I don’t have much time this Sunday, but I briefly wanted to talk about my favorite website and magazine for media news, Entertainment Weekly.
I started reading EW when I was in middle school and basically barred from television and just did not watch that many movies (I still don’t, except on Netflix)–instead I devoured books. In eighth grade I actually won recognition for having taken out the highest amount of books from our school library in my graduating class (217)–which is especially nerdy since I had only been at that school for two years.
EW introduced me to new media and new ways of looking at new media. I read articles on the problematic depictions within reality shows, the writing of television shows, the production of movies, and the way that people watched and loved media. The articles they have currently range from NBC’s new schedule to reasons why Beyonce should play Wonder Woman.
Formerly a print media, EW has also adapted to changing technologies by adding blogs, twitter, and special coverage within the site. While I think that their recapping system needs a bit of work (in terms of the organization of television recaps; the recaps themselves are awesome), I love how much information can be found on the site and especially how fast it is. The recap of one of the most important episodes of Bones this season, “The Parts in the Sum of the Whole,” (5×16), was up that night.
The best part of EW is how much they care about media. And since this blog is called “Why TV Matters,” it’s no wonder that it serves as a main inspiration and influence.