GRAMMY Awards Show Takes a(n Imperfect) Stand on Domestic Violence

Last Sunday was the first time in a LONG time I watched and/or listened to an entire GRAMMYs show. (I admit I was also doing household chores…) While three plus hours is WAY too long for any show, I enjoyed many of the performances. And, who doesn’t get excited about seeing and listening to Prince.… Continue reading GRAMMY Awards Show Takes a(n Imperfect) Stand on Domestic Violence

NFL Uproar Spotlights Domestic Violence

(updated 9/21/14) As entertainment, sports is exciting, unpredictable and full of dramatic examples of triumph and agony. It is also a high profile mirror into real tragedies and triumphs related to health and public health. Case in point: Ray Rice (former running back for the Baltimore Ravens), the National Football League (NFL) and intimate partner… Continue reading NFL Uproar Spotlights Domestic Violence

Song Aims to Foster Fun AND Convos on Mental Illness and Violence

Yes, I admit it. Until American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. “called out” one of this season’s contestants for not mirroring the gravitas of a recent pop song, I didn’t catch it. I had heard Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” on the radio and in snippets online and on television. I could even sing the… Continue reading Song Aims to Foster Fun AND Convos on Mental Illness and Violence

Television Violence and Studies in the News

This week featured news about two recent studies on violence on television. A study by the Culture and Media Institute (part of the conservative Media Research Center) criticized the level of violence on 14 of the most popular primetime dramas on television (based on Nielsen ratings). The authors found at least 145 acts of violence… Continue reading Television Violence and Studies in the News

ANTM Winner Plans to be the Best Kind of Model: A Positive Role Model

A week ago today, America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) crowned its season 20 winner – Jourdan Miller, a 19-year-old native of Bend, OR.  Congratulations, Jourdan! This season, the show’s executive producers (Ken Mok, Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva) added a new twist…drum roll, please: male models. Adding men to the mix was interesting for… Continue reading ANTM Winner Plans to be the Best Kind of Model: A Positive Role Model

Follow Up Friday: ‘Breaking Bad’ Fan-Woman Moment

As I mentioned  in “Breaking Bad on Mental Health and Substance Abuse,” I was late to this bandwagon. I am SO glad that I caught up with it before the show stopped rolling. I watched last Sunday’s Breaking Bad series finale (on AMC) with the usual tension and ended completely satisfied. And, since some folks may… Continue reading Follow Up Friday: ‘Breaking Bad’ Fan-Woman Moment

A Healthy Twist on Video Games

As someone trained in communications research, I am fascinated by recent attention to evidence linking (or not) video games to violent behavior. Of course it is difficult to determine whether one piece or type of information or experience influences thoughts or behaviors. A person’s mind is complicated and inundated with information at all times. That… Continue reading A Healthy Twist on Video Games

A Definite Encore! for “The Hunger Games”

Yes, I read the Hunger Games trilogy and yes, I enjoyed all of them!! I read them back-to-back to back within two weeks so that I could see how it ends. Even with connections to real events (such as the Olympics) and television shows (such as CBS’s Survivor), I was transformed to this particular world and I was… Continue reading A Definite Encore! for “The Hunger Games”