Author Discusses Reality TV at MU Women's Center Event
COLUMBIA - Author and media analyst Jenn Pozner spoke to a full room of about 150 people Wednesday night in Stotler Lounge at MU's Memorial Student Union. Pozner discussed the negative impact of reality television on young women in her light-hearted, humorous presentation: "Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV is Bad for Women."
The presentation featured clips from many popular shows, including: The Bachelor, American Idol and America's Next Top Model.
Pozner says she hopes to promote television viewing from a more critical perspective. "I'm not telling you to stop watching reality TV," Pozner said. "I just want to promote better media literacy."
Pozner says the steady rise in reality television shows over the last decade is based on their lower production costs and potential product placements, rather than television ratings.
After her presentation, Pozner signed copies of her latest book "Reality Bites Back."
The presentation and book signing was sponsored by MU's Women's Center as part of Women's History Month.