From stories in the news, to characters in popular TV shows or reality shows, people with mental illness are often played for laughs, or distorted to create conflict in a plot line or simply misleading. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in a given year. So, this is touching almost 20% of our friends, neighbors and colleagues. How are these media portrayals influencing our understanding of what it means to be mentally ill, or mentally healthy?
Media Inside Out is a television talk show that explores the media we love to watch, listen to, read and play with an analytical and critical approach. Topics have included a discussion of diversity in commercials; the influence of news editing; and the shift in audience role from consumer to author. Media Inside Out approaches media with an appreciation for its potential as entertainment, and even as an educational tool, but balances that with an understanding of its impact and influence. Each episode digs deep into a specific media theme or media property. The series is produced and hosted by Sherri Hope Culver, director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University. Program segments and information are conveyed in an entertaining, playful manner. The show explores, reveals, clarifies, and ultimately helps the audience appreciate the power of the media in their lives and their relationship with that media.Media Inside Out promotes creative and intellectual dialogue, while encouraging viewers to analyze their own media habits.