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Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication


Edited By Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty and Shawn D. Long

Research on the dark side of communication has typically been studied from a single standpoint confined to a specific context. As an intradisciplinary project, this volume transcends the traditional unilateral perspective and focuses on a wide range of communication topics across a variety of contexts. From interpersonal communication, organizational communication, computer-mediated communication, and health communication, the book presents a collection of essays that merges theory with practical application.
Chapter contributors write candidly and unapologetically about how they and various populations under investigation mitigate a wealth of dark side behaviors spanning sexualization, cyberstalking, bereavement, and various illnesses.
The different perspectives offer a lens through which students and academics can enhance their understanding of how dark side behaviors are experienced and communicated. They enlighten our understanding of the dark side of human communication, initiate thought-provoking conversations, and inspire future studies that will advance the limitless inquisitions of contextual dark side research.


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Context 1: The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication


The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication Context One Unlimited: Ostracism’s Potential to Awaken Us to Possibility and Mystery One Katie M. Striley I grew up in a school that said if I can’t succeed in the system that’s laid out for me, then my life will be unremarkable.…I was taught to believe in limitations, that I must color inside the lines, that I must connect the dots in numerical order. And that’s fine—if all you want is a picture of an octopus. But if you want a picture of an octopus that wears a human for a backpack so it can walk around on land and pro- test seafood restaurants, you’re gonna have to go about things a little differently.…We live in a constantly changing world, and in that world systems break because they are rigid and unbending. If we spend our lives trying to adjust to something broken, we break ourselves in the process. —Shane Koyczan (2014) Humans are limited only by our imaginations; anything in the world could be otherwise if we can envision it� However, many of us exist in limiting social systems� Often, we face social conse- quences for rebelling against limitations social actors place on us� For example, adolescents quickly learn they must look and act certain ways, or else they will experience peer rejection� Ostracism and social rejection are tools of limitation� Adolescents are bombarded with limiting messages: You can’t. You shouldn’t. You mustn’t. Or, you will face exile. However, some...

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