The video shows a Jordanian pilot in an orange jumpsuit standing in a cage, his head bowed. A match hits unseen gasoline, and what follows is unspeakable. The pilot burns to death at the hands of the Islamic State, multiple cameras recording it in detail. The event itself was perhaps a minute, but the official edited video drags on for 22 minutes. Maximizing fear and horror on phones and computers worldwide — that’s the whole point.
From among a field of 3,000 applicants, Professor Diana Mutz has been named one of 178 Guggenheim Fellows for 2016.
Mutz, the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, studies public opinion, political psychology, and mass political behavior, with particular emphasis on political communication.
We all know adolescence is a formative time, and that it’s all but impossible to shield tweens and teens from the standard American media diet dappled with sex, drugs, and violence. But what effect do those shows and movies actually have on our children?
Long before the job was even posted — before he even got his Ph.D. in Communication — Yphtach Lelkes hoped to someday join the faculty at the Annenberg School for Communication. “The school’s high standing, the excellent research, the location — It was always a bit of a dream job,” he says.
He feels very lucky right now.
Starting in September, Lelkes will become an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.
No matter your take on the 2016 Republican Primary, there’s one thing that can be agreed upon: It’s a real horse race.
Television is full of talking heads making predictions and parsing the latest poll. It’s a dizzying number of thoughts and opinions.
While there remain infinite ways to absorb the latest political news, the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics (ISCAP) created a simple way to zoom out and look at the big picture.
Talking to Professor Joseph Turow about privacy and data security is never a vastly reassuring experience—but always an illuminating one.
After all, by most estimates, very little about our digital lives is private, from the emails mined by Google to serve up targeted ads, to the profile retailers build of us every time we swipe our credit cards, to the location data given out by many of our devices.
When Susan Douglas was entering her Ph.D. program in the late 1960s, the idea of choosing media studies as a scholarly path would have drawn contempt from most academics. One asked Douglas if she was planning to read comic books all day.
“You had to be out of your mind to study something that was so banal and evanescent as popular culture and the media,” she says.
They took photos of the candy-colored cars of the 1950s and Havana’s grand architecture in all its faded glory. They admired the artwork depicting Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Camilo Cienfuegos at the Museum of the Revolution and ate in paladares, restaurants often run out of people’s homes.
A study using a real-world approach to evaluate graphic warning labels on cigarette packs has found that the emotionally engaging images are more successful than simple text warnings at educating smokers about the risks of smoking.