What has media done to our perception of reality? Media plays a very important role in the social construction of reality and with technology being so readily accessible anywhere and everywhere, we now have the ability to process new ideas and experiences at the command of a touch screen. Today, ideas are communicated through social networks, movies, television shows, song lyrics, billboards, advertisements, mobile applications, and blogs, etc. Mass media in inescapable and I think it’s imperative to interpret this media, including literature, song lyrics, music videos, advertisements, movies, television shows, and how it all relates to, and comments on, the current state of our media-driven society. The goal of HyperReality is to focus on analyzing pop culture because the world needs a little more media literacy.
I’m a writer.
I’m a professor of English at SUNY Orange. My students tell me all the time that I’m too particular; I call it “expecting the best.” My goal is to teach my students how to think critically, and how to think for themselves. Open discussion is key. I inadvertently make faces like this all the time, mostly while I teach, and I’m OK with it:
I’m a total pop culture #junkie. And a nerd. A huge nerd.
I am human. Maybe. I think. What is ‘human’?
I am an avid imaginer.
I make mountains out of mole hills. Whatever that means.
I’m querying what I hope will be my debut novel, a YA roadtrip book about family and friendship. I would reveal the title, but I’m wildly superstitious. Step on a crack, say 10 Hail Mary’s.
I have OCD and I’m a perfectionist.
I have the snarky brilliance of Simon Cowell circa American Idol when commenting on popular culture.
I like to imagine my life narrated by Years & Years songs.
I’m obsessed with all things pop culture, but I’m unhealthily obsessed with
- Media literacy
- All things Disney
- Mariah Carey and/or Lady Gaga, depending on the day
- Superheroes and monsters, specifically all things Marvel and zombie
- Binge-watching TV shows ad nauseam.
I love using GIFs. This next one accurately sums up everything there is to know about me: