The question of how Donald Trump won the 2016 election looms over his presidency. Were the 78,000 voters who gave him an Electoral College victory affected by the Russian trolls and hackers? Trump has denied it, and so, too, has Vladimir Putin. Others cast the answer as unknowable.
There’s no question that Communication scholar Larry Gross is one of the greats in his field. In the 1970s and 80s, he was co-Principal Investigator for the groundbreaking Cultural Indicators Project, led by former Annenberg Dean George Gerbner. He has authored or edited 10 books, including Up from Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America (Columbia University Press 2001), which is considered a seminal work in the field of LGBTQ studies. He has served in editorial capacities for 19 journals.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s new book, Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know, is the focus of an eight-page article in the New Yorker. The book focuses on whether Russian meddling had a decisive impact in the 2016 election.
It was on The Howdy Doody Show in 1947 that Buffalo Bob first asked children, “Say, kids, what time is it?” What time? It was, as Annenberg alumna Jo Holz (Ph.D. '81) writes in a new book, America’s time as a superpower with a booming post-war economy. But more specifically for the children in earshot of the question, it was their time, time to watch TV, and they knew exactly what to shout in reply: “It’s Howdy Doody time!”
David Zarefsky, a longtime scholar of rhetoric and oratory at Northwestern University, has been named a visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center for the spring 2018 term.
Death is often reported in the news, and as images and video become increasingly more important to journalism, these reports are accompanied by photographs that sometimes raise questions about what is an appropriate or inappropriate representation of death.
Plenty of people on social media have an axe to grind, but why do some complaints become massive digital protests? Why do hashtags like #blacklivesmatter or #metoo become prominent in a matter of hours? How do trending topics emerge from the ever-shifting attention of the public?
In our communities, we often look to the ideas of historic and contemporary philosophers, religious leaders, and politicians to shape our understanding of the world.
Oxford University Press has published the hardcover edition of The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication, which is co-edited by Annenberg Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Annenberg alumna Kate Kenski (Ph.D. '06).