The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 2): Defining Gender

This is the second part of my dissertation’s first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  Theoretical constructions of gender In order to properly begin a discussion on the theoretical approach being employed in this study, it is necessary to define what is meant by the gendering process.  The concept of gender…

Cultivation theory, media socialization and adolescents’ identity formation

(Originally a class paper written in 2003, with the full paper, including references, found here.  Related thinking on this topic can be found here.) When a farmer plants a field of corn, he must provide several environmental conditions to ensure it grows. There must be ample sunlight, water, and fertilizer. The temperature should neither be…

So, Why Did the Media Fail You?

[This post comes from a 2005 research proposal studying how the media was perceived as hindering people.  The entire proposal, with full citations and references, can be found here.] Broadcasting or traditional media have been studied by the uses and gratifications perspective (UGP) to uncover the reasons people use traditional media (television, radio, newspapers, even film),…