Joseph Turow, Ph.D., the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, walks us through his book Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling, and Medical Power, an engaging and highly perceptive history of the medical TV series from its inception to the present day. Turow offers an inside look at the creation of iconic doctor shows as well as a detailed history of the programs, an analysis of changing public perceptions of doctors and medicine, and an insightful commentary on how medical dramas have both exploited and shaped these perceptions.
Sharrona Pearl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, reveals the way that physiognomy, the study of facial features and their relationship to character, shaped the way that people understood one another and presented themselves in nineteenth-century London in her book About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-century Britain.
Professor Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., talks about the genesis of her book About to Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford, 2010).
Professor Joseph Turow talks about his research into Americans opinions about tailored political advertisements.