The Disneyfication of Children’s Media

I’m not the first person to notice that Disney and other media interests in America have made great inroads into sanitizing and “cleaning up” stories presented for consumption by children. Happy endings have become de rigeur; darkness may be present, but only ever in the clearly labelled villains (who are typically dark-hued in skin or […]

Smoking and Race on Pan Am: a CYA Start From a ‘Mad Men’ Competitor

ABC’s fall show Pan Am cuts smoking, alters racism to vie for 1960s nostalgia market. Is this selective clean-up a recipe for mediocrity?