Essays and Applications
In the following chapters, contributors build upon what both parties already know. Writing in a highly accessible yet compelling style, contributors explain communication theories by applying them to «artifacts» of popular culture. These «artifacts» include Lady Gaga, Pixar films, The Hunger Games, hip hop, Breaking Bad, and zombies, among others. Using this book, students will become familiar with key theories in communication while developing creative and critical thinking. By experiencing familiar popular culture artifacts through the lens of critical and interpretive theories, a new generation of communication professionals and scholars will hone their skills of observation and interpretation – pointing not just toward better communication production, but better social understanding.
Professors will especially enjoy the opportunities for discussion this book provides, both through the essays and the «dialogue boxes» where college students provide responses to authors’ ideas.
Introduction: Editor’s Note
Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Theories, Artifacts, and Texts
Why do we study theory? There are many reasons. If you remember the “scientific method” from high school, you know that traditional theories start out with a hypothesis, and are tested through repeated experiments. If consistent results appear and prove the hypothesis, then you have a theory.
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