Category Archives: Chapter 2

Link Ch. 2 – Revisiting Dr. Gerbner and TV Violence

By and large, most people who aren’t media scholars would be hard pressed to name a single media theorist who isn’t Marshall McLuhan. But the one possible exception would be George Gerbner because of his cultivation theory. Dr. Gerbner testified … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 2 – Applying the Spiral of Silence to Social Media

German media scholar Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, with her spiral of silence, has raised the question of why people become unwilling to express what they perceive to be a minority opinion. Central to Noelle-Neumann’s argument is that when people believe they are in … Continue reading

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Ch. 2 Link – Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and the NSA

Here are links to several in-depth articles about the NSA whistleblower/leaker Edward Snowden and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who reported on Snowden’s documents. Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets Great article by Janet Reitman from Rolling Stone. … Continue reading

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Talking About Media & Body Image

This morning in class we’re going to be talking about the connection between body image and how our media portray beauty. I asked my students to take a look at some of my earlier posts about media and body image, … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

How are News Corp. and the Fox Group doing post corporate split? Better than expected.  Bigger is increasingly not necessarily better. Is there more than one standard of beauty out there? Increasingly, it looks like the answer is “Yes.”  British … Continue reading

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Return to Kickstarter

At AEJMC this year, I was part of a great panel about using Kickstarter to fund journalistic and other media projects – hence the recent number of posts on Kickstarter… Here are two more crowdfunded projects that have just popped … Continue reading

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Media News Roundup

Hawaii passes Steven Tyler Act Would ban “unwanted photos or videos of others in private moments.”  Nice idea, but do celebs really get the right to say “pay attention to me now, but not now”? How Sen. Rand Paul used … Continue reading

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Mass Communication and Fear Readings

Next week I’m going to be guest lecturing in a class about the nature of fear.  So hear are several readings that deal with the notion of how we deal with fear and the media: George Gerbner on why we … Continue reading

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What is Gangnam Style? And how did it turn Klingon?

Last fall our friend Charley Reed gave us an in-depth analysis of the insanely popular Korean video Gangnam Style.  Me?  I added in the wonderful parody video of Klingon Style!  We talked about it in class today, so if you … Continue reading

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Presidential Victory and Concession Speeches

2008 was seen by many as a high point for presidential victory and concession speeches, with both candidates giving excellent messages. Here are the 2012 speeches from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: Obama’s Victory Speech Romney’s Concession Speech

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