Whether you click on or turn on or scan through your daily news update, it’s probably undeniable that the way in which that news is covered makes your head hurt, or your stomach churn, or riles up your anxiety. Of course it does, it’s designed to do just that. News stories don’t just inform us about a hurricane or a shooting or some awful tragedy, they use words and visuals selected for their ability to evoke emotion. Emotional connections keep us glued to whatever media we’re consuming. And consuming more media for longer periods of time is how most media companies generate more revenue. But what toll is this overly-hyped, overly-dramatic news reporting taking on our personal psyche, or our national psyche for that matter. How does it aid or hinder our actual understanding of the news? Guests Lauren Kogen, Media and Communication Professor at Temple University, and Ellen Gray, the television critic for Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer/Philly.com join host Sherri Hope Culver to discuss how the media sensationalizes tragedy.
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.