Mindful(l) Media Episode 2: Why women writers hide behind their initials, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and an essay on Doctor Who and Race

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On today’s show:

  • Why Women Writers Hide Behind Their Initials
  • Whose Voice are we hearing in Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s new The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt
  • Doctor Who: When White Writers Write Black
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Video: Eastern Philosophies from “Why Monkees Matter” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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A Clip from this longer presentation: Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers



Dr. Rosanne Welch presents Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers at the 2014 Cal Poly Pomona Provost’s Symposium on Faculty Scholarship (http://www.cpp.edu/~research/)

Transcript:

Now, we’re going to come to Eastern Philosophies. No, if you know anything about Buddhism, they use this chant to get out of a situation. Obviously, they’re all tied up. The bag guys have taken over for a moment and Micky remembers a chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and they chant it. When I was a kid I had no what that meant, but I thought to myself — and studying them now — I bet it means something besides gibberish language. As a matter of fact — ooh, how’d that happen? The picture got laid over that — it’s the Lotus Sutra. It’s basically the teaching of The Buddha that all people have the ability to reach enlightenment. In the middle of a TV show with about a bunch of — I mean, come on!

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Dr. Rosanne Welch presents on "Why Monkees Matter" at Cal Poly Pomona - 21

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Based on a chapter in my upcoming book The Metatextual Menagerie that was The Monkees, which includes a series of interviews conducted with surviving writers and performers of the 1960s television program, The Monkees I will discuss how the writers and actors used the show as a platform for their own emerging counter culture/anti-war messages.

Worth studying for its craft and place in television history (the show won an Emmy as Best Comedy Of 1967) the program’s true importance may come from its impact on the politics and culture of the era. Considered innocuous by the network, thepress and the parents of the era, the storylines and jokes created by the writers and the actor’s ad-libs brought the emerging counter-culture to the attention of young teens whose parents might not have appreciated the message. Cultural icons such as Timothy Leary recognized the subversive nature of the program, seen through the writing and in choices made about costuming, hair length, musical guests (Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Charlie Smalls) and songs performed by the band brought issues of Vietnam, voting and civil rights to the ‘young generation’ for whom the show clearly had ‘somethin’to say.

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The 2014 Provost’s Symposium is a forum to learn about each other’s scholarly work, make new friends, renew old acquaintances, and enhance our appreciation of the rich and diverse array of professional endeavors pursued by the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.

Video: Rose and Russell T Davies from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.

Transcript:

…And now we have Russell Davies writing — and writers are very important. We’re going to talk about the writers in a little bit. He brings us the very first episode, of the very first reincarnation of The Doctor. the episode itself is titled “Rose.” It is entirely focused on getting to know this woman — who is not intellectually his match. She’s note well educated. She’s a “shop girl” which is not a great job to have in the world. However, she has — just like in the Disney movie Aladdin, she’s “A Diamond in the Rough.” She has what it takes, but poverty has kept her from obtaining her goals. So this chance to travel with this strange alien dude is a thing she takes. She’s willing to take risks in life and she makes a choice to better her life by attending this trip with The Doctor.

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.

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Video: How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions” at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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This is the 5th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who presented by Dr. Welch. You can find Dr. Welch’s other Doctor Who talks using the links below.

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Video: Anti-Materialism from “Why Monkees Matter” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

A Clip from this longer presentation: Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers

 


Dr. Rosanne Welch presents Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers at the 2014 Cal Poly Pomona Provost’s Symposium on Faculty Scholarship (http://www.cpp.edu/~research/)

Transcript:

Very briefly, anti-materialism. This sign was is their room — their apartment — money is the root of all evil. That’s not what were about at all in this program. In fact, they have this marvelous episode called “The Devil and Peter Tork” which has to with Peter selling his soul to the Devil for the talent of playing a harp which he fell in love with at a pawn shop and in the end, they prove to the Devil — they take the Devil to Court to get his soul back and they say, “You never gave him anything. He had the talent within him all the time. He didn’t want fame and fortune. He just wanted his music.” Right, and I love that. “If you love music, you can play it. All it takes is love.” Here’s the Hippy phrase of the period. “Baby in the final analysis, love is power. That’s where the power is at.” It’s “Make Love, Not War!” I mean, it’s all right there built into the storyline. Of course, and old piece of literature right? We’ve got the Devil.

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Dr. Rosanne Welch presents on "Why Monkees Matter" at Cal Poly Pomona - 21

Description:

Based on a chapter in my upcoming book The Metatextual Menagerie that was The Monkees, which includes a series of interviews conducted with surviving writers and performers of the 1960s television program, The Monkees I will discuss how the writers and actors used the show as a platform for their own emerging counter culture/anti-war messages.

Worth studying for its craft and place in television history (the show won an Emmy as Best Comedy Of 1967) the program’s true importance may come from its impact on the politics and culture of the era. Considered innocuous by the network, thepress and the parents of the era, the storylines and jokes created by the writers and the actor’s ad-libs brought the emerging counter-culture to the attention of young teens whose parents might not have appreciated the message. Cultural icons such as Timothy Leary recognized the subversive nature of the program, seen through the writing and in choices made about costuming, hair length, musical guests (Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Charlie Smalls) and songs performed by the band brought issues of Vietnam, voting and civil rights to the ‘young generation’ for whom the show clearly had ‘somethin’to say.

Subscribe to Dr. Welch’s YouTube Channel

 

About the Symposium:

The 2014 Provost’s Symposium is a forum to learn about each other’s scholarly work, make new friends, renew old acquaintances, and enhance our appreciation of the rich and diverse array of professional endeavors pursued by the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.

Video: The Last Companions? from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

A clip from this longer presentation – Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch


Watch this entire presentation – Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.

Transcript:

Then Peter meets Peri Brown. Absolutely the worst screamer the show ever had. Poor woman, did nothing but get scared and kidnapped. It was just really — again, a step forward with Nyssa – a step backward with Peri. She hung around with Peter until he regenerated. Not notice we’re getting into the late period here. She ended up hanging out with Colin Baker — not a very popular Doctor. The ratings started to go down and she’s got that whole perky thing going on, right? We move into Sylvester McCoy and his female companion, Ace, who’s a cool pilotly kind of chick, so she’s kind of fun. Sadly, this is the era when the show gets cancelled. Goodbye. 1989. Oh no, no more Doctor Who. Everyone is so sad. Right? Except, this guy Russell T Davies, “I have a plan!”

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.

Subscribe to Dr. Welch’s YouTube Channel

 

Event: “How Who Redefined Masculinity – The Doctors and their Male Companions” at Cal Poly Pomona

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Mindful(l) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch Show Notes – Episode 1 –  What is Mindful(l) Media and  DC Fontana, Star Trek and Women Writers

Welcome to Mindful(l) Media: Thinking Critically about the Media we Create… and Consume with Dr. Rosanne Welch

First a bit about who I am and what Mindful Media hopes to be.

And then how the original Star Trek acted as a gateway for many female writers thanks to the work of D.C. (Dorothy Catherine) Fontana.

More after this…

Today’s show is brought to you by Audible.com. While I watched hours and hours of television in my childhood, I also read tons of books – and as a professor I have found that you can easily tell the readers from the non-readers by their spelling and their level of vocabulary so I always tell students to find time to read. It’s also deeply peaceful to get lost in a story. If you love audio books you can support us here at 3rdPass Media by starting your free 30-day trial with Audible today. Choose from over 100, 000 books. Including one of my favorites, A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh – my favorite gift for female friends.

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Who I am…

Sicilian kid from Cleveland whose first big trauma came not from my parents’ divorce but from needing to decide whether to watch Gilligan’s Island OR The Monkees when they aired opposite each other in my early childhood.

I grew up to be a television writer on shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel And then I earned a PhD in Film history so I could spend my time analyzing all those programs I adored as a child – and share that Perspective with students.

How I come to critically thinking about media… well, I’ve been doing it all my life without knowing what I was doing.

–from my early childhood sitting at the end of the hallway watching “All in the Family” through the work I did analyzing the shows I was writing spec scripts for in order to create that writing career – through the writing I do now about shows I love such as Doctor Who or The Monkees or a new article I’m writing about how the Civil rights movement made its way onto the television screens of middle America.

So, yes, this will be a broader show about media – but seen through my own liberal/feminist eye it will likely naturally highlight things that catch that eye – things I liked or disliked.

And while I’m speaking to Creators (since thanks to YouTube ‘Content Creator’ has become more ubiquitous than ‘Producer’) I think those Creators all agree that they are also the other big “C” – no, not THAT ‘c’ but this one – Consumers. If what our mothers told us was true – you are what you eat – then I’ll modify that to say We are What We Watch. So as Creators we need to be reminded not to regurgitate old stereotypes into new characters. How does one do that and still create work that audiences will cozy up to? Good question. And something this show hopes to explore.

Spending the last few days discussing feminism and feminists with college sophomores – getting Steinem’s name and going “Ew” until they read about her support of Civil rights and then thought she rocked…

Speaks to misinformation or lack of information in this information-raging modern world.

Feminism on film does not begin and end with Thelma and Louise – in fact I use that film as part of a 2 film a week analysis I have my writing students do. I pair two films and they have to discuss how one learned from the other or what themes match them. Everyone gets that Thelma and Louise is a feminist film – but few pick up that it’s partner in my assignment – Sense and Sensibility is just as much a feminist piece – I mean right down to having been written by TWO women – originally by Jane Austen, adapted by Emma Thompson.

Writing is largely a feminist profession – regardless of gender – men have always been and will continue to be feminists – women didn’t vote to give women the vote – MEN voted to give women the vote. Likewise, some of the most feminist films (at least in America) were co-written (or completely written) by men – men like Garson Kanin (who co-wrote Adam’s Rib with Ruth Gordon – they were married screenwriters. I discovered that about Garson when writing my PhD thesis — and I discovered that while Joan Didion wrote novels alone, she co-wrote screenplays with her husband John Gregory Dunne (among them the 3rd A Star is Born and the Michelle Pfeiffer/Robert Redford Up Close and Personal). Meanwhile, on television right now Michelle and Robert King are enjoying a wonderful run as creators and writers of The Good Wife.

It takes feminist men to write/produce quality feminist characters – but in the end if the other cliché we were taught – women’s rights are human rights – then what does gender got to do with it?

Is it not the artistry of writing the art of capturing a bit of humanity to show other humans so they’ll remember how to treat each other when they walk out of the movie theatre?

When we speak of our favorite films among a series such as Indiana Jones, there’s a reason the first film fares the best – Marion is a real picture of a 3 dimensional female and her relationship with Indy rings true – daughter of famed archaeologist and her star pupil spend so much time together they fall in love, but the relationship falters after his death. Even when talking about film #4 which is generally agreed to have been wrong on so many levels, the only line that rings true is the one where Marion asks what was wrong with Indy’s string of girlfriends since her time and he snaps back, “They weren’t you.”

A final note on the title – Mindful – media – yes I have a mind full of media but I also want us all to be mindful of the media in our lives – in the same way this word – mindful – has taken over the business world and even the world of education.

That said, will this be a class – no – a conversation. Feel free to join in by leaving a comment on the webpage.

So I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure as we think mindfully TV and movies


How William Shatner’s Chest Inspired one (or more) Female Television Writers to Succeed in the Boys Club of Hollywood

As a child I didn’t come to Star Trek for the fantasy or for the fun futuristic optimism or even for the glory of the gadgetry of the tricorders and communicators. I came for William Shatner’s chest. Glimpsed quickly one day while changing channels, my pre-adolescent hormones screeched to a halt as I sat transfixed. That tight Star Fleet uniform shirt truly rippled across his chest, which seemed to strain to be released. We didn’t ‘flip’ in those pre-remote days. We sat in front of the set and manually spun the dial like the combination lock on our high school lockers, which brought us in to much closer contact with the (sometimes still black and white) pictures flashing upon our (compared to modern day frightfully small) screens. I don’t even remember which episode it was that first placed his pecs in front of me, but this obsession with Shatner’s chest focused me so much so that I never cared for the writers’ propensity for finding ways for his co-star to flaunt his own brand of sexuality. Forcing the unfeeling Mr. Spock to feel never moved me at all, so in second, third and fourth runs I never found “This Side of Paradise” much to my liking. In the epic mash up between Sexy Shatner and Sexy Spock, Shatner always won. But being a budding television writer even as a ten year old, I recognized in the idea the need to offer the actor a way out of the rigid character description enforced upon him by his creator.

Viewed now from the perspective of a fifty-year old female television writer and scholar, no longer merely a fan, I find the episode fascinating for what it says about the history of women writers – and the female characters they create — in television. In those days of heady chest-worshipping I didn’t know that the D. C. in D. C. Fontana stood for Dorothy Catherine. When I later learned that information from reading The Making of Star Trek, I took her success as a beacon for my own journey, as did many other future female television writers I came to meet throughout my career. While countless books have been written about the influence of the program on science fiction and on television in general, what I came to learn was the influence Star Trek wielded on bringing women into the industry – and how their participation changes the way female characters are portrayed.

Because of Fontana, future writers of future Trek franchises invited other female writers to pitch ideas so that, to my great joy twenty years after I stumbled upon the original Trek, I found myself in the offices of Star Trek: The Next Generation pitching ideas for stories involving what was still largely a boys club of characters. Sure, they had accepted two women into their continuing cast – both in ‘soft’ occupations as ship’s counselor and medical doctor and still under the command of Captain Picard. But the franchise had proved a stepping stone for a variety of female writers I admired (including Jane Espenson and Melinda M. Snodgrass) and I was excited to be among them. I never sold a story to that iteration of the show, but I kept watching — and kept noticing – that written by women, female characters were (and sadly are still) often more developed (in ways other than their chest measurements).

In “Paradise” that is true of what actress Nichelle Nichols is given to do as our cast regular female, Lt. Nyota Uhura (whose first name I never knew until the writing of this essay) and what Jill Ireland is given to do as the guest character, Spock’s former girlfriend, Leila (who in the tradition of sex objects was never provided a last name). Normally confined to dialogue discussing ‘hailing frequencies’ and only seen taking orders from Captain Kirk, in “Paradise” Uhura commits mutiny against her captain. He has to state for the Captain’s log that, “Lt. Uhura has effectively sabotaged all communications.” While all the male starship members also commit mutiny, Uhura is given one-on-one screen time with the lead actor to do so. Likewise, while Leila seems at first to only be demonstrating that the most perfect, porcelain-faced blonde can even be sexy in overalls, she was also spouting Thoreau (as in Henry David) and his brand of 19th century Transcendentalist philosophy to Spock – and to the audience. For a show airing at the height of the hippie movement, Leila served as a mouthpiece for their dream of peaceful co-existence, one not yet shared by other generations. In several online interviews Fontana has chosen Leila as one of her favorite characters, so we know much of what Leila says comes from Fontana’s own philosophies.

Of course, in the end television was then (and still is now) a man’s world so Uhura’s and Leila’s interests are eventually subsumed by Kirk’s desire to prove, “Man stagnates if he has no ambition, no desire to be more than he is.” This philosophy discounts ‘woman’ as part of ‘man’ and makes the female-gendered idea of creating peace and happiness submissive to the more male dominant idea of success defined by changing the world around him. Why is a love of nature, as evidenced in Spock’s line: “I have seen a dragon… but I’ve never stopped to look at clouds before, or rainbows” less of an ambition for man? Even the American Founding Fathers cared more for the land and its beauty than these final frontier founders seem to do as they travel the galaxy. Why is the existence of this previous girlfriend and the chance to hear “I love you” from a formerly feeling-less alien male, less of an ambition of (wo)man?

Despite her straining to include her voice in this world, the male producer(s) still stamped their voice on the final product that became “This Side of Paradise”. Over the course of my career, I came to learn that Fontana shared that experience with many of the female writers who followed her, each one planting just enough seeds or dropping just enough breadcrumbs of her own opinion onto the fields of male creation for the rest of us ‘chick writers’ to follow. Where as a child I saw “This Side of Paradise” as an epic battle between sexy male leads, as an adult I see it as the continued battle for the hearts and minds of the audience waged by writers of different genders. It is a fight that several other sisters have carried on through the decades and one I’m willing to declare has been won by a relative newcomer to the scene, Shonda Rhimes. Through the creation of her own new frontier in Grey’s Anatomy, Rhimes provides male and female audiences alike with an all-inclusive world entirely conceived in a female mind. What do both the male and female doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital hope to provide their patients everyday? As Rodenberry provided a masculine ‘trek’ for man into the final frontier, the feminine goal Rhimes provides her characters is right there in the title of the hospital, ‘grace’. (And thanks to D. C. Fontana, Shonda chose to use her first name in her credits.)

All this musing makes me wonder how many young female writers are now coming to their careers because of a love of the way Patrick Dempsey’s chest ripples under his uniform shirt?


That’s it for this episode of Mindful(l)l Media “Thinking Critically about the Media we Create and Consume”.

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Video: …lay down on the grass and be cool. from “Why Monkees Matter” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

A Clip from this longer presentation: Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers

 


Dr. Rosanne Welch presents Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers at the 2014 Cal Poly Pomona Provost’s Symposium on Faculty Scholarship (http://www.cpp.edu/~research/)

Transcript:

…Also then, they save the plant before the bad human, you know, of course, our boys are the heros. They save the plant and the, the smoke that the plant creates? If you ingest it make you not want to fight anymore — just lay down in the grass and be cool. I mean, if that’s not an anti-authority, let’s all go smoke pot message, I’m no sure… and yet here it is on mainstream television for pre-teens — for 12 to 13-year-olds. 

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Dr. Rosanne Welch presents on "Why Monkees Matter" at Cal Poly Pomona - 21

Description:

Based on a chapter in my upcoming book The Metatextual Menagerie that was The Monkees, which includes a series of interviews conducted with surviving writers and performers of the 1960s television program, The Monkees I will discuss how the writers and actors used the show as a platform for their own emerging counter culture/anti-war messages.

Worth studying for its craft and place in television history (the show won an Emmy as Best Comedy Of 1967) the program’s true importance may come from its impact on the politics and culture of the era. Considered innocuous by the network, thepress and the parents of the era, the storylines and jokes created by the writers and the actor’s ad-libs brought the emerging counter-culture to the attention of young teens whose parents might not have appreciated the message. Cultural icons such as Timothy Leary recognized the subversive nature of the program, seen through the writing and in choices made about costuming, hair length, musical guests (Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Charlie Smalls) and songs performed by the band brought issues of Vietnam, voting and civil rights to the ‘young generation’ for whom the show clearly had ‘somethin’to say.

Subscribe to Dr. Welch’s YouTube Channel

 

About the Symposium:

The 2014 Provost’s Symposium is a forum to learn about each other’s scholarly work, make new friends, renew old acquaintances, and enhance our appreciation of the rich and diverse array of professional endeavors pursued by the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.