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Tag Archives: Class and the Media
Marilyn and Elvis: Dead Labor in the Age of Streaming
When Marilyn Monroe was cast as a spunky cannery worker in Clash by Night (1952), she took “an all-night bus to Monterey to observe cannery workers and to practice being working class.” As biographer Lois Banner noted, she was even … Continue reading
Posted in Class and the Media, Contributors, Issues, Kathy M. Newman Tagged Class and the Media, Elvis Presley. Blonde, Marilyn Monroe 6 Comments
Why There’s More Labor Media Coverage
It seems like workers and their unions are in the news more than ever lately. Starbucks baristas, Amazon warehouse workers, John Deere strikers, and even New York Times tech workers, who just unionized, have all starred in the recent swell … Continue reading
How Polarized Are We?
When I talk with relatives who are not only Trump voters but Trump enthusiasts, I feel pretty damned polarized – especially when I lose my temper and find myself saying some of the things my tribe often hatefully says about … Continue reading
The News Media’s Blind Spots Covering the Working Class
At midnight on Sept. 15, 49,000 UAW-GM workers walked out on strike at locations across the country, a day after their 2015 collective bargaining contract with General Motors expired and the union declined to extend the provisions of the agreement. … Continue reading
Doris Day: Working-Class Hero
Doris Day was one of the hardest working entertainers of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as one of the highest paid female singers/actresses of all time. Many of us probably associate Doris Day with a certain kind of middlebrow … Continue reading
Posted in Class and the Media, Contributors, Issues, Kathy M. Newman Tagged Class and the Media, Doris Day, Pajama Game, working-class culture 1 Comment
Notre Dame Cathedral and Questions from a Worker Who Reads (after Bertolt Brecht)
When Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire in Paris on April 15, 400 firefighters were deployed to tackle the blaze. One of those workers was seriously injured, and two police officers were also hurt. Emergency workers risked their lives to remove … Continue reading
Posted in Class and the Media, Contributors, Issues, Sarah Attfield, Work Tagged Class and the Media, inequality, Notre Dame fire, workers 3 Comments
Black Working-Class Voices Doing It for Themselves
As a kid I didn’t expect to see myself reflected in a majority of the TV shows I saw or the magazines and papers I read. It was the same for many children of immigrants in 90s UK. Even though … Continue reading
The power of stupid ideas: ‘three generations that have never worked’
This month I ran a workshop with a group of first year undergraduate sociology students at Teesside University (in the North East of England). Our students tend to be from working-class or lower-middle class backgrounds and often the first in … Continue reading
Which Side Is Culture On?
Last week I got a call from a reporter at The Guardian asking me to weigh in on the newest anti-union salvo from the Target corporation: a creepy, personal, direct-to-camera attack on unions, delivered by two red polo-shirt wearing Target … Continue reading
Posted in Class and the Media, Contributors, Issues, Kathy M. Newman Tagged anti-union films, anti-union policy, Class and the Media, Target 4 Comments
Holiday Steals: Finding the Revolutionary Spirit at the Mall?
I hate shopping malls, but I found myself in one recently, on a family outing to see Disney’s new mega-hit Frozen. But then Frozen was sold out, and so we found ourselves actually shopping at a shopping mall. I was … Continue reading