How do you create the change you want to see in the world? Released today, Professor Damon Centola’s newest book, Change: How to Make Big Things Happen (Little, Brown & Co., 2021), aims to answer that question by drawing on his research rooted in the fields of sociology and communication.
Communication technologies, including the internet, social media, and countless online applications, have created the infrastructure through which many of our interactions take place today. This form of networked communication opens new questions about how we establish relationships, engage in public, build a sense of identity, and delimit the private domain.
In this Q&A, Professor Victor Pickard answers a few questions about the topics covered in his new book Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society, including the collapse of the journalism industry, rampant misinformation, and what the future of media might look like.
Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s book Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press) won the R.R. Hawkins Award, the “ultimate winner” of the 2019 PROSE Awards competition held by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
The publishers’ group announced the 2019 awards today, at its Professional and Scholarly Publishing Conference in Washington, D.C. The Hawkins Award, the publishers’ top prize, was created in 1976 and recognizes “outstanding scholarly works in all disciplines of the arts and sciences.”
The question of how Donald Trump won the 2016 election looms over his presidency. Were the 78,000 voters who gave him an Electoral College victory affected by the Russian trolls and hackers? Trump has denied it, and so, too, has Vladimir Putin. Others cast the answer as unknowable.
In the new book “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President – What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know,” from Oxford University Press, Kathleen Hall Jamieson concludes it is likely that Russian help was crucial to Trump’s win.
There’s no question that Communication scholar Larry Gross is one of the greats in his field. In the 1970s and 80s, he was co-Principal Investigator for the groundbreaking Cultural Indicators Project, led by former Annenberg Dean George Gerbner. He has authored or edited 10 books, including Up from Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America (Columbia University Press 2001), which is considered a seminal work in the field of LGBTQ studies. He has served in editorial capacities for 19 journals.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s new book, Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know, is the focus of an eight-page article in the New Yorker. The book focuses on whether Russian meddling had a decisive impact in the 2016 election.
It was on The Howdy Doody Show in 1947 that Buffalo Bob first asked children, “Say, kids, what time is it?” What time? It was, as Annenberg alumna Jo Holz (Ph.D. '81) writes in a new book, America’s time as a superpower with a booming post-war economy. But more specifically for the children in earshot of the question, it was their time, time to watch TV, and they knew exactly what to shout in reply: “It’s Howdy Doody time!”
David Zarefsky, a longtime scholar of rhetoric and oratory at Northwestern University, has been named a visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center for the spring 2018 term.