The Next Generation of Men
on Television
by Austin Hepp
An Honors Undergraduate
Fellowship Film


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Telecommunications student Austin Hepp analyzes the current state of masculinity in television, as perceived by young adults. In looking at four genres of television, (Comedy, Drama, News, Sports), Modern Masculinity highlights a current trend in television to showcase more diverse and realistic male characters that are not restricted by past definitions of masculinity.

For the fall semester of 2008, Austin was granted the opportunity to participate in the Honors Undergraduate Fellowship program. Early in the semester, he was trained in Final Cut Pro and became Apple Certified in the video editing program. For the remainder of the semester, under the supervision of Telecommunications faculty advisor Betsy Pike, Austin wrote, filmed, and edited Modern Masculinity. Austin administered an online poll that fifty current Ball State students took to reveal young adults' perception of masculinity.
Interviews in Modern Masculinity include:

Both have done extensive research on masculinity in the media.

The 25-minute film was showcased in the Letterman Screening room in the David Letterman Communication and Media Building on February 17 and 19, 2009. Ball State students and faculty were in attendance. Also in attendance was Roger Young, an Emmy award-winning, international director, writer and producer, and the Edmund F. and Virginia Ball Endowed Chair at the Telecommunications Department at Ball State University.

Austin Hepp is from Fishers, Indiana. He is an undergraduate student at Ball State University aspiring to graduate with a major in Telecommunications, minor in French, and an Honors diploma as a member of the Ball State Honors College. He is a Production student within the Telecommunications department with a focus on video editing.