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This program is called "Seeing Ourselves: Media and Representation."

1) On Television (7:32). MediaTelevision’s tenth anniversary program examines the predictions made by media experts to see which came true and which took a left turn.

2) MADtv (8:03). If comedy is the mirror of society, what does the sketch com edy in MADtv say about us?

3) The Lumiere Brothers’ First Films (4:06). The history of cinema began on March 19, 1895 when the Lumiere brothers asked the workers at their factory to appear in the world’s first film, Sortie d’usine.

4) Are You Popular? (5:25). A 1947 classroom film offers teenagers advice ranging from sober to absurd about how to be popular.

5) Dating Do’s and Don’ts (5:34). The way that social mores have changed can be seen in this 1949 classroom film about what to do, and not do, on a date.

6) The Commercial Closet (6:02). The Commercial Closet Web site char ts the evolving worldwide portrayal of gays and lesbians in mainstream advertising.

7) Canadian Elections and the Media (10:56). Strategists, campaign managers, and media analysts talk about the power of political messages and how they affect us not only as voters but as viewers as well.

8) Women Are Not Little Men (8:53). The outrageous text of a 1950s industrial manual inspires a satire about women in the workplace that blends new drama with old footage.

9) PSAs Aimed at Children: The Chase (0:36). The ability to run comes in handy, if you want to escape from girls.

10) PSAs Aimed at Children: What’s Your Thing? (1:07). While nobody can be good at everything, this PSA tells boys that everybody is good at something.

11) PSAs Aimed at Children: We Are Girls (0:52). This PSA encourages girls to stay true to themselves.

12) PSAs Against Racism (6:15). Each year students a cross Canada create short PSAs about racism for a national contest. These are ten of the winners: I Have A Dream, I’m Back, Morphing Faces, Claymation, News Story, Stop Racism, Pop-A-Long, Wall of Racism, They Always Listen, Dans le noir.

13) The Awful Truth: The African-American Wallet Exchange (7:26). Host Michael Moore wonders how police officers could mistake a wallet for a gun in the shooting deaths of African Americans, and he starts a simple campaign to save lives.

14) Is Suicide Too Much For MuchMusic? (19:50). Bobby Gaylor’s music video addressing youth suicide generates a di alogue between experts, youths, and the artist about what is helpful, effective, safe, and appropriate to show on television.



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