Monday, January 26, 2015

The Newsroom to a Filipina 3

   The HBO series The Newsroom season 3 tackled the under-investigated / under-litigated campus rapes and Sloan’s slamming the new management’s misuse of the app that Neil developed for journalistic integrity.  

   “In 2007 the National Institute of Justice funded the Campus Sexual Assault survey, a web-based survey of 6,800 undergraduates at two large universities using multiple explicitly worded questions about sexual victimization. According to the results, 19% of women and 6.1% of men had been victims of at least one completed or attempted sexual assault since entering college. The study’s authors also found that the majority of women were assaulted while incapacitated, that perpetrators were usually friends or acquaintances rather than strangers and that Freshmen and Sophomores were at a higher risk for sexual assault than Juniors and Seniors.”  19% of 6,800 is 1,292 rape victims.

   After the above study, it took seven years for someone to take the issue seriously.  “In 2014, President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, …proposing a number of other measures to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus, such as campus climate surveys and bystander intervention programs…Shortly thereafter, the Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges and universities across the country that it was investigating for possible… violations in relation to sexual assault.”

   All things considered, what do I think of The Newsroom as a television series?  Below are my humble thoughts:

I loved that the news show fought for integrity against popularity rating which these days ruled just about everything.

I hated the confusing flip flop in hair style for the Maggie Jordan character.  
I believe Sloan’s character deserves her own spin off television series.  There’s a lot that can be said about a brave and bright feisty female economist who can love one man constantly.  
I love that Jane Fonda looks as beautiful as she did in Barbarella. 

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