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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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Epilogue: (Re)Casting the Dark Side of Communication (Shawn D. Long)


Epilogue: (Re)Casting the Dark Side of Communication Shawn D. Long The dark side of communication exists in everyday life� We engage, interact, resist, highlight, downplay, thrive, survive, and are consistently baffled by the dark side of human communication interaction, regardless of contexts� Dark communication and behavior are not anomalies, but an integral part of the human condition� We are innately self-centered, self-focused, survivalist, and I- oriented� Thus, we must be taught, at an early age, to share, to be selfless, to listen, to wait our turn, and all of the other niceties that go along with existing in a “civilized” society� Socially manufac- tured or not, this is how American society has been shaped and created� The premise that there are dark sides of human communication existing within and across a variety of contexts is not a new idea� As the citations throughout this volume indicate, there are rich antecedents to this book that have ignited this conversation for some time, and our hope is that more attention to this intrigu- ing area of study will follow� As presented in this book, the dark side of human communication presents vexing problems and issues for individuals and organizations across a variety of spectrums� For good or for bad, the human condition is complex, and the chapters in this volume reflect the range of non-positive communication interactions that arise when humans engage with each other, organizations, and technology� This book focuses on five distinct, yet related, contexts: interpersonal, organizational, health, computer-mediated,...

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