GLAAD Where We Are on TV Report

GLAAD’s (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Where We Are on TV Report: 2010-2011 Season has just been released.

From the Report’s Overview:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) representations have increased for the third year in a row to a record percentage according to an analysis of the 2010-2011 scripted primetime broadcast television season conducted by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). The Where We Are on TV report forecasts the expected presence of LGBT characters in the upcoming 2010-2011 television schedule.

The study shows that LGBT representations will account for 3.9% of all scripted series regular characters in the 2010-2011 broadcast television schedule, up from 3% in 2009, 2.6% in 2008, and 1.1% in 2007. The number of regular LGBT characters on cable has also increased following a two year decline, up to 35 from a count of 25 last year.

Included in the Report are sections on Diversity on Scripted TV; LGBT Characters: Broadcast; LGBT Characters: Cable; Leading Roles; and Supporting Roles.

You can also access the four previous reports beginning in 2006-2007.

Paley Center for Media database

This semester Penn Libraries is proud to be a test site for The Paley Center for Media‘s database of television and radio programming which they are in the process of making available to college libraries. The Paley Center’s permanent media collection contains nearly 150,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, available both in New York and Los Angeles. It constitutes the largest single repository of American television programming in the world.

The online database offers synopses, along with production credits for the programs. For the first time, beginning with this trial, they are offering online access to 15,000+ digitized programs in their collection to selected universities. In addition to the digitized content, users will also have access to the metadata of the complete collection of over 150,000 programs.

The way it will work is like this. If you want to explore this resource at here at Annenberg you must access it at the work station in the Library right outside my office. You will first be asked to set up an account (simply provide your UPenn email address and give yourself a password). Once you do that you’re in. You may also access the Paley database at Van Pelt.

Accessing the collection at Penn
By the terms of our contract with the Paley Center, the digital content will not be available for streaming directly to your computer. Instead, there will be specially designated PCs located at the following locations at the Van Pelt Library and the Annenberg Library.

I.Laptops (10)
10 laptops will circulate from Rosengarten Reserve Desk. Make sure you ask for a laptop configured with the Paley login.

II.Van Pelt Library Rooms (10)
A.Weigle Information Commons:
Room 124
Room 126
B.Class of 1955 Conference Room:
1 C55 CR
C.Ormandy Center:
1 Film Studies Classroom (Ormandy, Room 425)
5 Music & Media Rooms (Ormandy, Rooms 424.3-424.7)

III. Annenberg Library
Designated PC

NPR Transcripts

As part of National Public Radio’s site relaunch in July came a new free-text policy for transcripts. More than 80,000 transcripts are now available going back to May 2005 (they used to charge for them). Observes Susanne Bjorner, writing in The CyberSkeptics Guide to Internet Research (October 2009), “NPR says that transcripts are ‘largely accurate’ but acknowledges that there may be some spelling or grammatical errors and that, in some cases the text may not align perfectly with the audio” Some random testing on her part “indicates that available transcripts are indexed by every word, making the backfile a major new free source for research in news, business, and culture.”

NPR transcripts are also available at LexisNexis (see previous post) but you may want to go straight to the horse’s mouth from now on.

Introducing adViews!

Great news! Duke University’s TV commercial collections spanning from the 1940s to the present, have gone online. From the website:

“The AdViews digital collection provides access to thousands of historic commercials created for clients or acquired by the D’Arcy Masius Benton and Bowles advertising agency or its predecessor during the 1950s – 1980s. All of the commercials held in the DMBB Archives will be digitized, allowing students and researchers access to a wide range of vintage brand advertising from the first four decades of mainstream commercial television.”

AdViews is a collaborative project between the Digital Collections Program and the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, as well as a number of other groups, at Duke University.

Ads can be searched by keywords, company name, product, and by date. There are also broader categories to browse such as “Health and Beauty,” “Transportation and Travel,” “Food and Beverage,” among others.

Note: To view the ads one needs to open them in iTunes. That appears to be the only option.

Consumers International

Consumers International has been around since 1960 and describes itself as serving “as the only independent and authoritative global voice for consumers.” It’s useful for a more worldly perspective on consumer issues and has lots of media-related reports and projects on such topics as irresponsible drug promotion, junk food marketing, the mobile phone industry and communication about climate change as it relates to consumerism.

Check out these reports and briefings:
Left Wanting More: Food company Policies on Marketing to Children (March 2009)
New Media, same Old Tricks: A Survey of the Marketing of Food to Children on Food Company Websites (March 2009)
Drugs, doctors and Dinners: How Drug Companies Influence Health in the Developing World (October 2007)
Research Briefing: Promotion of Prescription Drugs in the Developing World (2009)

Crime and Media Reference Set

Just in: a three-volume set from the Sage Library of Criminology, Crime and Media, edited by Yvonne Jewkes (2009, Annenber Ref). Includes important and influential work from contemporary and classic literature traversing media studies and criminology.

Table of Contents:
Part 1: Media ‘effects’
The Nature and Extent of the Panic H. Cantril
Transmission of Aggression through Imitation of Aggressive Models A. Bandura, D. Ross and S. A. Ross
Ten Things wrong with the “effects model” D. Gauntlett
The Inventory S. Cohen
Rethinking “Moral Panic” for Multi-Mediated Social Worlds A. McRobbie and S. Thornton
On the Concept of Moral Panic D. Garland
“Bringin’ it all back home”: Populism, media coverage and the dynamics of locality and globality in the politics of crime control R. Sparks
Part 2: Audiences, Punitiveness and Fear of Crime
The Function of Fiction for the Punitive Public A. King and S. Maruna
Red Tops, Populists and the Irresistible Rise of the Public Voice(s) M. Ryan
Ethnicity, Information Sources, and Fear of Crime J. Lane and J.W. Meeker
Public Sensibilities Towards Crime: Anxieties of affluence E. Girling, I. Loader and R. Sparks
Communicating the Terrorist Risk: Harnessing a culture of fear? G. Mythen and S. Walklate
How Media Has Changed Since “The Day That Changed Everything” D. Schechter
Part 3: Ownership and Control
Culture, Communications and Political Economy P. Golding and G. Murdock
Economic Conditions and Ideologies of Crime in the Media: A content analysis of crime news M. Hickman Barlow, D.E. Barlow and T.G. Chiricos
Media Control: The spectacular achievements of propaganda N. Chomsky
Watching what we Say: Global communication in a time of fear T. Magder
Market or Party Controls?: Chinese media in transition B.H. Winfield and Z. Peng
Guerrilla Tactics of Investigative Journalists in China J. Tong
Rise of New Media J. Curran
Penal Populism, the Media and Information Technology J. Pratt
Part 1: Crime News
What Makes Crime News? J. Katz
The Construction of Crime News Y. Jewkes
Black Sheep and Rotten Apples: The press and police deviance S. Chibnall
Crime as a Signal, Crime as a Memory M. Innes
In re the Legal System L.S. Chancer
Doing Newsmaking Criminology from within the Academy G. Barak
Part 2 Victims and Offenders
Framing Homicide Narratives in Newspapers: Mediated witness and the construction of virtual victimhood M. Peelo
Offending Media: The social construction of offenders, victims and the probation service Y. Jewkes
The Rise and Rise of Imputed Filth V. Alia and S. Bull
Crimewatch UK: Keeping women off the streets C.K. Weaver
Reporting Violence in the British print Media: Gendered stories B. Naylor
From Invisible to Incorrigible: The demonization of marginalized women and girls M. Chesney-Lind and M. Eliason
Part 3: Media Representations of the Criminal Justice System
The Entertainment Media and the Social Construction of Crime and Justice R. Surette
Trial by Fire: Media constructions of corporate deviance G. Cavender and A. Mulcahy
Policing and the Media R. Reiner
British Justice: Not suitable for public viewing? D. Stepniak
Inside the American Prison Film B. Jarvis
Television, Public Space and Prison Population: A commentary on Mauer and Simon T. Mathiesen
Part 1: Crime and the Surveillance Culture
Surveillance Studies: An Overview D. Lyon
Digital Rule: Punishment, control and technology R. Jones
The Surveillant Assemblage K.D. Haggerty and R.V. Ericson
What’s New about the “new surveillance”? Classifying for Change and Continuity G.T. Marx
You’ll never Walk Alone: CCTV surveillance, order and neo-liberal rule in Liverpool city centre R. Coleman and J. Sim
The Viewer Society: Michel Foucault’s “Panopticon” revisited T. Mathiesen
Part 2: Crime, Deviance and the Internet
The Emerging Consensus on Criminal Conduct in Cyberspace M. Goodman and S. Brenner
Criminal Exploitation of Online Systems by Organised Crime Groups K-K. R. Choo and R. Smith
The problem of Stolen Identity and the Internet E. Finch
Approaching the Radical Other: The discursive culture of cyberhate S. Zickmund
The Nature of Child Pornography E. Quayle and M. Taylor
How Material are Cyberbodies? Broadband Internet and embodied subjectivity L. Gies
Part 3: Crime Control in a Global, Virtual and Mediatized World
Controlling Cyberspace? K.F. Aas
Cybercrimes and Cyberliberties: Surveillance, privacy and crime control M. Yar
Catching Cyber-criminals: Policing the Internet D. Wall
Why the Police don’t Care about Cybercrime M. Goodman
The Problem of Child Pornography on the Internet: International responses Y. Jewkes and C. Andrews

Communication and Mass Media Complete Comes to Penn

Communication and Mass Media Complete is the latest redwood to be added to our research environment, dense forest that it is. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study. CMMC offers cover-to-cover (“core”) indexing and abstracts for more than 460 journals, and selected (“priority”) coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 660 titles. The database includes full text for over 350 journals. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable cited references from their first issues to the present (dating as far back as 1915). Other notable features include a sophisticated Communication Thesaurus and comprehensive reference browsing (i.e. searchable cited references for peer-reviewed journals covered as “core”), author profiles (over 5,000 to date) providing biographical data and bibliographic information on the most prolific, most cited, and most frequently searched for authors in the database.

Penn still subscribes to that other great Communication database, Communication Abstracts, which sits on the CSA platform of many other social science databases that can be search simultaneously.

Both databases are available from the main webpage.

American Black Journal

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) together with Michigan State University (MSU) have collaborated to catalog, preserve, and provide internet public access to the entire corpus of shows from the DPT television series, American Black Journal, that aired from 1968-2002.

Both DPTV and MSU shared in the two main goals of this project–digital preservation of the ABJ tapes and using the shows to create a significant, accessible multimedia archive of African-American history. The programs cover a broad spectrum of African American history:

1. Education and Families: Building Opportunity and Community
2. Leadership: Politics, Politicians, and Reform
3. Musical Roots: Jazz, Motown, Gospel, Hip Hop, & Techno
4. Literature and Language: The Richness and Diversity of Black Voices
5. Religion and Spiritual Life
6. Sports and Entertainment: Actors, Athletes and the Black Community
7. Africa and African-Americans
8. Urban Challenges: Development, Re-development, CommunityLife
9. Poverty, Progress, Rise of BlackBusinesses and Professionals
10. Motor City & Motown: Detroit in Regional and National Context

You can search the site by these themes as well as chronologically by decade; the programs themselves are a mere click or two away as you navigate this simple, handsomely designed site.

BBC , Bush Free Speech Legacy, The Satanic Verses at 20

The Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television’ s last issue of 2008 (Volume 28, Issue 4) is devoted entirely to the BBC. This special issue is titled: BBC World Service, 1932-2007: Cultural Exchange and Public Diplomacy. In honor of the BBC celebrating its 75th year in broadcasting a conference was held in December 2007 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London to reflect on three quarters of a century of overseas broadcasting from Britain. “Organised by the ARHC-funded Open University research project, ‘Tuning In: Diasporic Contact Zones at BBC World Service’, it brought together broadcasters, academics and policy-makers to engage in a series of debates about the World Service. The papers in this special issue…are drawn from that conference and will, it is hoped, add to the development of a critical mass that will ensure, in future, the history of international broadcasting receives the academic and public attention and understanding it deserves” (from the Introduction by Marie Gillepsie, Alban Webb, and Gerd Baumann).

Index on Censorship (Volume 37, Number 4, 2008) assesses the future of free speech in the United States in the wake of the Bush era: Eric Lichtblau on the White House’s wiretapping program, Patrick Radden Keefe on executive power, Jameel Jaffer on the remaining secrets of the Bush administration, Rich Piltz on climate change, Geoffry Stone on war and speech, Zoriah Miller on image control, Lawrence Krauss on intelligent design, Christopher Finan on monitoring libraries and reading habits, and more.

In this same issue is a special section honoring the 20th anniversary of a free speech watershed, the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. Publisher Peter Mayer, Nadine Gordimer, Malise Ruthven, and others weigh in.

Both journals are available from the Penn Libraries page.

Bibliographic Essays on Reality TV and War Reportage in CBQ

Two review essays in the field’s only book review quarterly, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, collect monograph scholarship in the areas of reality television and war reportage. For both topics the bibliographic essays are selective rather than exhaustive.

Twenty titles from recent scholarship (since 2000) in reality television begin with Mark Andrejevic’s Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched (2003) and end with Christopher J. Wright’s Tribal Warfare: Survivor and the Political Unconscious of Reality TV (2006).

The review essay, Reporting on Wars and the Military (Part 1), is divided into Survey Histories, Issues and Controversies, followed by individual wars: The Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. Interestingly, there seems to be more attention paid to The Civil War and Vietnam than the World Wars, at least from the number of titles selected for each in this particular essay by media historian, Christopher Sterling. I’m assuming the next issue will continue with Part II which will probably focus on the Iraq wars and the war on terror.