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Media/Pop Culture

Critical Media Project
A free media literacy web resource for educators and students that enhances critical thinking and empathy, and builds on capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity. CMP lists their mission as two-fold: 1) to raise critical awareness and provide the tools to decode media representations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, religion, age, and disability, and develop an understanding as to how these identities intersect; and 2) to encourage and offer guidance for students to tell their own stories, create their own representations, and uphold their status as active and engaged participants in civic society.

This organization works to improve public opinion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community through more effective and informed LGBT depictions in the powerful medium of advertising.

Gender Ads
Gender was begun a number of years ago to provide gender studies educators and students with a resource for analyzing the advertising images that relate to gender. Its founder, Dr. Scott A. Lukas, had produced a PowerPoint that focused on gender and advertising, and because students had requested copies of the presentation, he decided to produce a website to host the images and interpretations. Since the PowerPoint was produced with 100 images, the website has grown to over 2,500 advertising images, and it is one of the largest collections of gender-related advertising materials on the Internet.

Guerrilla Girls
The Guerrilla Girls are a group of women artists, writers, performers, film makers and arts professionals who fight discrimination. They use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny.

Killing Us Softly 3
Companion website to Jean Kilbourne's video Killing Us Softly 3. Contains study guide as a PDF. file

Women's Media Center
Founded by Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and Jane Fonda; a progressive, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to raise the visibility, viability and decision-making power of women and girls in media and, thereby, ensuring that their stories get told and their voices are heard. 

Center for Media & Democracy
A nonprofit, public interest organization funded by individuals and nonprofit foundations and dedicated to investigative reporting on the public relations industry. The Center serves citizens, journalists and researchers seeking to recognize and combat manipulative and misleading PR practices.

Media Education Foundation
Produces and distributes video documentaries to encourage critical thinking and debate about the relationship between media ownership, commercial media content, and the democratic demand for free flows of information, diverse representations of ideas and people, and informed citizen participation. 

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