Volume 9, Issue 3 - June 2014Print | Email

Looking White, Sounding Black: Adele and Musical Authenticity

As images and commentary about Adele’s 2012 Grammy performance swept across the Internet, a complex audio-visual message emerged. While the singer’s body glowed white against her blackEdgar_image_1 gown and the darkened stage, the Internet questioned the meaning of her “black” sound—and these seemingly contradictory representations found an unlikely home alongside headlines touting Adele’s authenticity.

It may go without saying that Adele is white. Her fair complexion, blonde hair, and blue eyes are only exaggerated by the singer’s consistently black wardrobe. And Adele’s 2012 Grammy performance contrasted the singer’s brightly lit face and hair against a black background with lights so dim that her backup singers literally appeared as black shadows in the sparkle of Adele’s glowing skin.


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Cross Current

Instructor's Corner #1: Teaching Students to Face Their Fears Eases Public Speaking Anxiety

Hunter_image_1Public speaking anxiety (PSA) can hinder career aspirations, personal relationships, and self-image, but communication educators can provide students opportunities to learn and practice new skills and face their fears. A well-designed public speaking course serves apprehensive students through instructional strategies that target and treat the fears associated with public speaking while enhancing student development and future employability. Thus, reducing students’ public speaking anxiety can become a central component of the public speaking course design.

 


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Instructor's Corner #2: Twisted: Exploring Leadership with Human Knots

Are leaders born or made? We believe communication skills, such as leadership abilities, can be learned through experience. That is why we created an activity using a human knot to help students better understand how different leadership styles can either help or hurt a situation. By being virtually twisted into a knot with their classmates, students follow a leader’s ability to untangle them. What they don’t know is that one of their classmates, the designated leader, is performing one of three leadership styles: a democratic leader, an authoritarian leader, or a laissez-faire (hands-off) leader.
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I REMEMBER…. NCA Centennial Video

Turner_image_1The 2014 Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA) will mark the association’s Centennial, its 100-year anniversary.  While this is a momentous occasion, members of NCA gather, create and take away memories of events, individuals and presentations every year.  At the 2013 Annual Convention students from Wrought Iron Productions (WIP) and Wake Forest University captured individual’s memories of their experiences at NCA conventions.  This 32-minute video documents the value of NCA to its members and the field of communication.

The video is now live on the NCA Centennial page.  Please feel free to share this link on your departmental websites.

 


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COMM 365: Celebrating 100 Years of Communication Research through 2014

NCA_centennialIn honor of its upcoming Centennial, the National Communication Association is sponsoring COMM 365, a project celebrating 100 years of communication research. Five times per week, brief summaries of communication concepts, theories, and research findings are being posted on NCA’s website. Click here to see the most recent postings, which could be of interest to communication practitioners, teachers, and many others. The leader of the project is Zac Gershberg, Ph.D., who makes his intellectual home at the University of California at Stanislaus in Turlock, CA, USA.
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Known Unknowns: In Praise of Journalistic Naiveté

Communication scholars regularly ask how journalists could do a better job of telling the public about the things that matter.Markham_image_1
 

 


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HBO and the Story of HIV/AIDS

Pepper_image_1Just last month, HBO presented an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s award-winning play about the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart.

 

 


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Patients Are Signing Consent Forms They Don’t Understand. We Can Do Better.

Most medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures carry some sort of risk—from mild side effects like a sore arm after getting the flu shot to serious potential complications such as stroke or death during surgeryDonovan_image_1 under general anesthesia.

 


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The Important Rhetoric of “File Sharing”

John_image_1An important aspect of the debate over the copying and distribution of media content over the Internet concerns its terminology, where the competing terms are “piracy” and “file sharing.”
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Commanding Minds

Imagine you're a manager of creative workers. You walk the halls and see one of the employees staring out the window.Gehl_image_1  
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Uncovering Face: How Two Generations of South Asian Indian Americans Navigate “Izzat”

Baig_image_1The Persian-Urdu word “izzat,” which means honor, embodies the essence of the experience of face in India.
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