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3162 - Entertainment/Social Media and Inequality

Mon, August 12, 8:30 to 10:10am, Sheraton New York, Floor: Third Floor, Liberty 4

Session Submission Type: Paper Session 100min


Diversity is a buzzword in entertainment media (e.g. film, TV, music, digital) even as inequality continues to pervade media industries. With the success of films like Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Coco and Crazy Rich Asians, is entertainment media on the cusp of change? How effective are diversity initiatives and Inclusion Riders in pushing media industries to diversify? What are the impacts of hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and #TimesUp on the industry's racist and sexist practices? And what is social media's role in social justice efforts?

This session welcomes papers that explore issues of inequality within entertainment/social media as well as social justice efforts to combat discrimination and encourage inclusion.

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