The author of this volume provides a deeply engaging and enriching account of HIV/AIDS (mis)representations and (mis)constructions in the popular media. Well-researched and beautifully written, this book provides a robust framework—theoretical and methodological—for understanding how our notions of illness and disease are socially constructed and influenced by the media.
The arguments and insights in this manuscript are both new and important. A researcher in AIDS representation myself, I have been shocked and disappointed by the lack of information and—crucially—cultural analysis of the AIDS epidemic. This work offers an important contribution to a conversation in which there are relatively few participants.
HIV on TV: Popular Culture’s Epidemic demands that readers take popular culture representations of HIV and AIDS seriously. In addition to providing a rich history of how HIV has been portrayed in television and film, Johnson offers her candid assessments about how media creators must repair the problems that continue to persist in popular culture depictions of HIV. The book offers the opportunity for scholars who study media, health, rhetoric, popular culture, sexuality, and/or journalism to combine various threads of thought and enhance how they envision popular culture as a form of education.