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Do you shape the world or does it shape you? Drawing on leading thinkers from around the world, and with a torrent of mind-expanding ideas and information, THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH will make you think again about what it means to be free.
Watch this. Then imagine what it would be like if most of the images you saw of men in every form of media were like this too. It would be a little weird, right?
A new Always advert seeks to change what it means to be 'like a girl' by showing kids and adults reacting differently to the phrase. Women: if someone asked you to ‘run like a girl’, what would you do? Might you start running with dainty little steps? Or would you run the...
Admit it: you don’t really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your...
Think you aren't being fooled by advertising tricks? Take a look at this so-called expert revealing food marketing's secret weapon. No amount of marketing makes factory farming acceptable. You can stop the spin at http://www.ciwf.org.uk/truth
We've been saying this for years. There's no need for formal conspiracies when all of these economic and political elites share the same ideology, which they learned from their environment growing up in similar positions of privilege within the dominant culture. So glad to...
A documentary about addiction. Addiction of the digital kind. A film team deprived five ‘digital natives’ of their narcotic of choice for five days and recording the consequences. Will the outcome be positive? Or did it drive our subjects to distraction? Under the watchful...
So-called "balanced" climate change coverage usually means a skeptic is put up against a climate expert. Watch HBO funny man John Oliver explain why this set up is so absurd (warning: he likes to swear).
Everyone should watch this at least once. This short video by Gary Turk is a reminder of the effects of social media on our society. By connecting online, we are disconnecting offline. What are we missing from life as a result? What critical moments do we miss that we didn't...
Noam Chomsky believes that propaganda is to democracy what violence is to a dictatorship. But he hasn’t lost faith in the power of common people to speak up for the truth. He is known around the world for his revolutionary work on the structure of language, studies he has...
A documentary exploring how mainstream media failed to question the war in Iraq.
Media Bias is a serious problem, though probably not in the way you've been told. There is also an easy way to beat it.
A satirical look at the sort of stereotypical imagry used in many NGO fundraising campaigns. Hunger and poverty calls for action, however we need to create engagement built on knowledge, not stereotypes. Do you remember the first time you heard about people starving? That...
Renee Thompson is trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. She’s got the looks, the walk and the drive. But she’s a black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty. Agencies rarely hire black models. And when they do, they want them to...
BEWARE OF IMAGES is a feature-length, animated documentary about the history of visual representation. The movie explores the intricate relationship between the technology, regulation and social effects of media. From cave paintings to video games, BEWARE OF IMAGES will...
It's March 2014 and following on from an extremely successful Winter Olympic Games, Russia decides to organise another fun sporting event: and the whole world's invited. Welcome to the Paramilitary Games in the Crimean Peninsula. Unfortunately, in spite of Russia's best...
In this update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and...
Take the pledge: http://therepresentationproject.org/pledge Join The Representation Project movement. Featuring: Jean Kilbourne Pedro Noguera Jackson Katz Rosario Dawson
The comical geniuses over at College Humor recently released a new short video that is capturing the attention of many across the internet due to its comedy, but even more so due to its factual backing. The 4 minute video takes us through the history of the engagement ring, a...
Meet Nick Hanauer. He’s a very wealthy man, his family owns a lot of things, and he’s invested in some big companies that started out small (ahem ... Amazon...). He’s got a few things to say about who the job creators really are in our country, and it goes totally against the...
AUGUST 7, 2013 - The Washington Post announced the paper had been sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. Bezos, one of the world’s wealthiest men, now controls one of the most powerful newspapers in the country. Some critics of the sale have cited...
"The News". It's the most viral meme of reality on the planet: if it's not on "the News" it didn't happen - right? Welcome back to Season 2 of Juice Rap News, in which intrepid anchorman Robert Foster embarks on a new era of adversarial rap journalism by casting a critical...
The mainstream corporate-owned media is now essentially a rotting corpse. Welcome to the funeral. 
"I am here today to talk about a lie." That's how politics professor Caroline Heldman opened her Jan. 2013 TEDxYouth San Diego talk on the topic of sexual objectification. "I'd like to talk specifically about the lie, or the idea, that being a sex object is empowering."
With all due respect to Lizzie Velasquez, the vast majority of TED and TEDx talks are complete bullshit, and it's high time someone called them out on it. Benjamin Bratton, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, has a huge problem with...
Oldie but goodie, Dan and Dan's satirical song about the right-wing British newspaper The Daily Mail.
Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their...
The one-hour 1998 documentary film, Project Censored: Is the Press Really Free, in its entirety. The film explores the mechanisms of news censorship in the mainstream media. It focuses on the work of Project Censored, an organization founded after the Watergate scandal by...
I'm Lina Esco and I'm a filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Last year I directed my first film, "FREE THE NIPPLE" based on true events about a topless group of women who bravely fought the censorship laws in New York. The film is almost done. Now we need your help to push it...
The first part of this clip gets into the sexism and rape culture around advertising, but what really illustrates the point clearly is the last half. They use men instead of women in the same ads. The effect is dramatic, and in some cases, totally absurd.
Advertising has always aimed to teach us that happiness and fun is something you find and purchase at a store, but usually efforts are made to skirt around the reality of this fantasy facade. The stubborn reality that advertising will do anything to distract us from is...
Still trust the mainstream media to bring you unbiased news? New research shows many so-called experts who appeared on television making the case for U.S. strikes on Syria had undisclosed ties to military contractors. A new report by the Public Accountability Initiative...
It's really unbelievable what happened to Stella Liebeck. You just have to watch to see how the media turned on this little old lady who lived in Albuquerque. Obviously a villain, right? And at 5:00, prepare to see what the coffee actually did to her. It's not pretty. Well...
The Killing Screens urges us to think about the effects of the media in new and complex ways. In contrast to the relatively simplistic behaviorist model that media violence causes real-world violence, Gerbner encourages us to think about the psychological, political, social...
Journalism is losing experienced reporters at a record rate. This means less in-depth and investigative reporting that help keep you informed. This documentary introduces you to some seasoned reporters who were at the top of their game. They share their frustrations and...
Michael Mann, geosciences professor and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, deconstructs the manner in which skeptics deny evidence that points to rapid climate change. "Each argument becomes untenable because the science is pretty clear," says Mann. Full...
When the filmmaker's parents moved to a place where her father had a long solo commute to work and started listening to Talk Radio to alleviate the boredom, her family saw him change from a non-political Democrat to a radicalized, angry Right-Wing Republican. What happened...
This comes across as jokingly flippant but turns very dark and serious quite quickly. Definitely an interesting approach to spreading light on this disturbing epidemic. Warning: some violent content. - Adam Albright-Hanna
The map, as an innovation, is extremely important. Simply constructing a useful representation of our world onto a piece of paper (or clay or vellum or whatever) vastly increased the capabilities of humankind. But we continue to add and alter this medium, in ways that allow...
Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the...
Guy Debord's classic 1967 text, remade into a contemporary context. Also includes Marshall McLuhan and John Berger. Made by Aska (check the credits at the end of the film for more) Sound by the amazing Pippin Kenworthy (check out his channel) www.pippinkenworthy.com 
John Stewart ripped CNN apart on Tuesday night's Daily Show for it's appalling coverage of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting - specifically for drawing speculative conclusions in the absence of concrete facts. Just mute the ad at the beginning. It is Comedy Central's...
What happened on September 11, 2001? All over the world, people question the official story and explanation about the events that took place in the USA more than 10 years ago. In this Danish documentary you will meet architect Jan Utzon, MP Benny Engelbrecht, professor...
In a world where violence and deception are the news, fear and distrust divide us more and more each day. Yet friendships are sealed online with the click of a button. One man set out to reach beyond the screen, and to prove how social networks can be used to unite and...
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"Wrong, Blasphemous and Sinful" is the English version of the Belgian film "Epouvantails, autruches et perroquets." The film analyzes the way the media managed to skip or distort controversial subjects surrounding the 9/11 attacks. The original film in French appeared on...
When our daughters or young women look at the screen they don't see a reflection of themselves
Did you know that a 3rd building fell on 9-11?  That bill board is today over Times Square.  It was placed there through donations to a campaign called Rethink 9/11. In fact, that group has placed posters and signs across the world, from Australia, to Canada, from San...
Coming this Fall of 2013 -- A Winner of the 2011 University of Toronto Film Festival, the film examines the academic community's treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11 by exploring the taboo that shields the American government's narrative from scholarly...
Want to have a pervasive effect on the subconscious attitudes of our culture? Get into the entertainment business. This is a clip from the amazing film Miss Representation: http://www.missrepresentation.org/