants

Should entertainment merchants make child protection decisions? The Supreme Court decides they should.

Digital Intimacy

An exposed Congressman underscores how the rules of social engagement have changed in our brave new (digital) world.

I Heard the News Today, Oh Boy

How did you learn about Bin Laden's death? On Television, in the morning paper, or via Tweet or Facebook post?

Modern Love: Digital Connections

Bowie sang that Modern Love "terrifies me." What would he have thought about the way modern love has gone digital?

Blaming the Media When Tragedy Strikes

When a national tragedy like Tuscon strikes, we search for an explanation. Should we blame or exonerate the media?

Girl Power? The Modern Violent Media Heroine

Does Sex + Violence in the Media = Girl Power?

Making a (Video) Game Out of Rape

Video game "RapeLay" Makes Entertainment Out of Raping Women and Girls

Love Is...Online

How Many of Us Use our Computers to Explore Love and Relationships

First Black Disney Princess Debuts, 70+ years after Snow White

From a Snow White princess to the first Black princess - Disney makes a positive move this Christmas season

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