About

Welcome to Sociology in the media!  Also be sure to check out my sister blog Sociology in Books.

About Me:


My name is Rachel Ridnor and I am a sociology professor at Saddleback College and Orange Coast College.  Every day I go to work, I feel like I won the lottery, because teaching brings such joy to my life.  After all the years I have been teaching, I still say to myself each day, I cannot believe I am paid to do this :).

Purpose of the Site:

We live in a media driven society, and the influence of media only increases with time.  As a sociology professor, I love this increase and I am excited to continue to apply media that is relevant to my students to sociology.

One way I would like to do this outside of my classroom, which integrates a lot of modern media to sociological concepts, is through this site.  The purpose of this site is to enrich the study of sociology, from a student’s perspective, by providing a variety of media resources and showing how they relate to sociology.

More importantly, I simply want to show that using media with sociology is fun.  A common stereotype about the presentation of academic subjects using media is the use of boring, outdated, films and dry readings.  However, this does not have to be the case.  For example, even humorous films such as “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” (2008) are relevant and important to the study of sociology.

This site will feature a mix of media, in an effort to show how applicable sociology is to everyday life.

Special Thanks:

This project would not be possible without the contributions of my amazing students.  My students have suggested a large portion of the media that I will be posting on this site.  I learn so much from my students and it is my pleasure to share the fantastic media that they have suggested, in addition to the media I found on my own.

I also want to thank ahead of time my current students who want to contribute to this ongoing project.