Media Activist Organizations
Check these out for further information on active efforts to combat
damaging advertising messages in the U.S.
- Media Education Foundation
The Media Education Foundation is a non-profit educational organization
devoted to media research and production of resources to aid educators
and others in fostering analytical media literacy. Board of advisors
includes most of the big names in critical media theory: Sut Jhally,
Stuart Hall, bell hooks, Noam Chomsky, Susan Douglas, Susan Faludi,
Jean Kilbourne and Cornel West.
- FAIR (fairness and accuracy in reporting)
FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering criticism of
media bias and censorship since 1986. FAIR publishes Extra!, the award-winning
magazine of media criticism, and produces the weekly radio program CounterSpin.
In addition, they have a listserv through which they distribute regular
Action Alerts to an international network of activists who work with
A volunteer organization devoted to raising awareness of sexism in the
media; site includes "gallery of offenders" and "gallery of winners".
- Media Watch
Organization devoted to challenging abusive stereotypes and other biased
images commonly found in the media. Media Watch, which began in 1984,
distributes educational videos, media literacy information and newsletters
to help create more informed consumers of the mass media.
A non-profit media watch website run by three free-lance writers
and devoted to countering distortions in corporate sponsored media.
They produce media alerts, book reviews, quotes of the day and more.
Adbusters.org is an activist organization devoted to unmasking the realities
underlying big firms ad campaigns. This site gives you instructions
for conceiving of your own parody print ad as a form of activism. Includes
great examples of such spoof ads. See the home page for other ways to
- Media and Anthropology Project
The Media and Anthropology project at the University of South Florida
is devoted to thinking through and providing resources for an applied
anthropology that engages the media to positive ends.