NCA Inside & Out

New Research in Communication

New Research in Communication

March 15, 2016

“Beyond the Google search bar: Evaluating Source Credibility in Contemporary Research,” in Communication Teacher, published online February 2016, by Mary E. Sorenson.  

In this class activity, students will learn how to evaluate source credibility among resources that extend beyond peer-reviewed, published journal articles and books. Students are divided into small groups and asked to utilize search engines and social media to investigate the credibility of a source and author provided by the instructor. Through this activity, students will learn more effective research habits.   

“Rebels of the Underground: Media, Orality, and the Routes of Black Emancipation,” in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, published online January 2016, by Armond R. Towns. 

This article considers how forms of media have racial implications that exceed their representational capabilities. Through an analysis of slave narratives, the author argues that the Underground Railroad was a “media environment” that assisted slave emancipation. This environment celebrated oral forms of mediation and the bodies of certain black runaway slaves to mediate the lines between freedom and bondage. 

“‘It’s All Set in the Stars’: Adapting and Staging Lee Smith’s ‘Intensive Care,’” in Text and Performance Quarterly, published online February 2016 by, John M. Allison, Jr.    

This essay describes the analysis, adaptation, and staging processes associated with a production of Lee Smith's short story, “Intensive Care.” Traditionally, Southern fiction depicts a natural enmity between science and religion. However, Smith's story is distinctive in that she renders science and religion as complementary, rather than in opposition to one another. The production utilized Salvador Dalí’s painting, Corpus Hypercubus, which similarly combines the religious theme of salvation with mathematical and scientific ideas as a visual intertext for staging Smith's narrative.