get this straight. If you’re a psychopath and you post a virtual blue-print of
where your wife lives and how to kill her, boast about how you can slit the
throat of a woman who is an FBI agent, and make not-so-veiled threats about the
massacre of a classroom of kindergarteners, this is all hunky-dory with the
U.S. Supreme Court, provided that 1) you claim to be writing rap lyrics because
you have posted your threats in verse, and 2) you whine successfully that you
did not intend for your wife to feel
threatened. Really? Sadly, yes.
Last summer, we presented our work at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Workshop on the Spectrum of Caregiving and Palliative Care in Rare Diseases and at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy and Palliative Care. Both meetings are important in policy development for healthcare. The IOM and NINR influence the way in which grant monies are allocated, the way health issues are prioritized by key organizations, the way media disseminate research content, and ultimately, the way you experience healthcare in America. We shared our translational research that emphasized the utility of communication theories and methods, allowing other disciplines to learn about what we do and inviting new partners to the research table.
National Freedom of Speech Week offers many opportunities for instruction in the history and importance of freedom of expression. Please check out these links to websites offering general information, as well as suggestions for instructional activities for all grade levels.
One of the goals of education has always been to prepare young people to engage civically, to play a role in the development and maintenance of communities around them. But this is harder said than done. Millennials today are entering adulthood with lower incomes and higher levels of debt and poverty than the two generations before them. Perhaps not surprisingly then, their rate of political participation is low. And while there certainly is evidence of “liking” issues of political importance on social media (commonly referred to as slacktivism), their engaged civic participation does not generally match their virtual behavior.
Anyone who has sat through a speech, presentation, or sermon has stifled yawns and struggled to keep eyelids open. While the boredom of audiences might be blamed on short attention spans or poor listening skills, the real culprit is the public speaking context in which audience members are burdened with absorbing large amounts of talk with little chance of taking the floor. Presenters, however, can revitalize an audience’s flagging attention through rhetorical devices.