Special Topics in Book and Media Studies II: #MeToo and the Media SMC301H1F

In 2017, major media exposés of predatory sexual behaviour by powerful figures unleashed #MeToo, a hashtag now tweeted and shared more than 20 million times, and which sparked an unprecedented social uprising. “#MeToo and the Media” will explore the roles media, both social and mainstream, played in the rise of #MeToo, and the cultural reckoning’s seismic effects on politics, law, business, entertainment, and media itself. Lectures, readings, social-media investigation, videos, and guest speakers will examine #MeToo’s far-reaching consequences (and controversies), including the cultural biases, systemic inequities, and endemic violence that #MeToo coverage exposed.