Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Analysis and Criticism of Unrealistic Portrayals and Their Influence

Author(s): Mary-Lou Galician

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2018


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Although the central constructs and overall familiar organization of this textbook’s new 2nd edition (2017) remain the same as in the pioneering 1st edition (2004), the content of the two editions is necessarily vastly different: This innovative 2nd edition offers a welcome thorough and extensive revision (providing enhanced clarification of the central concepts and key components--and their application), updating (including 140 exemplary classic and recent media portrayals), and expansion (including 50 new research studies)--plus a wide variety of new special features students and faculty will appreciate.

Mary-Lou Galician

DR. MARY-LOU GALICIAN (rhymes with “physician”) — The Original “Dr. FUN” — is a media literacy advocate and award-winning researcher, educator, author, and speaker who came to academia after enjoying positions as a newspaper columnist, book editor, nighttime television talk-show host/producer, and special events anchor, as well as national executive posts in advertising, marketing, and public relations.

As Founding Head of the Media Analysis & Criticism Concentration in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where thousands of students across all majors in her popular classes have learned how to be media literate (thinking critically and, as she puts it, “using the media instead of being used by the media”), she introduced hybrid courses combining the advantages of classroom and online education. And as Lead Professor of Cronkite/ASU Online, she created and taught totally online media literacy courses that enrolled hundreds of students around the world each term and demonstrated that online education can be rigorous and rewarding.

She is the creator of Realistic Romance® — The Thinking Person’s Relationship Remedy (of which three key components are her research-based Dr. FUN’s Mass Media Love Quiz©, Dr. Galician’s Prescriptions© for Getting Real About Romance, and Dr. Galician’s Seven-Step Dis-illusioning Directions©), and she maintains the media literacy website

The first edition of her pioneering textbook — Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media — was honored as Recommended Resource by the Center for Media Literacy. Dozens of scholars contributed original chapters based on Dr. Galician’s work for the textbook’s companion reader Critical Thinking About Sex Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Media Literacy Applications, which she co-edited with Dr. Debra Merskin.

She earned her doctorate at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) with a clinical residency in human values and medical ethics at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. Dr. Galician has been elected to office in a variety of national organization boards and has served on several editorial boards as well as serving as guest editor of prominent research journals. The Outstanding Americans Foundation honored her as Woman of the Year, and her biography is published in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Entertainment.

And she earned her “Dr. FUN” nickname, by which she is affectionately and internationally known, because of the musical motivation program she created — FUN-dynamics!® — The FUN-damentals of DYNAMIC Living — to empower people to get “F – U – N” (her acronym for “Fired Up Now!”) by generating energy and enthusiasm, balancing success and happiness, and beating burn-out, the blues, and the bad news.

Each year on Valentine’s Day, Dr. Galician announces her Dr. FUN’s Stupid Cupid & Realistic Romance® Awards™ for media portrayals of sex, love, and romance for the past year's worst and best mass media portrayals of sex, love, and romance.

Dr. Galician is happily married to Dr. David Natharius — a gender communication, visual media, and humanities expert who is Professor Emeritus of Communication (California State University, Fresno) — and with whom she “walks her talk.”

Dr. Galician was named the Cronkite School’s first Professor Emerita.

Related ISBN's: 9781524946944




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