Involving Students in Media Literacy Plan Creation and Implementation

Megan Hopper, PhD Illinois State University khopper@ilstu.edu Joshua Fitzgerald, MS Illinois State University Jifitz1@ilstu.edu & Alexander Kritselis, MS Illinois State University agkrits@ilstu.edu Media scholars and educators are often avid media consumers conflicted by their awareness of the negative impact the media can have on individuals (including themselves) and their enjoyment of multiple forms of popular…

The Child Development Center Study of Adopted Identical Twins Reared Apart and My Media Adventures

Lawrence Perlman, PhD Independent Practice Ann Arbor, MI Perlman44@gmail.com Fifty years ago, I worked on a research study of identical twins who had been separated at birth and adopted without the adoptive parents’ knowledge that they were twins. The study was the brainchild of a child psychiatrist named Peter Neubauer who directed the Child Development…

Is Wall-To-Wall News Coverage Hurting Civil Discourse?

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD Stetson University cjfergus@stetson.edu In the modern news media environment, news consumers are faced with opportunities to experience “wall to wall” news coverage of issues, big and small. Often this coverage is heavy on hyperbole and “talking heads” but short on actual, clear information. Further, the market of news media has so…

Jack Ryan? Yes. Tom Clancy’s? Eh

Gregory F. (Greg) Zerovnik, EMBA, PhD California Institute of Advanced Management gzerovnik@verizon.net A review of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Were Tom Clancy still alive, how much would he recognize in this reincarnation of one of his most beloved fictional characters? Clancy’s original Jack Ryan, portrayed in film most memorably by Harrison Ford, has had his…

Short Films: Faster than a Speeding Bullet

Nancy DeVore, PhD Independent Researcher, Los Angeles ndevorepsych@gmail.com & Mary Gregerson, PhD Heartlandia Psychology mary.gregerson@aol.com Reviews of A Singe Life and The Box Directors for A Single Life: M. Blaauw, J. Oprins & J. Roggeveen Director for The Box: D. Kastelic Short films, like the superhero Superman, strike swiftly, deftly, and decisively. At 20 minutes…