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What Messages Do Our Children Get from Reality Television?

posted by Nell Minow

Janelle Harris has a thoughtful essay called “How Reality TV Has Changed Our Daughters” on The Root. Far, far away from network storyboarding and big-money business decisions—but not beyond their reaches—I am raising a 16-year-old daughter. She’s a good girl, […]

I Forgive You: A Powerful and Inspiring New Series on GMC

posted by Nell Minow

GMC has a deeply moving new documentary series premiering this Sunday at 9 and 11 called I Forgive You, with stories of people to forgive those who have hurt them or someone they love.  Instead of the usual reality fare […]

Reality TV: Pro and Con

posted by Nell Minow

“Does Reality Television Do More Harm Than Good?” Fans and foes of reality television and fans of the art of argument and persuasion of all kinds will want to tune in as the debate teams from Harvard and Columbia rev […]

What is ‘Real’ About Reality TV?

posted by Nell Minow

Kelefa Sanneh has a thoughtful essay in the New Yorker about “reality television,” how it developed, why it fascinates us, and how “real” it really is.  From the Loud family to “Jersey Shore,” they are based on the idea of […]

An American Family (Again): Cinema Verite, the Louds, and the Invention of ‘Reality’ TV

posted by Nell Minow

In 1971, a documentary film-maker named Craig Gilbert approached Pat Loud, a California mother of five, to ask her to allow him to observe her family the way anthropologist Margaret Mead observed the Samoans — and to do it on […]

What is the Phrase Heard on Every Single Reality Show?

posted by Nell Minow

I’m not here to make friends! Be sure to take a look at this hilarious compilation of “I’m not here to make friends” moments from reality shows compiled by Rich Juzwiak of VH1. Here’s a sample: His terrific and very […]

Do Reality Shows Abuse Children?

posted by Nell Minow

The Wrap has a provocative column by Domnic Patten about the impact of reality television programs on the children who participate in them. One problem is a loophole in the law. If children are working as actors on a film […]

Jon and Kate: Can Their Marriage Be Saved?

posted by Nell Minow

Why do we care so much about Jon and Kate? Why is the show about these two people and their twins and sextuplets so popular? And why are their marital problems getting so much attention? I feel terribly sad for […]

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Interview: Adriana Trigiani of "Big Stone Gap"
Adriana Trigiani really is from a coal mining town in Virginia called Big Stone Gap and the biggest movie star in the world did choke on a chicken bone there. Now if that is not enough to inspire a book and a movie, I don't know what ...

posted 3:31:02pm Oct. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Carolyn Hax on the Toughest Media Question Parents Face
I am a huge fan of advice columnist Carolyn Hax, whose compassionate and insightful responses are always illuminating and often very funny. And I love the witty meta-commentary in the accompanying illustrations from Nick Galifianakis. Today, ...

posted 10:54:14am Oct. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara in "Trash"
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posted 8:00:26am Oct. 06, 2015 | read full post »

John Hanlon Interviews Beth Kushnick on Designing for "The Good Wife"
"The Good Wife" has one of the best production design teams on television, so I was especially interested to read the interview my friend John Hanlon did with Beth Kushnick, set designer Beth Kushnick for The Credits. I loved the way she ...

posted 2:58:59pm Oct. 05, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: "Back in Time" -- Documentary About the Making of "Back to the Future"
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posted 8:00:15am Oct. 05, 2015 | read full post »


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