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Teens study media literacy in 1985

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Sitting in front of the TV watching rock videos isn't a waste of time for a group of students at Etobicoke's School of Experiential Education: it's homework. The teenagers are taking a class in media literacy, carefully watching Van Halen's Hot for Teacher. While the instructor notes the video's pacing and use of black-and-white film, the students are more concerned about the sexism implicit in its images of scantily clad women and not men. This report for CBC-TV program What's New? catches up with the students' discussion and asks MuchMusic veejay J.D. Roberts what he thinks of kids watching videos for a high school credit. 

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: Feb. 2, 1985
Program: What's New?
Host: Howard Green
Guest: John (J.D.) Roberts
Duration: 5:13
"Hot for Teacher" video copyright Warner Records.

Did You know?


• John (J.D.) Roberts left MuchMusic to become a news anchor at Toronto's CITY-TV before leaving Canada to take a job at a station in Miami, Fla. He returned to Canada as a host on CTV's Canada AM and, in 1992, went back to the U.S. to work at CBS. He joined CNN in 2006 and stayed until 2011, when he became a correspondent for Fox News.


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