“You do realize it’s just a television show, right?”

If I had a nickel for every time that my mother has said this to me throughout my three decades on this planet, I’d – well, I wouldn’t have any student debt.  That’s for sure.

The first television show that I really became obsessed with was Beverly Hills 90210.  I was in the third grade.  And I just knew that Brenda and Dylan were meant for each other and were going to be together forever.  You can imagine how my poor, innocent heart broke just a few years later when Dylan cheated on Brenda with Kelly, while Brenda was spending a summer in Paris. I’m not bitter though. Totally over it.

Many, many shows have caught my fancy since those grade school days. My tastes have certainly refined and developed, but my love of media has been my constant. It was this love of media that sent me back to school at 32 to finally get my bachelors, and what precipitated my pursuit of my masters degree in American Media and Popular Culture through Arizona State University.

I believe that media has the ability to influence modern society in a way that few other things can.  The pervasive nature of media – television in particular – can help challenge long-standing beliefs and to reshape American culture.  When we let it.  Of course, media itself is shaped by our culture in a cyclical nature that never stops.  Culture shapes media which shapes culture. My goal is to understand this cycle inside and out.

And to lose my heart to dozens of fictional characters along the way.