Hey New Yorkers: are you looking for something fun and politically relevant to do after the election dust dies down? (Yes, I’m voting today…and so should you. Soapbox moment over.) Well, here are two options for you — I hope to see you at one or both of these exciting events.
Why is reality television built on such blatant gender and race stereotypes? Why are women and people of color represented so harmfully, and with so much bias, in popular culture? What is “Frankenbite” editing, how many hours of tape are shot for every hour of reality TV aired, and how much cheaper is it to produce a reality show than a scripted program? Is it true that networks are simply “giving people what they want,” or is reality TV really the result of media consolidation, media economics, and stealth advertising?
Find out at Bluestockings, NYC’s leading indy progressive bookstore. Bluestocking hosts some of the most engaging, challenging political discussions and events in NY, and I’m looking forward to a lively Q&A with you, and with their always-smart, connection-drawing audience.
After transcribing every episode of three seasons of “Flavor of Love,” after NOT accepting “The Bachelor’s” rose for fourteen seasons, it’s finally here — Publication! Freedom from The Real Housewives of…everywhere! Sleep! (No, wait, none of that yet.) Come help this insomnia celebrate at the official book launch party for Reality Bites Back!
I’m so excited to party with you in celebration of this book. Kush is a gorgeous and fun space, and we’ll have great people, tasty treats, strong cocktails, maybe some dancing… and a pile of books, ‘natch. (Bluestocking will be selling books at the party — twist my arm, I’ll sign ’em for you.)
I’ll be providing the tasty treats — including appetizers from Kush and cupcakes from Sweet Melissa’s (at least for the first arrivals… you know you want some, so show up early). Alas, no open bar, but it’s half off food and drinks at happy hour before 9pm.
Nov. 16: Lunchtime public conversation between me and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker and First Lady of San Francisco, at the International Museum of Women; San Francisco, CA
Nov. 17: “Sh@t My TV Says,” a Reality Bites Back reading and public conversation with entertainment journalist Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, moderated by activist Morgane Richardson, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 19: Reality Bites Back reading at Wellesley Booksmith, Wellesley, MA
Nov. 20: Reality Bites Back reading with pioneering filmmaker and author Jean Kilbourne, Trident Books, Boston, MA
Nov. 22: Reality Bites Back reading at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC
Dec. 1: Princeton University, details tk
If you’re involved with a bookstore and would like to plan an event — or if you’re on a college or high school campus or based at a community organization and would like to organize and sponsor a multimedia lecture or media literacy workshop on gender, race, class
And, to whet your appetite for these events, enjoy a trip to “Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn,” a satirical book trailer and webisode series that debuted yesterday on YouTube. Watch all your favorite reality TV stock characters get deprogrammed:
And watch Webisode #1: The Desperate Bachelorette: