Media Arts

Name of Collection: Media Arts

School Name: Christopher Columbus Campus H.S. Library Media Center

Address: 925 Astor Avenue, Bronx, New York 10469

Phone: 718-944-3616

Fax: 718-515-2765

Librarians: Karen Levy, Julia Loving

Librarian's e-mail:


This collection contains materials covering all aspects of media arts specializing in mass media, cinema studies (criticism and analysis), video production (documentary and narrative), political media, animation, photography, computer/video interface and studio production.

Questions for Inquiry:

How does the political climate affect the media?
How does the media affect culture and politics?
What is the influence of popular culture on the media?


Film, Movies, Documentary, Cinema, Motion pictures, Animation, Cartoons, Mass media, Photography, Comics

Subject Headings:

Mass media; Feature films; Animated films; Comic books, strips, etc.;Cartooning; Journalism; Freedom of the Press; Web sites; Blogs

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

070 Journalism
001.51, 301.16, 302.23 Mass Media
006.7 Web pages; Blogs
778.5, 791.43, 792.9 Motion pictures; Television; Films
384.55, 621.38, 791.45 Television
782.42 Rap (Music); Hip-Hop
791.44 Radio programs

Key Books


Bruns, Roger. Icons of Lation America: Latino Contributions to American Culture. (2 Vol.) Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2008. 920 BRU.
Bynoe, Yvonne. Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, c2006. 782.42 BYN
Cogan, Brian. Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture. Denver, CO.: ABC-CLIO, c2009. 302.23 COG.
Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Ed. by Tarshia L. Stanley. Westport, CT.: Greemwppd Press. c2009. 810.9 ENC.
Halper, Donna L. Icons of Talk: The Media Mouths That Changed America. Westport, CT. : Greenwood Press, c2009. 791.45 H.
Hess, Mickey. Icons of Hip Hop: Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture. (2 Vol.) Westport, CT. : Greenwood Press, c2007. 782.42 ICO.
Knight, Gladys L. Female Action Heroes: A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television. Denver, CO.: ABC-CLIO, 2010. 791.4 K.
Riley, Sam G. African Americans in the Media Today (2 Vol.) Westport, CT. : Greenwood Press, c2007. 302.23 RIL
Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. (4 vol.) Detroit : Schirmer Reference:Thomson/Gale, c2007. 791.43 SCH
Television in American Society. (3 vol.) Farmington Hills, MI:Thomson Gale, c2007. 302.23 H


Auletta, Ken. Googled: The End of the World as We Know It. New York : Penguin Press, c2009. 338.7 A.
Belafonte, Harry. My Song : a Memoir. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011. BIO BELAFONTE.
Bogle, Donald. Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams. New York : One World/Ballantine Books, c2005. 920 BOG.
Born in the Bronx: a Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop. Ed. by Johan Kugelberg. New York: rizzoli International Publications, c2007. 782.42 B
Carr, Nicholas. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. New York : W.W. Norton & Company,c 2011. 612.9 C/
Coleman, Brian. Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. New York : Villard Books, c2007. 782.42 COL.
Felisbret, Eric. Graffiti New York. New York: Abrams, c2009. 751.7 F.
Ganz, Nicholas. Graffiti World : Street Art From Five Continents. New York : H.N. Abrams, c2004. 751.73 GAN.
Gastman, Roger. The History of American Graffiti. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2010. 751.7 G.
Gravett, Paul. Manga : Sixty Years of Japanese Comics. London : Laurence King Pub., c2004. 741.59 GRA.
Gross, Terry. All I Did Was Ask : Conversations With Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists. New York : Hyperion, c2004. 791.44 GRO.
King, C. Richard. Media Images and Representations (Contemporary Native American Issues) Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers., c2006. 791.43 K.
Lace, William W. Blacks in Film. Farmington Hills, MI : Gale, c2008. 791.43 L.
Lynskey, Dorian. 33 Revolutions per Minute : a History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, c2011. 782.42 L.
Mass Media: Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. by William Dudley. Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press, c2005. 302.23 MAS.
Media Violence. Ed. by Louise Gerdes. Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press, c2004. 303.6 MED.
Ousmane Sembene: Interviews. Ed. by Annett Busch and Max Annas. Jackson, MI. : University Press of Mississippi, c2008. 791.43 O.
Popular Culture: Opposing Viewpoints. Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press,c 2005. 302.23 POP.
Rap Music and Culture. New York : Greenhaven Press, c2008. 306.4 R.
Ruschmann, Paul. The FCC and Regulating Indecency. Philadephia : Chelsea House, c2005. 343.73 R.
Sanders, Martin W. America Through the Lens: Photographes Who Changed the Nation. New York : Henry Holt and Company, c2005. 770 S.
Scenes From the City : Filmmaking in New York, 1966-2006. Edited by James Sanders. New York : Rizzoli : Distributed by Random House, c2006. 791.43 SCE.
Scott, Damion and Kris Ex. How to Draw Hip Hop. New York : Watson-Guptill, c2006. 741.2 SCO.
Seba, Jaime. Gay Characters in Theater, Movies, and Television: New Roles, New Attitudes. Broomall, PA. : Mason Crest Publishers,c 2011. 791.43 S.
Selfridge, Benjamin. A Teen's Guide to Creating Web Pages and Blogs. Waco, TX. : Prufrock Press Inc., c2009. 006.7 S.
Solomon, Norman. War Made Easy : How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. Hoboken. NJ : Wiley, c2005. 070.44 SOL.
Stuller, Jennifer K. Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors. New York : I.B. Tauris, c2010. 791.43 S.
Thomson, David. "Have You Seen...?'' : A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008. 791.43 T.
Waters, Rosa. Hip-Hop: a Short Hstory. Broomall, PA : Mason Crest, c2007. 782.421 WAT.


Avi. Nothing But the Truth: a Documentary Novel. New York : Avon Books, c1991. FIC AVI.
Calconita, Jen. Broadway Lights : a Novel. New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2010.
Calonita, Jen. Paparazzi Princess. New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2009. FIC CALONITA.
Dean, Zoey. Girls on Film. New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2004. FIC DEAN.
Howell, Simmone. Notes From the Teenage Underground. New York : Bloomsbury : Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2007. FIC HOWELL.
Weatherford, Carole Boston. Becoming Billie Holiday. Honesdale, PA.: Wordsong, c2008.


Passwords are needed for the following databases:
Grolier Online Passport:
The New York Times:
World Book Web:

Web Sites:
FAIR: Fairness and accuracy in reporting - This national media watch group has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.
Common Sense Media - Provides family reviews and ratings of media and entertainment choices for kids and families.
Fox News- This corporation describes itself as fair and balenced but many question whether it is truly fair and balenced.
IMDB - Internet Movie Database
Media Matters - Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Media Watch - Challenging racism, sexism and violence in the media through education and action.
The Weekly Standard- News from a conservative point of view.


America Beyond the Color Line. London : Wall to Wall Television,c 2003. DVD# 6.
American Cinema: Five Videos - The Hollywood Style/The Star; Romantic Comedy / Film Noir; The Western / The Combat Film; The Studio System / Film in the Television Age; The Film School Generation / The Edge of Hollywood. NY: The Visual Center for Visual History Production, c1995. VCR# 452, 453,454,455,456,264.
The Bronze Screen : 100 Hundred Years of the Latino image in Hollywood. Chicago : Questar, c2002. DVD# 187.
Miller, Branda. Birth of a Candy Bar. Electronic. NY : Electronic Arts Intermix, c1988. VCR# 251.
Hacking democracy. New York : Teale Edwards Production, c2006. DVD# 532.
Inside Job. New York : Sony Pictures Classics, c2010. DVD# 531.
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. Produced and directed by Robert Greenwald. New York : Disinformation Co., 2004. DVD# 14.
Racism: The Internal Madness. NY : Educational Video Center, c?. VCR# 252.
Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections. Nashville, TN. : Earnhardt Pirkle, Inc., c2007. DVD# 533.


The Media's Guide to Protestors

Community Resources:

Fox News television station, Channel 5.
WBAI radio station, 99.5 FM
WNYC radio station, 93.9 FM, 820 AM

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

New York State Standards For the Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts
Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts
(dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.
Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources
Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for
participation in the arts in various roles.
Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to
other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic
communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.