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A listing of resources about mass media and its influence on public perception. Includes traditional print resources, Internet resources and movies which address this topic.


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Between God and gangsta rap : bearing witness to Black culture / Michael Eric Dyson.
Published/distributed: New York : Oxford Unviersity Press, 1996.

Black noise : rap music and black culture in contemporary America by Tricia Rose.
Published/distributed: [Middletown, Conn.] : Wesleyan University Press ; Hanover, NH : Published by University Press of New England, c1994.

Canaries in the mineshaft: essays on politics and media / Renata Adler.
Published/distributed: New York: St. Martin's Press, 1969, 1970 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

Covering Islam : how the media and the experts determine how we see the rest of the world / Edward W. Said.
Published/distributed: New York : Pantheon Books, c1981.
Notes from From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center, the American news media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria. In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most "objective" coverage of the Islamic world.

The Guerrilla Girls' bedside companion to the history of Western art / by the Guerrilla Girls.
Published/distributed: New York : Penguin Books, 1998.
Notes: Take a romp through the last two thousand years of Western Art with the Guerrilla Girls as your guides. Find answers to questions like these: Who put all those naked men in the classical sections of museums? Why did nuns have more fun in medieval times? Did a girl have to cross dress for success in the 19th century? How far does a female have to go from her home to become an artist? Why were the modern Masters more interested in painting prostitutes than Suffragettes? Read about the fascinating lives of the women artists who were able to make it, despite incredible social obstacles and sexist art historians

Manufacturing consent: the political economy of the mass media / Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky.
Published/Distributed: New York: Pantheon Books, 1988.

Microphone fiends : youth music & youth culture / edited by Andrew Ross & Tricia Rose.
Published/distributed: New York : Routledge, 1994.
Notes: Essays and interviews. The essays originated in a conference held at Princeton University, Nov. 1992, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the American Studies Program. Includes bibliographical references.

Orientalism / Edward W. Said. Published/distributed: New York : Pantheon Books, c1978.
Description from The Reader's Catalog While not strictly speaking anthropology, Said's discussion of how "the Orient" was constructed by Westerners as an explanation of the nature of the West has had enormous influence on how people write about non-Western cultures

Peace and its discontents : essays on Palestine in the Middle East peace process / by Edward W. Said ; with a preface by Christopher Hitchens. Published/distributed: New York : Vintage Books, 1995.
From the Publisher: Ever since Yasir Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands on the White House lawn, Israel and the Palestinian people have been engaged in what commentators persist in calling "the peace process." Yet Israel remains racked by violence and continuing land seizures, and Palestinians are more demoralized than ever before. Now in this probing and impassioned book, one of our foremost Palestinian-American intellectuals explains why the much-vaunted process has yet to produce peace - and is unlikely to as presently constituted. Whether Edward Said is addressing the fatal flaws in the PLO's bargain, denouncing fundamentalists on both sides of the religious divide, or calling our attention to the distortions in official coverage of the Arab world, he offers insights beyond the conventional wisdom and a sympathy that extends to both Israelis and Palestinians.

Race rebels : culture, politics, and the Black working class / Robin D.G. Kelley.
Published/distributed: New York : Free Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1994.
Notes: The book includes a perceptive discussion of the 1963 Birmingham struggle, recognizing that although the protests involved the African American community's middle class, lower income people also resisted segregation on their own terms. . . . The author creatively weaves together questions of political and cultural history, ranging from the participation of blacks in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to the oppositional implications of the zoot suit phenomenon amonginner city youth during WW II. In the last chapter Kelley considers the significance of aspects of 1990s black popular culture such as gangsta rap. This is a wide-ranging, challenging book that deserves attention by anyone seriously interested in African American culture.

Yo' mama's disfunktional! : fighting the culture wars in urban America / Robin D.G. Kelley.
Published/distributed: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c1997.


American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU website provides information on civil liberties as well as report on various ACLU activities.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
EFF "is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression in the arena of computers and the Internet."

Electronic Privacy Information Center
EPIC presents information on electronic privacy, cyberliberties, computer security, and privacy of personal information records. National and some international coverage includes dpcumetns and links regarding issues such as privacy, security, censorship and the Internet.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Independent media center
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.

Links to the News
From the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Links to current events issues.

Media Literacy Online Project
Links, discussion, resources devoted to media and its influence on children.

Media Statistics
Statistical data on media (a Canadian site, but contains American media data as well). Includes information on representation of women, minorities in media, and violence in media.

Guide to English-language news media.

Privacy International
Privacy International's web site presents news, documents, reports, and information on privacy issues

Public Agenda Online
"The journalist's inside source for public opinion and policy analysis."

Red Rock Eater News Service or
The Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE) is a mailing list organized by Phil Agre which addresses topics regarding social and political aspects of computing and networking.

Sahafa Online
"Directory of Arabic newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations with an Internet presence. Periodicals organized by the frequency of the publication (daily, weekly, monthly). Country of origin, as well as language and format (PDF, GIF) in which the publication is presented are listed. Radio and television sites listed separately." (Citation from the Librarians' Index to the Internet

"A web site that tries to make things clear." Essays on media.

Who Owns What
A list of media companies and the subsidiaries they own (news, television, magazine, radio…).

WWW News Resource Page Collection of media resources, including alternative resources.


Bamboozled / director, Spike Lee New Line Cinema presents a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; produced by Jon Kilik and Spike Lee ; written & directed by Spike Lee. [Calif.] : New Line Home Entertainment, [2001], c2000. 1 videocassette (136 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS ; Hi-fi, stereo, Dolby surround.

The Battle of Algiers / director, Gillo Pontecorvo Battaglia di Algeri, La (1965)
Summary: A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms.

Burn! / director, Gillo Pontecorvo ; 1969, c1968 ; United States :
Distributed by the Voyager Company, c1991.
"That's The Logic Of Profit, Isn't It?" In the 1830's, the island of Quemada in the Antilles is a Portuguese colony - that is, until an English agent provocateur arrives and inspires the black slaves to rise and expel the colonial authorities. However, as is always the way with revolutions, a group of middle-class power brokers seizes political control and the people's aspirations are betrayed. Ten years pass, and the sugar industry now requires peace and stability on Quemada. The continuing guerilla campaign by the dispossessed blacks is harming profits. The very same English adventurer is once more despatched to the island, this time to hunt down and eradicate the revolutionaries he created.

Wag the dog / director, Barry Levinson ; 1997 ; United States : Distributed by New Line Home Video, 1997. A political satire about a United States President caught in a sex scandal less than two weeks before the election. The White House sends for "Mr. Fix-it," a Washington spinmaster, who devises a war to distract the public's attention.



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