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Philosophies of Communication

Implications for Everyday Experience

Melissa Cook and Annette M. Holba

The essays in this volume consider, in multiple ways, how philosophies of communication and communication ethics can shape and enhance human communication. Collectively, this book provides a philosophical and pragmatic orientation to issues that involve interpersonal and organizational communicative contexts from marketplace, political, and feminist perspectives. Chapters explore public attacks of schadenfreude, political communication, communication in pedagogical settings, intercultural perspectives of narrative and memory in communicative engagement, ethical public relations practices, narrative ethics and the feminist voice, the ethics of care, and the rhetorical consciousness of marketing.
Philosophies of Communication invites students to develop or improve the critical thinking skills that in turn help them negotiate deeper philosophical and ethical significances within their everyday communicative encounters.
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Ronald C. Arnett and Annette M. Holba

Winner of the Everett Lee Hunt Award 2013.
Winner of the National Communication Association (NCA) Philosophy of Communication Division’s award for Best Book.


An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning explores a world beyond information accumulation, stressing meaningful engagement with existence. Meaning is composed between and among persons, ideas, and activities of communicative engagement. Meaning is central to the study and practice of philosophy of communication, providing story-laden guidance.
The book examines philosophical differences between Boss and Zorba, following the development of their friendship in Zorba the Greek. Their story helps to exemplify the meaningful coordinates of philosophy of communication established in each chapter. The authors claim meaning as the pivotal conceptual terrain for philosophy of communication. This book offers a rationale for the pragmatic necessity of philosophy of communication in understanding the «how» and the «why» of orchestrating meaning from information and discourse throughout our communicative lives.
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Kylo-Patrick R. Hart and Annette M. Holba

Responding to a plethora of media representing end times, this anthology of essays examines pop culture’s fascination with end of the world or apocalyptic narratives. Essays discuss films and made-for-television movies – including Deep Impact, The Core, and The Day After Tomorrow – that feature primarily [hu]man-made catastrophes or natural catastrophes. These representations complement the large amount of mediated literature and films on religious perspectives of the apocalypse, the Left Behind series, and other films/books that deal with prophecy from the Book of Revelation in the Bible. This book will be useful in upper-level undergraduate/graduate courses addressing mass media, film and television studies, popular culture, rhetorical criticism, and special/advanced topics. In addition, the book will be of interest to scholars and students in disciplines including anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, and religious studies.
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Edited by Ronald C. Arnett, Annette M. Holba and Susan Mancino

An Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics: Goods in Contention complements existing communication ethics scholarship with an examination of 103 scholars who explicitly and implicitly contributed to our understanding of this crucial subject matter. The purpose of this collection is to give an overview of key figures whose work assists our understanding of the development and influence of communication ethics. We selected voices on communication ethics after considering an individual author’s contribution to the following coordinates: (1) dialectical and dialogical engagement with other scholars and perspectives; (2) the performative praxis of ethics in the interplay of theory and the public domain; and (3) examination of the connection between history and questions with a constitutive ethical theory offering a connecting response. Dialogical and dialectical engagement, performative praxis of ethics, and the intimate relationship between historical moments and ethical reflection provide a background for understanding author selection for this volume.

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Redesigning Higher Education

A Small New England Public University Changes Higher Education

Donald L. Birx, Annette M. Holba and Patricia T. Bahr

Redesigning Higher Education: A Small New England Public University Changes Higher Education tells the story of how Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), a small New England public university, is changing the face and future of higher education for the 21st century. This is the Plymouth Experiment. The authors highlight ongoing change and transformation at Plymouth State University during challenging demographic and financial times in higher education. With many institutions merging or closing across the nation, Plymouth State University’s fifteenth president brought a vision for organizational transformation grounded in holistic integration with student-centered decision-making. The transformation began with reorganizing twenty-four academic departments and three colleges into seven Integrated Clusters of discipline-based communities. Redesigning Higher Education uses a storytelling narrative approach to provide a practical application of the radical changes meant to transform the higher education experience.