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).
From memes to zines, hacktivism to artivism, this is an exciting moment in the evolution of media activism studies. Media Activism in the Digital Age, a new book edited by Professors Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang, serves as an invaluable guide to this vibrant and evolving field of research.
From vaccinations to climate change, nuclear power to fracking, the weight of scientific evidence and the perceptions of the public are often deeply at odds. Political controversies arise over issues in which the science has long been settled as well as those involving emerging technologies for which the best available evidence is needed as a guide for thoughtful policy decisions. The rapidly changing media environment further complicates the communication of sound science.
Professor Paul Messaris and alumna Lee Humphreys recently published the second edition of their edited volume Digital Media: Transformations in Human Communication (Peter Lang, 2017).
As the book describes, the advent of digital media has created a world in which the transmission of information is multi-directional. People voluntarily deposit their personal details in publicly accessible databases, and interpersonal relationships are increasingly conducted in the virtual sphere.