ABSTRACT

Faced with lockdowns and social-distancing measures, many of us retreated into binge watching and doomscrolling instead of using media as a means of connecting with each other and engaging with the challenges facing our society. During this increase in political and societal tension, network news coverage and social media discourse have arguably become more divisive. The comparison of such a pivotal—and in many ways, terribly tragic—moment in history to a kids' movie featuring talking toy blocks may seem ineffective, maybe even inappropriate. The comparison of such a pivotal—and in many ways, terribly tragic—moment in history to a kids' movie featuring talking toy blocks may seem ineffective, maybe even inappropriate. The chapter also presents an overview on the key concepts discussed in this book.