ASC@Penn News Digest, April 2017



Professor Jessa Lingel: Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community (MIT Press)

Professor Sharrona Pearl: Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other (University of Chicago Press) [READ MORE]

Lecturer Alvin S. Felzenberg: A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. (Yale University Press)

Journal Articles

Doctoral Candidate Yotam Ophir, Research Director Erin Maloney, and Professor Joseph N. Cappella: “The Effects of Graphic Warning Labels’ Vividness on Message Engagement and Intentions to Quit Smoking” (Communication Research)

Doctoral Candidate Jonathan Pace: “Exchange Relations on the Dark Web” (Critical Studies in Media Communication)

Survey Research & Reports

Professor Victor Pickard: “Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking” (Reuters Institute for Journalism, University of Oxford)

In the Media

Pennsylvania Gazette: “When Lies Go Viral” quoted Provost Vincent Price, Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini, Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Professor Marwan M. Kraidy.

Philadelphia Tribune: “Black Journalists Hold Regional Conference in Philadelphia” quoted Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini.

Statesman: “Horrigan: All of the Things We Don’t Know” referenced research by Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini.

Associated Press: “Trump’s Speaking Style Still Flummoxes Linguists” quoted Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Under Fire, National Academies Toughen Conflict-of-Interest Policies” quoted Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

The Conversation: “Can Bill Nye – or Any Other Science Show – Really Save the World?” quoted Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.

European Journal of Communication: “Book Review: The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World” is a review of Professor Marwan M. Kraidy’s new book.

Pop Matters: “’The Naked Blogger of Cairo’ Combines Erudition with Style and Wit” is a review of Professor Marwan M. Kraidy’s new book.

Jadaliyya: “Creative Insurgency in the Arab World” interviewed Professor Marwan M. Kraidy. [AUDIO]

Professor Joseph Turow was interviewed or quoted in the following media outlets:

Dawn: “Non-Fiction: The Lost Comrades” is a review of Professor Guobin Yang’s new book.

Penn Current: “Reimagining Journalism in its Time of Ill Fortune” quoted Professor Barbie Zelizer.

La Presse: “Étude sur la Déshumanisation: Un Racisme Décomplexé... et Mondial” interviewed Research Scientist Emile Bruneau. (in French)

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Penn Professor Uses Science to Bridge the Political Divide” quoted Research Scientist Emile Bruneau.

Insider NJ: “Buckley: A Literary and Political Triumph for New Jersey’s Al Felzenberg” is a review of Lecturer Alvin S. Felzenberg’s new book A Man and His Presidents.

Media Briefing: “When are Newspapers like Giraffes? The Future of Local Journalism” quoted CARGC Fellow Christopher Ali.

Media Shift: “Demystifying Media: What’s the Future of Local Newspapers?” quoted CARGC Fellow Christopher Ali.

NewsWorks: “NewsWorks Tonight March 29, 2017” featured CARGC Fellow Christopher Ali. [AUDIO]

Sixth Tone: “How Western Fake News Took Over China’s Social Media” was written by Doctoral Candidate Kecheng Fang.

Quartz: “Bots Aren’t Just Service Tools – They’re a Whole New Form of Media” was written by Doctoral Student Douglas Guilbeault.

CBA National: “The $4 Trillion Question” quoted Doctoral Candidate Tim Libert.

Musiqology: “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember: Considering Race in Contemporary Memphis” was written by Doctoral Student John Vilanova.

Rolling Stone: “Pepsi’s Idiotic Kendall Jenner Ad Highlights Pop Music’s Protest Problem” was written by Doctoral Student John Vilanova.

Awards & Honors

Professor Diana C. Mutz was awarded a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, worth up to $200,000, for a two-year research project on the backlash to globalization. [READ MORE]

Doctoral Student Allyson Volinsky was awarded a 2017 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students for her work in Professor Amy Jordan’s course COMM 125: Introduction to Communication Behavior. [READ MORE]

At the Podium

The Annenberg School co-sponsored a panel discussion entitled “Do Facts Still Matter? Media, Politics, and Education in a Post-Truth Era,” which included Lecturer Howard Fineman, Professor John L. Jackson, Jr., and Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson. [WATCH HERE]

Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s TEDxMidAtlantic talk, “The Decline of American Politics, and How to Fix it,” is available to watch. [READ MORE]

Professor Amy Jordan gave the 2017 Van Zelst Lecture in Communication at Northwestern University.

Professor Marwan M. Kraidy gave the keynote address at the sixth biennial conference of the Media Fields Editorial Collective.

Professor Jessa Lingel gave a lecture entitled “Uncommon Internets: Digital Technologies and Countercultural Communities” at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication.

The Brown Institute at Columbia University hosted a book launch for Professor Jessa Lingel’s new book Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community.

Professor Sharrona Pearl was a featured speaker at the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Science on Tap Un-Tapped event.

The Annenberg School hosted a panel discussion entitled “The Future of Journalism Beyond Trump,” which included CARGC Fellow Christopher Ali, Professor Victor Pickard, and Visiting Scholar Errol Salamon.

Professor Joseph Turow gave a lecture entitled “The Hidden Life of Personal Data in 21st Century Commerce: Toward a Sociology of Resignation” as part of the Elihu Katz Colloquium series.

Professor Guobin Yang gave a lecture entitled “Understanding the Success of China’s Super App” as part of the School of Arts and Science’s 60 Second Lecture series.

Professor Barbie Zelizer gave lectures on the Cold War mindset of journalism at the University of Tampere in Finland, the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, and the University of Bremen in Germany.

Research Scientist Emile Bruneau was an invited panelist at the Wharton Business and Law Association’s event, “Travel Bans and Border Walls: A Discussion on Immigration.”

CARGC Fellow Christopher Ali presented at the International Journalism Festival in Italy during a panel entitled “Reimaging Local News for the Digital Age.”

CARGC Fellow Christopher Ali taught a session on internet policy methods at the Workshop on Research Methods for Internet Policy in South and Southeast Asia in India.

CARGC Fellow Christopher Ali gave a talk entitled “From Kale to Broadband: Localism in the Digital Age” as part of the CARGC Colloquium series.

Visiting Scholar Isabel Molina-Guzmán gave a Scholars Program in Culture and Communication colloquium lecture entitled “#Blaxican: Reflections on Race as Visual Technology.”

Doctoral Student Hye-Yon Lee presented two papers at the 2017 conference of the Midwest Political Science Association: “How Much is One American Worth?,” co-written with Professor Diana C. Mutz, and “The Impact of Electoral Victory and Loss on Party Identification.”

The Annenberg School hosted its fifth annual Graduate Student Symposium. [READ MORE] Organized by a student committee composed of Natalie Herbert, Danny Kim, Yotam Ophir, Christin Scholz, Allyson Volinsky, and Celeste Wagner, the symposium included the following presentations:

  • Joshua Becker: "The Network Dynamics of Social Influence in the Wisdom of Crowds"
  • Jasmine Erdener: “Embodied and Extended Publics: Political Activism through Puppetry”
  • Elisabetta Ferrari: "Fighting 'The Man's Technology': Visions of Technology in the Underground Press of the American Counterculture (1964-1974)"
  • Eunji Kim and Jin Woo Kim: "First-Time Presidential Voting and Political Trust"
  • Soojong Kim: "Emergence and Stability of Status Hierarchy"
  • Elissa Kranzler: “Teens and the 'Social Self': Neural Responses to Anti-Smoking Messages are Associated with Perceived Effectiveness and Intentions to Share"
  • Helene Langlamet: "Can Digital Technologies Create a Stronger Model for Democratic Participation?"
  • David Larochelle: "Exclusion from the Networked Public Sphere"
  • Hye-Yon Lee: "The Impact of Electoral Victory and Loss on Partisan Social Identity"
  • Lee McGuigan: "Selling Jennifer Aniston's Sweater: The Persistence of Shoppability in Framing Television's Future"
  • Subhayan Mukerjee: "Are Audiences Fragmented in How They Consume News Online? An Analysis of Web Browsing Behavior During Two Salient Political Events in the U.K."
  • Yotam Ophir and Dror Walter: "The Elephant and the Bird: Republican Candidates' Strategy and Issue Framing on Twitter during the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries"
  • Yilang Peng: "Aggregate Emotional Display of Presidential Candidates Across Online Media Outlets"
  • Christin Scholz and Elisa Baek: "A Neural Propagation System: Neurocognitive and Preference Synchrony in Information Sharers and Their Receivers"
  • Jazmyne Sutton: "Investigating the Persuasive Features of Tobacco Warning Labels"
  • John Vilanova and Natalie Herbert: "Not 'Simply the Best?': Querying Quantifying Discrimination at the Grammy Awards"

The Annenberg School hosted the National Association of Black Journalists regional conference.

camra welcomed Karina Horsti, who gave a lecture entitled “Debris of the Border: Seeing, and Seeing with, Objects Discarded by Migrants” and led a workshop entitled “Participatory and Creative Methods in Migration Research.”

The Elihu Katz Colloquium series welcomed Clemencia Rodriguez, who gave a talk entitled “Media in the Crossfire: Communication in Contexts of Armed Conflict in Colombia.”

MARC and camra hosted a screening of We Break Things followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Rebecca Wexler.

TCORS welcomed Sherry Emory and Yoonsang Kim for an MDACA Core lecture entitled “Efficient Sampling for Machine Classification.”

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, a Sundance and Peabody winning filmmaker, spoke to George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow Sandra Ristovska’s undergraduate class, COMM 290: Visual Culture and Human Rights.

Carly Zakin (C’08) and Danielle Weisberg, co-founders of theSkimm, spoke to Research Director Ken Winneg’s undergraduate class, COMM 397: New Media and Politics.

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