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Edited by Alison Wilde and Murray Simpson

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Fake News

Real Issues in Modern Communication

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Edited by Russell Chun and Susan J. Drucker

In this dizzying post-truth, post-fact, fake news era, the onslaught and speed of potentially untrue, incorrect or fabricated information (some crafted and weaponized, some carelessly shared), can cause a loss of our intellectual bearings. If we fail to have a common truthful basis for discussions of opinion and policy, the integrity of our democracy is at risk.

This up-to-date anthology is designed to provide a survey of technological, ethical, and legal issues raised by falsehoods, particularly social media misinformation. The volume explores visual and data dissemination, business practices, international perspectives and case studies. With misinformation and misleading information being propagated using a variety of media such as memes, data, charts, photos, tweets, posts, and articles, an understanding of the theory, mechanisms, and changing communication landscape is essential to move in the right direction with academic, industry, and government initiatives to inoculate ourselves from the dangers of fake news. The book takes an international and multidisciplinary approach with contributions from media studies, journalism, computer science, the law, and communication, making it distinct among books on fake news.

This book is essential for graduate or undergraduate students in courses dealing with fake news and communication studies. Relevant courses include media studies, journalism, public relations, media ethics, media law, social media, First Amendment law, philosophy, and political science.

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City Places, Country Spaces

Rhetorical Explorations of the Urban/Rural Divide

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Edited by Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Ashli Quesinberry Stokes

Regional differences matter. Even in an increasingly globalized world, rhetorical attention to regionalism yields very different understandings of geographic areas and the people who inhabit them. Regional identities often become most apparent in the differences (real and perceived) between urban and rural areas. Politicians recognize the perceived differences and develop messages based on that knowledge. Media highlight and exacerbate the differences to drive ratings. Cultural markers (from memorials to restaurants and memoirs and beyond) point to the differences and even help to construct those divisions. The places identified as urban and rural even visually demarcate the differences at times. This volume explores how rhetoric surrounding the urban and rural binary helps shape our understanding of those regions and the people who reside there. Chapters from award-winning rhetorical scholars explain the implications of viewing the regions as distinct and divided, exploring how they influence our understanding of ourselves and others, politics and race, culture, space and place, and more. Attention to urban and rural spaces is necessary because those spaces both act rhetorically and are also created through rhetoric. In a time when thoughtful attention to regional division has become more critical than ever, this book is required reading to help think through and successfully engage the urban/rural divide.

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Corporate Communication

Transformation of Strategy and Practice

Michael B. Goodman and Peter B. Hirsch

Corporate Communication: Transformation of Strategy and Practice takes advantage of the responses of Chief Communication Officers to the CCI Corporate Communication Practices and Trends Studies from 1999 to 2019 to explore the impact of these developmental phases:

  • The Internet and Corporate Websites;
  • Social Media in and out of Corporate Communication;
  • and Business Digitization.

The aim of this exploration is to focus our understanding of the foundation on which the profession of corporate communication was established, and to provide the context to analyze corporate communication practices from the initial uses of the Internet by corporations to the contemporary fragmented media environment.

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The Doctor Still Knows Best

How Medical Culture Is Still Marked by Paternalism

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Janet Farrell Leontiou

The Doctor Still Knows Best explores an answer to the question: how can medical culture still be marked by paternalism despite the focused attempts by the medical community to put doctor and patient on more equal footing? The recent push within medicine has been on shared decision-making, truth-telling by the doctor, and creating a medical culture that is patient-centered. The author has discovered that, in practice, medicine tells a very different story.

Since entering the medical world twenty years ago seeking treatment for infertility through IVF, subsequently seeking treatments for her disabled son through the present day, Janet Farrell Leontiou has continually encountered a medical culture where she is not treated as an equal. As a professor of communication, the author has developed an ear for language and is able to deconstruct the ways in which communication choices create a patriarchal medical culture. Dr. Farrell Leontiou also understands how no communication can create a culture without her participation. She, therefore, invites the reader to recognize how we can endorse and recreate a culture that does not serve our interests. Through an examination of her own experience, the book offers insight on how medical paternalism has survived for as long as it has and argues that it never serves the best interest of the patient.

The book provides the reader, medical student and/or health communication student with a fresh way of thinking about how communicative choices create culture.

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Edited by Zbigniew Oniszczuk, Dagmara Głuszek-Szafraniec and Mirosława Wielopolska-Szymura

This book is the fruit of scientific research conducted using quantitative and qualitative methods regarding the mutual relations between the media elites and the political elites in Poland. The authors of this work focus on several virtuous aspects of this issue: on the characteristic model of opinion-forming journalism, also on the differences presented by female and male journalists in the assessment of the relations between politicians and journalists, as well as on the differences between local and national level of mass media in terms of external and internal autonomy of journalists, next on the importance of opinion-forming media in the process of creating a sense of political subjectivity in their recipients, and finally on the phenomenon of politicization of cultural issues in opinion-forming weeklies in Poland.

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Health News and Responsibility

How Frames Create Blame

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Lesa Hatley Major and Stacie Meihaus Jankowski

Who the public blames for health problems determines who the public believes is responsible for solving those health problems. Health policies targeting the broader public are the most effective way to improve health. The research approach described in this book will increase public support for critical health policies. The authors systematically organized and analyzed 25 years of thematic and episodic framing research in health news to create an approach to reframe responsibility in health news in order to gain public support for health policies. They apply their method to two of the top health issues in world—obesity and mental health—and conclude by discussing future research and plans for working with other health scholars, health practitioners, and journalists.

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Hip Hop Harem

Women, Rap and Representation in the Middle East

Angela Williams

Although hip hop culture has widely been acknowledged as a global cultural movement, little attention has been given to women’s participation in hip hop culture in various parts of the world or how this participation interacts with and impacts the lives of other women. Hip Hop Harem is the first book solely dedicated to female rap artists in the Middle East and North Africa region. Throughout the book, Angela Williams, explores the work of seven prominent rappers from the region.  Through the  lens of hip hop feminism, she seeks to express how the artists’ work affects female audience members who relate to themes of self-determination and liberation within their own lives. The popular imagery of harem is flipped, turned on its head in likely hip hop fashion, as the artists speak back to voices of male dominance and a power structure that has sought to define them and the region.
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Inside the Upheaval of Journalism

Reporters Look Back on 50 Years of Covering the News

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Edited by Ted Gest and Dotty Brown

In the spring of 1969, 101 students received master’s degrees from Columbia University’s prestigious School of Journalism, where they had learned the trade as it was then practiced. Most hoped to start a career in newspapers, radio, television or magazines, the established forms of journalism of that era. Little did they realize how the news world they were entering would be upended by the internet and by the social forces that would sweep through the country over the next 50 years.

This book tells the story of the news media revolution through the eyes of those in the Class of 1969 who lived it and helped make it happen. It is an insider’s look at the reshaping of the Fourth Estate and the information Americans now get and don’t get—crucial aspects of the vibrancy of democracy.

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Edited by Hélène Fleckinger, Kira Kitsopanidou and Sébastien Layerle

La « révolution » du numérique, entamée au tournant des années 2000, a entraîné dans un tourbillon de transformations l’ensemble de la filière cinématographique, de la création à la diffusion. L’ampleur des mutations engendrées (disparition d’acteurs des industries techniques, destruction massive d’emplois et de savoir-faire, redéfinition des contours de métiers anciens et apparition de nouveaux) a sensibilisé une partie de la communauté scientifique. Des projets nationaux et internationaux d’envergure ont vu le jour, avec le souci de cartographier les changements et surtout de préserver des connaissances et des compétences menacées de disparition. À l’heure où ces projets de recherche semblent se multiplier, cet ouvrage collectif, tiré d’un colloque universitaire, propose de se concentrer sur des questionnements d’ordre méthodologique : comment aborder les changements intervenus dans la filière cinématographique ? à partir de quelles sources, avec quels outils et selon quelles approches ? quels problèmes méthodologiques la recherche sur les métiers et les techniques du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel soulève-t-elle ? Autant de questions traitées dans ces pages, à partir de contributions d’une jeune génération de chercheurs dont les travaux, parmi les plus novateurs, incarnent aujourd’hui une dynamique significative au sein des études cinématographiques et audiovisuelles. S’il y a urgence à étudier un monde qui semble disparaître et se transformer sous nos yeux, il est tout aussi urgent de s’attarder sur les modalités de la recherche, sur les outils méthodologiques et les sources à disposition.