"Emoji Dick and World Communication"




Friday September 22, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Michael B. Gillespie (City University of New York)
“Death Grips: Film Blackness and Contemporary Cinema”


Friday, October 20, 12:00- 2:00
Rob King (Columbia University)
“The Revelations of Bill Hicks, or, Rethinking Standup Comedy as a Mode of Social Critique.”


Friday, December 1, 12:00- 2:00
Joseph Jeon (Pomona College)
"Wire Aesthetics: Tube Entertainment’s Flops and the Protocols of Late US Empire"

Bioluminescence research at Connecticut College is expanding the boundaries of science.

Kellner's theory of resistance, supplemented by Benjamin's call for action, must now cross its toughest barrier: How can the individual (or a group of them) carry out his or her intention to become a producer when most of the distribution channels are owned and guarded by corporations?


12:00- 2:00 PM, Friday, Jan 19, 2018

Everything you learn and do at Conn prepares you for our interconnected world.

Looking down onto Tempel Green. Connecticut College’s arboretum campus sits on 750 acres, and offers a quality of life and a conservation classroom unique among liberal arts institutions.


Ibid. 161. Italics in the original.

A breakdown of the senior staff of NBC is probably typical of other networks. At NBC's New York Headquarters in the network news division, of 645 employees, 96% were white. In that department, which monitors, writes about and broadcasts news across the globe, only 16 were African-American, 8 were Latino and 6 were Asian. As we know these percentages do not represent the actual "key employees" position, 270 jobs in all, can be broken down as follows: 142 white males, 121 white females, 3 black males, 2 black females, 2 Latinos and one Asian female. (1)

Michael Moore, "The Movies & Me," The Nation (Nov. 4, 1996), 10.

Despite the gains and changes that the television industry has strived to achieve, the results are few and far between. Barriers, such as the homogeneity of the industry and the "bottom line," all create a complexity of situation that is not conducive to altering an entire industry. If there aren't people from the top of the ladder pushing rigorously for changes, the probability of successfully regulating the media and entertainment industries are rather slight. The winds of change must start up top and work their way down in order for there to be a visible difference in the composition of casts and portrayal of minorities. So, who is actually in charge of putting on the shows that we watch??? We'll use NBC as a typical network and it will be representative of the other major networks. According to recent figures from the "Reality in Television" report:

Herber I. Schiller, "On That Chart," The Nation (June 3, 1996), 16.

It seems as though the media industry is more concerned with humoring opponents with token changes and superficial modifications, but in reality substantial change is not the terminology that comes to mind when referring to the places minorities hold in television. If certain minority groups are less visible than they were 40 years ago, how does that bode for the future? Do we continue on the same path that we have paved for ourselves, or do we take a more pro-active role and diverge from the established path and pave a new road? In light of the industry's sloth-like movements, these are questions that must be presented to society.

Herber I. Schiller, "On That Chart," The Nation (June 3, 1996), 16.

This proves to be a very difficult environment to introduce multi-cultural programming in. People inherently cast people who look like them in professional roles and roles that are looked upon positively. And of course, when it comes time to cast a role that is looked upon negatively, people tend to cast it with people who don't look like themselves. Is this a conscious behavior probably not, but it will take a conscious effort to reverse this trend that lends itself to stereotyping and racism.