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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.
Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology / Entertainment Media and Inequality
Activism in Entertainment: Gender and the Representation of Sociopolitical Issues in Television - Katherine Zaslavsky, Cornell University
Digital racial organizing: Student development of racial and activist identities in online spaces - Rob Eschmann, Boston University
Only One Woman on Stage at a Time: Tokenormativity and Gender Inequality in Music - Amanda J. Brockman, Vanderbilt University
Sad Puppies, SJWs, and Science Fiction: Struggles for Control of a Social and Cultural Field - Gregory Goalwin, Aurora University