Medill Reports Chicago: “True-life teen moms, experts say MTV’s ‘reality’ off the mark”

Emilie Zaslow, PhD, assistant professor of communication studies and author of “Feminism, Inc.: Coming of Age in Girl Power Media Culture” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), discusses how the media, especially the Internet and television, affects teens.

Whether teens are talking about it at home, pregnancy seems to be inescapable in the media. In recent years, young motherhood has become a pop culture trend, and this has not been lost on teens, said Emilie Zaslow, PhD., assistant professor of communication studies at Pace University in New York City, in an interview with Medill ReportsMedill Reports is written and produced by graduate journalism students at Northwestern University’s Medill school.

“Generally, the research shows that there is not a direct link between media and behavior,” she said, “but there is strong evidence that media does have an influence on attitudes and values, and how we see the world.

Some organizations are seizing this opportunity to change the ways in which teenagers learn about safe sex.  TV shows and movies provide parents with the opportunity to have an open dialogue with their kids about sex. 

But Zaslow suggested this type of discussion should begin in classrooms because media education is limited in our country, compared with the United Kingdom and Canada.

“The United States has some of the worst media education,” she said. “And it is because we are the biggest producers of media – [producers] have a large strong hold.”

MTV – “The Truth Behind James Franco’s ‘Inside The Actors Studio’ Frenzy”

Did James Franco really cause a near-riot recently during a taping of Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio”?

Reports suggested hundreds showed up for the taping but were rejected and that girls in the audience were so loud host James Lipton had to stop the interview and ask for quiet.

“The report was accurate. It was bedlam,” said Lipton. “But it said I stopped the show and told the audience to behave. Like hell I did! I was the happiest person in the house. We had a great time together.”

Lipton told us that in the nearly two decades since he’s been conducting his “Actors Studio” interviews, he’d never witnessed such a commotion. That becomes even more impressive when you consider how many Hollywood celebs Lipton has hosted — everyone from Johnny Depp to Daniel Radcliffe.

Days after Franco’s appearance on the show, news broke that the 32-year-old actor had been tapped to host the Oscars alongside Anne Hathaway. After getting to know Franco during their lengthy interview, Lipton is certain he’ll do great.

“It’s a slam dunk,” he said. “He’s very clever. He’s got four master’s degrees, and he just signed up for his Ph.D. at Yale. He’s very funny.”

‘It was bedlam,’ host James Lipton confirms to MTV News – and

Highlights of the evening included Franco discussing his most memorable roles: 

Aron Ralston in 127 Hours –

Saul Silver in Pineapple Express

Scott Smith in Milk