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Ep. 19: Alissa Wilkinson | The American Critic

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

This week on The Balanced Voice we welcome Alissa Wilkinson, Film Critic and Culture Reporter at Vox. As someone who has dedicated her life to critique and culture, we thought Alissa would be the perfect guest to discuss the importance of critique in our society today. In todays Balanced conversation with Alissa we answered this question:

“Is the entertainment industry dictating what is going on in our world, or are we shaping our society and the entertainment industry is simply creating content as a response?”

More About Alissa Wilkinson:

Alissa is a staff critic at, where she mostly writes about film, TV, culture, and the arts, often where they intersect with media, religion, and rhetoric. She is also an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where since 2009 she has taught courses on criticism, cinema studies, literature, and cultural theory.

Alissa is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, and the WGA East, and was an inaugural writing fellow with the Sundance Institute’s Art of Nonfiction initiative. She’s served on juries at the Sundance Film Festival, DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and others, and selection committees for groups including the Gotham Awards and the Sundance Documentary Film Program.

Instagram: @AlissaWilkinson

Twitter: @alissamarie



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