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Dan Gillmor is singing my song here, so I will likely be quoting from this book quite a bit. It’s the text we are using for MCO 494 Special Topics: Digital Media Literacy, and Dan is the instructor for the course.


Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media

I’ve mentioned before that I’m taking Dr FUN’s Sex, Love and Romance in the Mass Media course this semester at ASU. She authored one text and edited the other with a collaborator.

I was eager to take this class because I believe that a large problem with relationships today is the attempt to fit some sort of cultural norm, whatever that norm may be. These norms have been sold to us by mass media, and they dictate what people feel a relationship should look like or be.

“Romantic love and mass media share a long association,” says Galician.

She further educates that the word romance itself “dates from 12th century ‘courtly love’ romans (French for ‘stories’), first disseminated to the masses by troubadours — precursors, in a sense, of modern mass media recording  artists — and later by the very first mass medium’s early chapbooks and romance novels (Stone, 1988).”

The class itself is set up in ten modules which stretch across our 7.5 week semester. Each module contains multiple sessions which are broken up into an assigned reading, a video presentation and follow up readings and links. There is a ton of information to study and learn, but it is all very interesting and gives me a lot of jump off points for my personal studies.

There is an optional extra credit reflection assignment for each module, and although I plan to complete those for course credit, I would also like to share my learning and thoughts here in a sort of course journal format.

These may come in the form of longer written posts, links, quotes, videos etc, and to make it easier to find them for future reference, they will be listed under the  Sex, Love and Romance in the Mass Media topic on the site.

If anything I plan to share here is a part of my assignment response as well, I will wait until I have received my final grade for the assignment before I post them, because I do not want to be accused of plagiarizing myself. I will disclose in the post if the content appeared in my turned in assignment.

For reasons I can’t explain, I get excited when this shows up on my computer screen.

Screenshot 2014-01-15 at 2.49.15 PMGood afternoon! I’ll be here all night studying and doing homework because this class I’m taking with Dr FUN ain’t no joke.


Dr. FUN’s Mass Media Love Quiz©

The QUIZ is the core of her programs

and her books:


Analysis and Criticism of Unrealistic Portrayals and Their Influence


Media Literacy Applications


How the Media Seduce You to Want Prince Charmings and Playboy Centerfolds


via Dr. FUN’s Mass Media Love Quiz©.

My professor created this quiz based on her research of what she calls “The Romanticization of Love in the Mass Media.” It is on one of the first pages of the textbook. Based on my answers, I don’t know whether it’s so much that I have a high awareness of romantic stereotypes or if I am just cynical.

Screenshot 2014-01-10 at 12.40.01 PM


This is my second class with Dr. Fun. I got a B in my first class with her, and I’m determined to get an A this time, so that means I am resolved to committing the 18 hours of work to this class that it deserves.

Send all your positive vibrations.

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