Project Brainwash

Author and media critic Jennifer Pozner will take a fierce, funny and in-depth look at how reality TV affects beliefs, behavior, and culture at 7 p.m., March 25, in York College's Collegiate Performing Arts Center. The talk, "Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV is Bad for Women," is open to the public free of charge.

In her eye-opening lecture, Pozner reveals who is creating this pop cultural backlash against women's rights and social progress, who is profiting from it, and why. Using humor, video clips from programs, and a decade of journalistic research, she deconstructs reality TV’s twisted fairytales, demonstrating that far from harmless “guilty pleasures,” this form of pop culture has a damaging impact on intellectual and political development. Project Brainwash provides the tools to understand and challenge stereotypes and become active, critical media consumers.

Pozner, author of "Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV," is the executive director of Women In Media & News, a national media analysis, education and advocacy group. A noted media critic, her work has been published in Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Ms. Magazine, Bitch magazine, and numerous publications and anthologies. She has offered media commentary on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS and NPR.