Reality Bites - Jennifer Pozner, College and Community Lecture Series
Speaker Jennifer Pozner
7:30 pm, Collins Recital Hall (L106)
Grande Prairie Regional College
No admission fee; everyone welcome.
"Why Reality TV is bad for Women . . . and men, people of colour, the economy, love, sex and plain common sense!"
What does it mean to be female in America today?
According to reality TV, women are gold diggers, bimbos, and bitches. Women of color are violent, “low class” whores. Straight, single gals are pathetic losers and, we’re led to believe, it’s hilarious when they get mocked, dumped, or punched in the face.
Television has erased all signs that the women’s rights, civil rights, and gay and lesbian rights movements ever occurred.
The picture of America displayed through the lens of shows like The Bachelor, America's Next Top Model and Flavor of Love is profoundly warped. The masterminds of reality television have created a world in which women not only have no real choices…they don’t even want any.
In her eye-opening lecture -- Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV is Bad for Women (...and Men, People of Color, The Economy, Love, Sex and Sheer Common Sense!) -- Jennifer L. Pozner reveals who is creating this pop cultural backlash against women’s rights and social progress, who is profiting from it, and why. Pozner takes a fierce, funny, and in-depth look at how reality TV affects our beliefs, our behavior, and our culture.
Using humor, video clips from your favorite programs, and a decade of journalistic research, Pozner deconstructs reality TV’s twisted fairytales, demonstrating that far from harmless “guilty pleasures,” this form of pop culture has a damaging impact on our intellectual and political development. Project Brainwash gives you the tools to understand and challenge stereotypes and become active, critical media consumers. You'll never see dating, modeling, makeover and lifestyle shows the same way again -- and you'll laugh, a lot!