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The Implications Of Viral Media & Advocacy: Kony 2012, Cassandra Bopp Dec 2012

The Implications Of Viral Media & Advocacy: Kony 2012, Cassandra Bopp

Honors Projects in Communication

This research paper analyzes the video “Kony 2012” as an example of advocacy film making and viral media. By analyzing critical sources, I draw conclusions as to why this video became the most viral video of all time and how other advocacy groups can use this phenomenon to learn about viral advocacy media. Using data from LexisNexis Academic, I track the popularity of “Kony 2012” via different forms of media (blogs, news articles, etc.) and compare my data to prior research conducted on social media sites. Ultimately, I will find that several key characteristics can be pinpointed as the primary ...


Black Students' Classroom Silence In Predominantly White Institutions Of Higher Education, Mahajoy A. Laufer Dec 2012

Black Students' Classroom Silence In Predominantly White Institutions Of Higher Education, Mahajoy A. Laufer

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This qualitative study explored Black students' silence in classrooms at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) of higher education in the northeast United States. Fifteen student interviews revealed that teaching material centered on European-American culture and history influenced their silence. Participants perceived devaluing of people of color in course material and perceived that professors used and allowed racist language and opinions to pervade the classroom. Students negotiated the tension of having discordant views from the mainstream and at times, between other students of the same racial and cultural group. They often elected to speak out against perceived discrimination and remained silent in ...


Is The Daily Show Bad For Democracy? An Analysis Of Cynicism And Its Significance, Evan Bartlett Dec 2012

Is The Daily Show Bad For Democracy? An Analysis Of Cynicism And Its Significance, Evan Bartlett

Honors Projects in History and Social Sciences

In recent years, satirical news programs like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart have emerged as an important development in contemporary American society, culture, and politics. Critics have argued that The Daily Show has a negative impact on the political attitudes of American citizens by making them cynical about government and the political process as a whole. As a result of these attitudes, they argue, citizens are less apt to participate in politics and, in turn, this behavior is detrimental to American democracy. The purpose of this research project is to explore the debate over whether or not The Daily ...


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 12 - Dec 6, 2012 Dec 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 12 - Dec 6, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 12 - December 6, 2012. 32 pages.


Moving Toward Leadership: A Case Study Of Latina Adolescents And Effective Communication, Isela Estrada Dec 2012

Moving Toward Leadership: A Case Study Of Latina Adolescents And Effective Communication, Isela Estrada

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

The problem addressed in this study is the need for Latina adolescents to develop effective communication and leadership skills that will support their success in U.S. culture and society. This thesis is a case study of two Mexican-American adolescents who participated in a twelve-session leadership program at a dance studio. The goal of the study was to test the effectiveness of Rena Kornblum’s (2002) Disarming the Playground curriculum as a social skills program to improve leadership, effective communication skills, and group cohesion. This study included video footage of the adolescents engaging in movement-based role-play scenarios, which was examined ...


California High Speed Rail - The Broken Tracks Of Communication, Nathalie Nguyen Dec 2012

California High Speed Rail - The Broken Tracks Of Communication, Nathalie Nguyen

Master's Projects and Capstones

Proposition 1A, “Safe, Reliable, High –Speed Passenger Train Bond Act” was passed on November 8, 2008. Fifty-two percent of Californians voted to issue $10 billion in bonds to fund the clean, efficient, and safe high-speed train service, which is known today as the California High Speed Rail system (CHSR). The rail system will provide a mass transit system up and down the state of California if constructed, planned, and funded successfully.

This paper analyzes the City and County of Merced’s approach to planning for this highspeed rail while engaging in public discussion with the California High Speed Rail Authorities ...


Multimodal Fathering: How Divorced Nonresidential Fathers Enact Their Identities With Their Children, Curtis Bricker Livesay Dec 2012

Multimodal Fathering: How Divorced Nonresidential Fathers Enact Their Identities With Their Children, Curtis Bricker Livesay

Theses and Dissertations

This mixed-methods dissertation study examined how divorced, nonresidential fathers enact their identities as fathers with their nonresidential children via various communication modalities through the lens of Hecht's (1993) Communication Theory of Identity. After a pilot study, data was collected in two phases. In Phase I, fathers responded to an online survey. The results of this phase were analyzed using SPSS. The results indicated that, although there was a large degree of variability in these fathers' use of various modes of communication, several men utilized multiple modalities to interact with their nonresidential children. The results of Phase I also call ...


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 11 - Nov 29, 2012 Nov 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 11 - Nov 29, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 11 - November 29, 2012. 28 pages.


Decision Making Concerning The Acquisition And Use Of Information And Communication Technology (Ict) In Medical Practices, Robert Macgregor, Peter Hyland, Charles Harvie Nov 2012

Decision Making Concerning The Acquisition And Use Of Information And Communication Technology (Ict) In Medical Practices, Robert Macgregor, Peter Hyland, Charles Harvie

Associate Professor Peter Hyland

A number of studies both within medical practices as well as the wider small business sector suggest that gender plays a role in both decision-making and the running of the business. Yet despite these apparent differences, the role of gender in the adoption of ICT in medical practices has remained largely ignored. This paper presents a study of 196 GPs (128 males, 68 females) who have adopted ICT in their practice. The results of this study show that the perception of drivers of ICT adoption and use in medical practices appear to differ depending on the gender of the GP ...


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 10 - Nov 15, 2012 Nov 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 10 - Nov 15, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 10 - November 15, 2012. 28 pages.


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 9 - Nov 8, 2012 Nov 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 9 - Nov 8, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 9 - November 8, 2012. 24 pages.


Can Volunteer Counsellors Help Prevent Psychological Trauma? A Preliminary Communication On Volunteers Skills Using The 'Orienting Approach' To Trauma, Mitchell Byrne, Frank Deane, Andrew Phipps Nov 2012

Can Volunteer Counsellors Help Prevent Psychological Trauma? A Preliminary Communication On Volunteers Skills Using The 'Orienting Approach' To Trauma, Mitchell Byrne, Frank Deane, Andrew Phipps

Mitchell K Byrne

The capacity of 73 volunteer telephone counsellors to administer a brief and early intervention for secondary trauma was assessed. The counsellors participated in a 1-day training programme in the ‘Orienting Approach’ to Trauma Counselling (Phipps & Byrne, 2003). Volunteer counsellors showed significant improvements in both knowledge and skills from pre- to post-training. The potential benefits of this intervention to the community and professional health services are discussed.


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 8 - Nov 1, 2012 Nov 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 8 - Nov 1, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 8 - November 1, 2012. 24 pages.


Yes, But What Is It That You Do?, Amanda Rinehart Oct 2012

Yes, But What Is It That You Do?, Amanda Rinehart

Faculty and Staff Publications – Milner Library

Despite carefully crafted job descriptions, e-science or data librarians find that there is little consensus on position responsibilities and required competencies. Consequently, these librarians tend to customize their positions around what their clientele require. Indeed, data “Curation Service Models [are] driven by user requirements”. Therefore, it’s not just about the data – it’s about the people. Specifically, it’s about the different cultures of user groups and librarians and how to communicate effectively across these groups. The “elevator speech” for a scientist might be quite different from the one for your librarian colleague. It’s no wonder that a ...


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 7 - Oct 25, 2012 Oct 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 7 - Oct 25, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 7 - October 25, 2012. 32 pages.


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 6 - Oct 18, 2012 Oct 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 6 - Oct 18, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 6 - October 18, 2012. 28 pages.


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 5 - Oct 4, 2012 Oct 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 5 - Oct 4, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 5 - October 4, 2012. 28 pages.


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 4 - Sep 27, 2012 Sep 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 4 - Sep 27, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 4 - September 27, 2012. 28 pages.


Transnational Social-Change Network Learning. Introduction: Shared Responsibility, Collective Reflection. Boston–Haifa Learning Exchange Network, Donna Haig Friedman Sep 2012

Transnational Social-Change Network Learning. Introduction: Shared Responsibility, Collective Reflection. Boston–Haifa Learning Exchange Network, Donna Haig Friedman

Donna Haig Friedman

This LEN project has emerged as both experiential and active. The in-person learning exchange seminars, which since the project’s inception have been taking place once a year in Haifa, Israel, and once a year in Boston, Massachusetts, were planned and facilitated jointly by the NGO partners as well as by outside trainers. Dedicated staff time and collaborative, generous attitudes on the part of planners in both cities have been essential for power sharing, efficiency, and thoroughness in the planning processes. Preparation has been extensive, requiring the core planning team, a Haifa–Boston mix, to use conference calls and e-mail ...


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 3 - Sep 20, 2012 Sep 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 3 - Sep 20, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 3 - September 20, 2012. 29 pages.


Slides: Multi-Dimensional Energy Poverty Index (Mepi), Morgan Bazilian Sep 2012

Slides: Multi-Dimensional Energy Poverty Index (Mepi), Morgan Bazilian

2012 Energy Justice Conference and Technology Exposition (September 17-18)

Presenter: Dr. Morgan Bazilian, Deputy Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

8 slides


The Effects Of Structure, Communication And Trust Between Marketing And R&D During New Product Development, Elias Kyriazis, Graham Massey Sep 2012

The Effects Of Structure, Communication And Trust Between Marketing And R&D During New Product Development, Elias Kyriazis, Graham Massey

Elias Kyriazis

The ability to effectively manage cross-functional working relationships (CFRs) during innovation is a key success factor in developing successful new products. However, empirical evidence suggests that CFRs during new product development are often problematic, resulting in extremely poor relations between managers, and the development of unsuccessful new products. This paper adds to our existing knowledge on the Marketing/R&D CFR by examining the effects of structural factors, communication behaviours, and interpersonal trust on the dependent variable perceived relationship effectiveness. Our findings reveal that trust has potent positive, direct effects on this CFR. Further, bidirectional communication and quality of communication ...


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 2 - Sep 13, 2012 Sep 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 2 - Sep 13, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 2 - September 13, 2012. 24 pages.


Through A Feminist Lens: Language, Power And Identity In Catalan Nationalism, Christine Gallagher Kearney Sep 2012

Through A Feminist Lens: Language, Power And Identity In Catalan Nationalism, Christine Gallagher Kearney

College of Communication Master of Arts Theses

The goal for my master’s thesis is to understand how the working class women of Catalunya (specifically women that lived in the small farming villages in the region of Les Garrigues),contributed to the survival of Catalan. Catalunya is an autonomous region of Spain that endured more than three decades of the Francisco Franco dictatorship (1934-1975) that attempted to eradicate the Catalan language and culture. As stated by Everly (2003): “[…] the regional exile of Catalunya from the rest of Spain acts as a backdrop provoking women to go a step further and experiment with their own sense of gender ...


The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 1 - Sep 6, 2012 Sep 2012

The Cowl - Vol Lxxvii - No. 1 - Sep 6, 2012

The Cowl

The Cowl - student newspaper of Providence College. Vol LXXVII - No. 1 - September 6, 2012. 28 pages.


Cultural Differences And Switching Of In-Group Sharing Behavior Between An American (Facebook) And A Chinese (Renren) Social Networking Site, Lin Qiu, Han Lin, Angela K. Y. Leung Aug 2012

Cultural Differences And Switching Of In-Group Sharing Behavior Between An American (Facebook) And A Chinese (Renren) Social Networking Site, Lin Qiu, Han Lin, Angela K. Y. Leung

Ka Yee Angela LEUNG

Prior research has documented cultural dimensions that broadly characterize between-culture variations in Western and East Asian societies and that bicultural individuals can flexibly change their behaviors in response to different cultural contexts. In this article, we studied cultural differences and behavioral switching in the context of the fast emerging, naturally occurring online social networking, using both self-report measures and content analyses of online activities on two highly popular platforms, Facebook and Renren (the “Facebook of China”). Results showed that while Renren and Facebook are two technically similar platforms, the Renren culture is perceived as more collectivistic than the Facebook culture ...


Discursive Games And Gamic Discourses, Gerald Voorhees Aug 2012

Discursive Games And Gamic Discourses, Gerald Voorhees

communication +1

Digital games are an increasingly prominent media form but are consistently ignored in critical communication scholarship. Several voices in the field of game studies have advocated the application of communication and rhetorical theory to the study of games, but this effort to cross-pollinate game studies and communication studies has not been reciprocated. This article addresses this lacunae, making the case for critical studies of communication to take up the study of digital games. I argue that digital games are both ready objects of inquiry well-suited for rhetorical methods and generative sites with the potential to stimulate thinking about communication processes ...


Communication And Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities And Challenges For The 21st Century, David J. Gunkel Aug 2012

Communication And Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities And Challenges For The 21st Century, David J. Gunkel

communication +1

This essay advocates for a significant reorientation and reconceptualization of communication studies in order to accommodate the opportunities and challenges introduced by increasingly intelligent machines, autonomous decision making systems, and smart devices. Historically the discipline of communication has accommodated new technology by transforming these innovations into a medium of human interaction and message exchange. With the computer, this transaction is particularly evident with the development of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in the later half of the 20th century. In CMC, the computer is understood and investigated as a more-or-less neutral channel of message transfer and instrument of human interaction. This ...


A Theory Of Happiness-Wealth Relationship With Status-Sensitive Communication, Amnon Levy Aug 2012

A Theory Of Happiness-Wealth Relationship With Status-Sensitive Communication, Amnon Levy

Amnon Livermore

Personal happiness might not solely depend on the individual's level of wealth but also on the individual's level of sincere social capital. This paper argues that if sincere interpersonal communication is sensitive to economic status disparities, the accumulation of personal wealth beyond the community's average erodes the individual's sincere social capital. A measure of sincere social capital that is based on such sensitivity is constructed. Its consideration leads to the depiction of the individual's happiness-wealth relationship as an inverted U-shaped curve that peaks at personal wealth that is greater than the community mean.


A Comparison Of Lmx, Communication, And Demographic Differences In Remote And Co-Located Supervisor-Subordinate Dyads, Larisa Niedle Aug 2012

A Comparison Of Lmx, Communication, And Demographic Differences In Remote And Co-Located Supervisor-Subordinate Dyads, Larisa Niedle

College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

The objectives of this research were to examine the growing organizational trends of distributed work, reliance on various media for communication, and increased diversity in the workforce. Napier and Ferris' (1993) theory of distance, which includes structural, functional, and psychological distance, served as a framework for much of this research. Leader-Member Exchange theory (LMX), which Napier and Ferris (1993) translated into the functional distance component of their theory, was used to inform hypotheses on supervisor-subordinate relationships and performance ratings. Communication theories of media richness and social presence were used as a basis for the hypotheses involving communication. Finally, the similarity-attraction ...