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Breaking Boundaries: In Political Entertainment Studies

by Michael X. Delli Carpini Jonathan Gray Larry Gross Jeffrey P. Jones Roderick P. Hart Dannagal G. Young Lauren Feldman Megan R. Hill Geoffrey Baym Heather Lamarre Amber Day R. Lance Holbert Paul R. Brewer Arlene Luck Lindsay Hoffman

This book brings together a collection of scholars whose work is leading the field of political entertainment studies, and yet it crosses methodological divides to do so, with quantitative and critical/cultural perspectives both represented. Indeed, each author worked as a part of a pair, addressing a similar topic as a colleague from across the divide. The result is a series of essays that add to and move beyond the state of political entertainment research--not only in content, but also in approach--by challenging readers to expand their thinking on these topics outside of the regular strictures. It begins with direct discussion of methodological divides in the field, as Michael Delli Carpini and Jeffrey P. Jones offer an essay, response, and further response. Following this initial, explicit tackling of methodology and what is at stake, Geoffrey Baym and Lindsay Hoffman each examine partisan language and interviews in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, respectively; Lauren Feldman and Paul Brewer examine satirical treatments of science; Amber Day and Heather LaMarre address the importance of Stephen Colbert's Super PAC; Dannagal G. Young and Roderick Hart discuss The Daily Show's treatment of political participation, citizenship, and social protest; and finally, Megan Hill and R. Lance Holbert each wrestle with developing a normative approach to political satire. Read what scholars think!

The Complete Sol Worth

by Larry Gross Jay Ruby

One of the central figures in the development of the study of visual communication, Sol Worth (1922-1977) was a filmmaker and painter before he turned to academic pursuits. He began with the question of how film could be understood and studied as medium of communication, and from there, he moved on to larger and more profound questions about the nature of visual media in general and the role that visual images play in shaping and constructing reality. He is perhaps best known for the "Navajo Film Project" that he conducted with anthropologist John Adair in which they gave 16mm cameras to Navajo residents of the Pine Springs, Arizona reservation in order to explore how people who had never made or used movies would do so for the first time. How would their movies reflect their own culture and their ways of seeing and telling about their experiences? The book, Through Navajo Eyes, included here, became enormously influential in the fields of anthropology, communication and cinema studies, among others. In The Complete Sol Worth, editors Larry Gross and Jay Ruby collect all of Sol Worth's published writings, as well as some unpublished writings, extensive photo essays, and articles about Worth's work. Sol Worth's work remains relevant and influential in visual communication and anthropology, and the e-book format enables an accessible collection of the entirety of his contributions. Readers can also access Teaterri, a video documentary that Worth produced which is part of a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We hope this collection will introduce new readers to Sol Worth's contribution to bettering our understanding of visual communication, culture, and life.One of the central figures in the development of the study of visual communication, Sol Worth (1922-1977) was a filmmaker and painter before he turned to academic pursuits. He began with the question of how film could be understood and studied as medium of communication, and from there, he moved on to larger and more profound questions about the nature of visual media in general and the role that visual images play in shaping and constructing reality. He is perhaps best known for the "Navajo Film Project" that he conducted with anthropologist John Adair in which they gave 16mm cameras to Navajo residents of the Pine Springs, Arizona reservation in order to explore how people who had never made or used movies would do so for the first time. How would their movies reflect their own culture and their ways of seeing and telling about their experiences? The book, Through Navajo Eyes, included here, became enormously influential in the fields of anthropology, communication and cinema studies, among others.

Echoes of Gabriel Tarde: What We Know Better or Different 100 Years Later

by Larry Gross Arlene Luck Christopher Ali Elihu Katz Joohan Kim

Originally published in 1898, Gabriel Tarde's essay "Opinion and Conversation" can be read as a series of propositions about the interaction of press, conversation, opinion and action, anticipating today's "deliberative democracy." Exploring these themes in a hyper-text "dialogue" with Tarde, Elihu Katz, Christopher Ali, and Joohan Kim ask what we know better or different 100 years later in this book. The aim is not only to reawaken attention to Tarde's text, but to assess the progress of communications research in its light. The e-book's format makes it possible to access the essay as a series of propositions, foreshadowing contemporary concerns with issues such as agenda setting, public opinion formation, the diffusion of innovation, the two-step flow of communication, the role of the press in nation-building, new media technologies, the normative role of media in a democracy, media events, and the like. The e-book includes an analytic Introduction, a biographical postscript and the first full English translation of Tarde's essay. Long overlooked, "Opinion and Conversation" deserves to be canonized as foundational for theories that link mass and interpersonal communication, especially in the age of social media. Authors are Elihu Katz, Distinguished Trustee Professor of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Christopher Ali, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Virginia, and Joohan Kim, Professor of Communication at Yonsei University in South Korea. Louise Salmon of the Sorbonne (Paris 1) contributed the biographical note.

Internet Governance: The NETmundial Roadmap

by Monroe E. Price Patrick Ryan Larry Gross Arlene Luck Joana Varon Ferraz Matthew Shears Ronaldo Lemos Vint Cerf Emma Llansó William J. Drake Max Senges Shawn Powers Jeremy Malcolm Lea Kaspar Nnenna Nwakanma Anriette Esterhuysen Avri Doria Samantha Dickinson Wolfgang Kleinwächter Richard Whitt Markus Kummer James Losey Marilia Maciel

"Following up on the promise of the NETMundial meeting, this timely and useful book explores the challenges of implementing its roadmap for the future of Internet governance." -- Milton L. Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies, USAInternet Governance: The NETmundial Roadmap explores key implications of the Global Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance held on April 23-24, 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil. At the meeting, government, business, civil society, Internet technical community and academic participants from around the world agreed to a "NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement" that included a "Roadmap for the Future Evolution of Internet Governance." This volume brings together leading practitioners and scholars to explore the challenges of implementing the Roadmap's section on institutional improvements, and was prepared for release and debate at September 2014 global Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul. The 16 chapters are grouped into six sections: Overviews; Strengthening the Internet Governance Forum; Filling the Gaps; Improving ICANN; Broader Analytical Perspectives; and Moving Forward. The book was produced as a part of the Internet Policy Observatory, a program at the Center for Global Communication Studies, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. It is edited by William J. Drake of the University of Zurich and Monroe Price of the Annenberg School for Communication.

Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age

by Gary B. Nash Lori L. Tharps Herman S. Gray Larry Gross Peggy Pascoe Arlene Luck Ken Tanabe Lindsay A. Dawkins Jordan Clarke Lisa Rueckert Amanda Mardon Andrew K. Jolivette Ulli K. Ryder Marcia Alesan Dawkins Shoshana Sarah Mary Beltràn Rainier Spencer Velina Hasu Houston

Have you been asked, "what nationality are you" or "what country are you from"?Have you been puzzled when forms tell you to "select only one ethnicity"?Have you been disturbed to hear that you're the "face of a colorblind future"?If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, this book is for you.Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age is an e-book that contains 17 contributions (many with exclusive photos) from award-winning writers, researchers and artists who embody a "mixed mindset." Audacious and razor-sharp, Mixed Race 3.0 exposes the many monochromatic portrayals of multiracial people's richness, variety and struggles in history, politics, mass-media and technology. Fans of Loving Day, Race Remixed, The Mixed Experience Podcast, Mixed Girl Problems and Critical Mixed Race Studies will be captivated, incensed and inspired by the powerful discussions of risks and rewards of being multiracial today.Beyond memoir or case study, this book offers three versions of what it means to be mixed from a variety of voices. Version 1 is "Mixed Race 1.0: A Monologue." Or, how did multiracial identities emerge in the U.S. and what challenges did they face? Version 2 is "Mixed Race 2.0: A Dialogue." Or, what are some core differences between how multiracials think and talk about themselves and how U.S. and global cultures think and talk about them? Version 3 is "Mixed Race 3.0: A Megalogue." Or, where in the world is this entire thing going as technology plays more of a role? With honest storytelling and up-to-date critical inquiry, Mixed Race 3.0 plots a path not just to being mixed in the 21st century, but one open to anyone interested in simply "how to be." The result is a poignant, intelligent, and daring journey that dissects the controversial label--multiracial--and challenges any politician, pundit or provocateur that purports to speak for or about all multiracial people. Foreword by Herman S. Gray, Professor and Chair, American Studies, UC Santa Cruz.

Thinking Together: An E-Mail Exchange and All That Jazz

by Howard S. Becker Robert R. Faulkner Larry Gross Arlene Luck Franck Leibovici Dianne Hagaman

Faulkner and Becker, sociologists and experienced musicians, wrote a book about their musical experiences--Do You Know? The Jazz Repertoire in Action--describing how musicians who didn't know each other could perform competently and interestingly without rehearsing, or playing from written music. When they wrote it, they lived at opposite ends of the country: Faulkner in Massachusetts, Becker in San Francisco. Instead of sitting around talking about their ideas, they wrote e-mails. So every step of their thinking, false steps as well as ideas that worked, existed in written form.When conceptual artist and poet Franck Leibovici asked them to contribute something that showed the "form of life" that supported their work, they collaborated with Dianne Hagaman to put the correspondence in order, which Liebovici exhibited and now appears as an e-book (which allows linking to available performances of the tunes they discussed).It's one of the most revealing records of a scientific collaboration ever made public, and an intimate picture of the creative process.Collective creativity--making sparks of originality produce something more than a glint in someone's eye--intrigues sociologists, people who study communication and theorists of business organization. The collective part of that process, turning an idea into a finished product, is even more complicated, and Thinking Together readers can watch the authors go through all the complications of working together to make the final result happen.Becker played piano in Chicago and Kansas City and taught sociology at Northwestern University. Among his books are Art Worlds and Writing for Social Scientists.Faulkner played trumpet in Los Angeles, got a PhD in sociology from UCLA, then taught at the University of Rochester and the University of Massachusetts (playing professionally in those places too). He is author of two books about the movie business, Hollywood Studio Musicians and Music on Demand: Composers and Careers in the Hollywood Film Industry.

Transmedia Branding: Engage Your Audience

by Larry Gross Arlene Luck Burghardt Tenderich Jerried Williams

You're either fully engaged with your audience or you're irrelevant. The choice is yours.What do Chipotle and The Matrix and Intel and Old Spice and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles know that you don't? How have disruptive economics, consumerism, and spreadable media evolved the relationship between brands and their audiences?We've all heard it before -- decreased barriers to entry, increased accessibility to technology, and the ability to virtually connect with experts around the globe have ignited a fiercely competitive battle for eyeballs. In this crowded media environment, how can brands create campaigns that people want to engage with and share with others? What mistakes do they need to avoid?In Transmedia Branding: Engage Your Audience, Burghardt Tenderich and Jerried Williams traverse the entertainment industry, technology sector, and consumer goods to show the timeless relevance of some of the greatest minds in communications: David Ogilvy, Edward Bernays, Philip Kotler, and Henry Jenkins. They provide a methodology for developing transmedia branding campaigns to engage audiences along with multiple case studies for further insight.The book targets marketing and public relations practitioners, students, academics and anybody interested in the rapidly evolving world of marketing communications and public relations.

Up From Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America

by Larry Gross

A half century ago gay men and lesbians were all but invisible in the media and, in turn, popular culture. With the lesbian and gay liberation movement came a profoundly new sense of homosexual community and empowerment and the emergence of gay people onto the media's stage. And yet even as the mass media have been shifting the terms of our public conversation toward a greater acknowledgment of diversity, does the emerging "visibility" of gay men and women do justice to the complexity and variety of their experience? Or is gay identity manipulated and contrived by media that are unwilling-and perhaps unable-to fully comprehend and honor it?While positive representations of gays and lesbians are a cautious step in the right direction, media expert Larry Gross argues that the entertainment and news media betray a lingering inability to break free from proscribed limitations in order to embrace the complex reality of gay identity. While noting major advances, like the opening of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore-the first gay bookstore in the country-or the rise of The Advocate from small newsletter to influential national paper, Gross takes the measure of somewhat more ambiguous milestones, like the first lesbian kiss on television or the first gay character in a newspaper comic strip.

WARNING! Graphic Content: Political Cartoons, Comix and the Uncensored Artistic Mind

by Larry Gross Mr Fish

Have your IDs ready and your intolerance for incendiary pictures and controversial ideas checked at the door for it's time to step into the head of the unabashedly liberal, award-winning cartoonist and writer Dwayne Booth (aka "Mr. Fish"), where inflammatory ideas meet deep insights and something like inspiring woe, discouraging indifference and gleeful nihilism are born!In this new book, WARNING! Graphic Content,Mr. Fish examines the past, present and future of art as commentary, deciphering its substructure and translating its unique alphabet into a wholly accessible vocabulary. Through extensive interviews, numerous audio and video clips and nearly 400 provocative images, he demonstrates unequivocally how uncensored art and weaponized jokes from cartoonists, satirists and fine artists through history provide humanity with its most thorough and revealing self-portraits. Find out what is right and wrong with the profession of political cartooning. Discover the truth about why our visual language is so much more adept than our verbal language at explaining and understanding the existential stuff and nonsense that elates and burdens us every day. Have you ever wondered: What's the difference between art and craft? Why are artists so poorly paid? If Yoko Ono sat silently in the middle of a crowded auditorium in her underpants and everybody was there to see it, would she make any sense whatsoever? What is a bogey ball and does it really need to be made out of real snot to be impactful? Mr. Fish answers all these questions and more in this book! This is work that provokes thought and debate and great peels of laughter, but is not intended for the faint of heart.

WikiLeaks: From Popular Culture to Political Economy

by Sandra Braman Toby Miller Pelle Snickars Larry Gross Axel Bruns Andrew Robinson Christian Fuchs Arlene Luck Mark Andrejevic Angela Daly Birgitta Jónsdóttir William Uricchio Pj Rey Nathan Jurgenson Athina Karatzogianni Lisa Lynch Karin Wahl-Jorgensen Christian Christensen Leah A. Lievrouw

"Little did I know that I was getting involved with WikiLeaks at the time of the biggest leaks in human history." -- Birgitta JónsdóttirWithin a relatively short period of time, WikiLeaks became the best-known whistle-blowing organization in the world. Due in large part to the release of massive quantities of classified data on the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, the notoriety of its founder, Julian Assange, and the trial and imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks has been the subject of widespread attention and debate.In this collection, influential and innovative scholars from a wide variety of research backgrounds speculate about why and how WikiLeaks does (or does not) matter. These of essays demonstrate that WikiLeaks and their activities are relevant to more areas of academic study than have been addressed to date. Also, in a rare interview, editor Christian Christensen asks Birgitta Jonsdittir about her astonishing activity with WikiLeaks and the important role she played in the making of the Collateral Murder video.The authors are rigorous in their arguments, but also offer opinions and even speculation about WikiLeaks in relation to a range of areas of study. Readers of the essays in WikiLeaks. From Popular Culture to Political Economy will appreciate that the contributors have managed to be concrete and precise in their thinking, but also provocative and sharp in their argumentation.

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