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My Personal Communication Philosophy: On Otherness and Service

There was a time when I did not realize that communication had a dramatic effect on my relationships, career, and identity; when poor communication adversely affected my ability to cultivate a relationship, manage conflict, raise my children, or create professional success.  In retrospect, communication was a one-sided affair.  I just said what I said without … Continue reading

Youth Sexting: Using Theory to Identify the Problem and Propose a Solution

In 2009, two teenage girls, one from Florida and the other from Ohio, committed suicide after enduring extensive harassment and bullying from their peers for ‘sexting’–sending sexually explicit images of themselves–to their boyfriends (Meyer, 2009).  Since then, few themes have dominated national discourse quite so pervasively as ‘sexting’, with the media leading the debate over … Continue reading

Wrestling with an Angel: The Importance of Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies to Communication Theory

Describing Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies from the perspective of theorizing communication is somewhat counter-intuitive.  Hall’s journey did not begin with a desire to theorize communication, rather, to make intellectual sense of the social world in order to intervene intelligently and help change it.  Thus, Hall’s work is interdisciplinary, and more properly considered cultural studies, rather … Continue reading

Shaping Public Opinion on the Iraq War: Analysis Using a Theoretical Lens

Agenda Setting and Spiral of Silence:  A Cautionary Tale of Media and Government Complicity in Public Deception Few events in modern history illustrate how the government uses the media to manufacture consent for their agenda quite as effectively as the Iraq War.  In fact, during the run up to the Iraq War, the government used … Continue reading

Perspective on the Film: We Have A Table for Four Ready – The Story of the St. Francis Inn

An Alternative Discourse of the American Dream: See the trailer here The media routinely present American audiences with narratives that portray America as the land of opportunity, the richest and greatest country in the world.  Indeed, most media texts offer a normative view of American social reality and rarely challenge conventional wisdom.  However, We Have … Continue reading

All Theory is not Equal: Evaluating Communication Theory

While the meaning of theory may not be contested ground in academia, theory remains controversial in the public sphere.  For instance, the theory of evolution is widely criticized as only a theory by school boards that propose teaching creationism or intelligent design as part of their science curriculum (Harris, 2013).  In addition, theory can be … Continue reading

On Writing: Then and Now

As an avid reader of science fiction, I spent my early childhood enraptured by the stories of Golden Age giants like Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, and Bradbury, writers with the ability to transport me to other worlds.  I marveled at their talent to construct alternate realities where heroes triumphed and set the world right again, usually … Continue reading

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