Volume 11, Issue 6 - December 2016Print | Email

Using Inoculation Messages as a Pre-Crisis Strategy

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is among the government agencies that have the difficult task of uncovering and preventing violent public attacks. In a recent essay, Bobi Ivanov and a team of researchers describe how communication, specifically inoculation messages, can be used for community resilience, especially after a violent public attack.


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The Good Wives (and Husband) of the 2016 Elections

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The 2016 elections have come to a close, but the campaigns have left plenty of fodder for Communication scholars. In a recent essay, Roseann M. Mandziuk of Texas State University examines the rhetoric of 2016 presidential candidate spouses. Specifically, she explores the power of the cultural expectations of female spouses as “the good wife,” and how those expectations differed for prospective “first gentleman” Bill Clinton. The widely accepted values, ideals, and myths that define “the good wife,” she argues, intersect with rhetorics of nativism, classism, and sexuality “to constitute powerful boundaries governing speech and silence.”


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Instructor’s Corner: Nonverbal Immediacy Behaviors and Online Student Engagement

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In 2016, Sloan Consortium reported that 5.8 million students in the United States were taking at least one online course. With so many students learning online, educators are developing ways to better engage them. Marcia D. Dixson of Indiana University-Purdue University and a team of researchers conducted a study to learn more about the types of immediacy behaviors instructors should use to enhance their students’ learning.


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Instructor’s Corner: Partnering with the University Communications Office to Teach Social Media

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In the real world, it’s important for graduates in the fields of public relations and advertising to be able “to apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and understand the digital world,” according to the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.  


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Pinterest Creates New Labor for Women

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Women have long used scrapbooks to curate their experiences, celebrate accomplishments, and document memories. Now they are using the social networking site Pinterest, which is visually similar to scrapbooking, but doesn’t serve the same purpose. On Pinterest, women envision ideal versions of themselves and their homes instead of celebrating who they have been and the successes they have had. 


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Political and Cultural Implications of Will Smith’s Public Persona

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In the United States, celebrity culture is ubiquitous. The way celebrities are depicted and the ways in which people talk about them actively shape what audiences and fans come to know and believe about themselves and the world around them. In her recent essay, Claire Sisco King of Vanderbilt University examines the ways in which the images and personae of celebrities might help to challenge, or even revise, dominant cultural narratives. 


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Exploring How Globalization Affects Cultural Perceptions of Privacy

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Globalization challenges our cultural understandings, leading to the need to reconceptualize the concept of culture and reconsider modern-day influences on cultural norms. In a recent study, Nathaniel Simmons of Western Governors University in Columbus, Ohio, examines the cultural premises that influence intercultural privacy management when two cultures have different ideas about how to manage their private information.


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