Did you know that Media Education Foundation movies can now be streamed from Penn Libraries? MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to develop critical thinking and promote conversations in the culture about the social, political, and cultural impact of the mass media. “From films about the commercialization of childhood and the subtle, yet widespread, effects of pornography, pop-cultural misogyny and sexism, to titles that deal with the devastating effects of rapacious consumerism…,” MEF’s mission is to help students understand “the hyper-mediated world around them.”
Penn’s collection of MEF titles stands at 148 videos. Instead to coming to the ASC Library or the Van Pelt Circulation desk to borrow the DVDs students and faculty are a few clicks away from viewing them anytime anywhere at this link.
Look for “best sellers” as: Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women; Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture; Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood; The Mean World Syndrome; Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People; Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power; Stuart Hall: Representation & the Media; Brand New You – Makeover Television and the American Dream; Pornland: How the Porn Industry Has Hijacked Our Sexuality; The Codes of Gender: Identity and Performance in Pop Culture.
More broadly, the MEF collection resides on the Kanopy platform that includes over 14 thousand educational films from other suppliers such as PBS, the BBC, The Teaching Company, New Day Films, Media Policy Center, HBO, Sport Videos, and Soundworks (which features political speeches). In addition to film directors and suppliers, Kanopy titles can be searched by categories–Media & Communications, Social Sciences, Film and Popular–and sub-categories within those. Within the Arts category is an Experimental/Alternative Media section. So it’s worth clicking around a bit.