TV, Magazines and more
A couple years ago I was a judge for all of the end-of-year presentations from the students at ITP. There was one particular presentation that has stuck with me. It was called Data Face. The student, Greg Dorsainville, had pulled data across commercial media to see the faces that are on TV shows and advertisements. It showed the vast diversity in broadcast media. It was fascinating.
If you look at the diversity in TV advertising or even print advertising, it speaks to the people who are watching these shows. Broadcast media understood that diversity is the reality. Audiences want to see a myriad of faces. All of the big September fashion magazines this month are mixtures of cultures from across the globe as they should be.
It is the rise of a country that is truly a melting pot. Minorities will outnumber whites in 2020. The companies providing the content for all of us to consume know that and their content reflects it. Maybe because of the current administration I am paying more attention to the faces the media puts out there from films to the TV to magazines to podcasts because what I am seeing gives me confidence in the future.
The old is out and the new is in. A young generation of photographers is shooting Vogue covers because the last generation got outed for bad behavior. There are young people running for office. There is a movement to get the youth out to vote from their own peers. The new change agents are a myriad of faces. Change always wins. My fingers are crossed for change this fall…in a huge way.