Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Mass Communication Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

32,569 Full-Text Articles 3,849 Authors 5,241,995 Downloads 213 Institutions

All Articles in Mass Communication

Faceted Search

32,569 full-text articles. Page 1 of 271.

The Curious Cases Of Cancel Culture, Loydie Solange Burmah 2021 California State University - San Bernardino

The Curious Cases Of Cancel Culture, Loydie Solange Burmah

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Cancel culture is a complex phenomenon that challenges our notions of civic practices, perpetuates surveillance practices amongst individuals who encourage digital public shaming and obscures communal ideas regarding accountability. Hence, it is imperative to complicate and nuance “cancel culture” to understand the different meanings derived from its diverse mechanizations. Other matrices such as power, platform governance, decoloniality, and more bolster ideas about the phenomenon’s extensive sociocultural reach. Using a critical digital ethnographic approach, I exemplify with the analysis two cancel culture cases uncovering themes such as selective cancelations, cancelation effectiveness, performative activism, performative wokeness, hypocrisy, victimization, and empathy. This ...


Mental Health Awareness Training Manual: For Faculty To Help Students, Ricardo Vega 2021 California State University - San Bernardino

Mental Health Awareness Training Manual: For Faculty To Help Students, Ricardo Vega

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Mental health issues and stigma can affect students in many ways. The teacher-student relationship can be affected by the fear and inconsistent thoughts to be successful in college settings caused by mental health issues. First-generation college students face mental health issues due to support, education degree expectations, inhibition of uncertainty, and resources (Pascarella et al., 2004). This project is about providing communication strategies for faculty to help reduce stigma and provide students with resources to support their mental health.


“Did That Just Happen?”: Influence Of Embodiment And Immersion On Character Identification In Virtual Reality Environments, Shane Burrell 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

“Did That Just Happen?”: Influence Of Embodiment And Immersion On Character Identification In Virtual Reality Environments, Shane Burrell

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to explore character identification in virtual reality (VR) in connection to embodiment and immersion. Using previous data gathered from a qualitative study investigating character roles and character identification, I conduct a mixed-method study (survey and qualitative data analysis) to operationalize the concepts of character identification, embodiment, and immersion, study their relationships, and investigate the mediating role of character identification. This study, is a step toward building and validating measurement scales for character identification, embodiment, and VR immersion, suggests future avenues for exploring how character identification shapes user experiences in VR.


Media And Social Media Best Practices For Feminist Activist Groups And Organizations, Arien Rozelle 2021 St. John Fisher College

Media And Social Media Best Practices For Feminist Activist Groups And Organizations, Arien Rozelle

The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal

Feminist organizations and activist groups from the Women’s Suffrage movement to the Women’s March have utilized media relations tactics and techniques to share organizational messages. Over time, the art of media relations has evolved from a tactical role to a strategic necessity, one that is vital to the success of any activist organization or group as they seek to inform, educate and/or persuade their intended audience through the use of media and social media.

This essay identifies best practices for feminist activist groups and organizations to help begin or improve their media relations efforts, ranging from initial ...


Bringing Digital Well-Being Into The Heart Of Digital Media Literacies, Julia Feerrar 2021 Virginia Tech, USA

Bringing Digital Well-Being Into The Heart Of Digital Media Literacies, Julia Feerrar

Journal of Media Literacy Education Pre-Prints

The complexities of our digital media landscape present challenges that often strain the physical, emotional, and social well-being of learners and educators alike. Given these challenges, this essay makes a case for incorporating digital well-being into digital and media literacy curricula and pedagogy. For the author, a focus on digital well-being, or the capacity to pursue health, safety, and happiness online, has sparked a shift in pedagogical values and goals. Following a discussion of the nature of digital well-being, the author charts this shift through an example lesson about online identity. Bringing digital well-being into the heart of digital media ...


What Are People Searching During The Pandemic? Exploring The Determinants Of Public Interest Through Google Searches, Justin Weng 2021 Louisiana State University

What Are People Searching During The Pandemic? Exploring The Determinants Of Public Interest Through Google Searches, Justin Weng

LSU Master's Theses

In 2020, COVID-19 became a serious health concern to people worldwide, regardless of their socioeconomic status, cultural characteristics, or political freedom. Even though this unprecedented crisis was the most impactful and dominant issue in 2020, COVID-19 was not the only issue that people were interested in. This study explored if and how national characteristics influenced global public interests during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Using popular online searches in 23 nations, this study categorized global public interests into two ways: COVID-19 related and non-COVID-19 related issues, with four and 13 sub-categories, respectively. Results showed that people in higher political freedom ...


Exploring New Literacies: A Case Study On Technology And Teacher Development In Cuban Primary Schools, Kate Maloney Williams 2021 University of Maryland, College Park

Exploring New Literacies: A Case Study On Technology And Teacher Development In Cuban Primary Schools, Kate Maloney Williams

Journal of Media Literacy Education Pre-Prints

Cuba has successfully eradicated traditional illiteracy -- boasting rates upwards of 99% of its population. However, as other societies have digitized and moved towards a globalized marketplace, U.S. sanctions have severely limited the import of new technologies into the country and classroom. In response, this case study sought to investigate the learning environments of Cuban primary schools to determine the breadth of a divide and the suitability for applying recommended frameworks to teaching. Observations of primary school classrooms and facilities provided insight, bolstered by semi-structured group interviews and surveys with teachers, teaching students, and education professors. Findings revealed a high-level ...


Complete Issue, Volume 4, Issue 2 (Special Issue On Covid-19), 2021 University of Central Florida

Complete Issue, Volume 4, Issue 2 (Special Issue On Covid-19)

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

This is the complete issue of JICRCR Volume 4, Issue 2. This is a special issue on Covid-19.


Why Swedes Don’T Wear Face Masks During The Pandemic – A Consequence Of Blindly Trusting The Government, Bengt Johansson, Jacob Sohlberg, Peter Esaiasson, Marina Ghersetti 2021 University of Gothenburg

Why Swedes Don’T Wear Face Masks During The Pandemic – A Consequence Of Blindly Trusting The Government, Bengt Johansson, Jacob Sohlberg, Peter Esaiasson, Marina Ghersetti

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

Government trust is generally helpful for societies, especially in crisis situations, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, because governments rely on citizens to follow directives. Worldwide, with supporting evidence accumulating, a key directive has been to wear face masks. However, in Sweden, the government has questioned their usefulness. On other behavioral recommendations, such as handwashing, the government has taken a conventional path. We rely on this non-recommendation of face masks to examine the causal impact of government trust on behavior. Based on a large Swedish survey fielded during the pandemic, we find that higher government trust reduces the likelihood of ...


Identifying The Public’S Psychological Concerns In Response To Covid-19 Risk Messages In Singapore, Xingyu Ken Chen, Anais Ang, Jing Yi Lee, Jason Wong, Loo Seng Neo, Gabriel Ong, Majeed Khader 2021 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Identifying The Public’S Psychological Concerns In Response To Covid-19 Risk Messages In Singapore, Xingyu Ken Chen, Anais Ang, Jing Yi Lee, Jason Wong, Loo Seng Neo, Gabriel Ong, Majeed Khader

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

Understanding the social-psychological processes that characterize communities’ reactions to a pandemic is the first step toward formulating risk communications that can lead to better health outcomes. This study examines comments on Facebook pages of five Singapore media outlets to understand what topics are being discussed by the public in reaction to the implemented precautionary measures in Singapore so as to infer their psychological concerns. Using Anchored Correlation Explanation as a topic modelling technique, this study examines around 10,000 comments and identifies 21 topics that are discussed. The 21 topics were categorized and organized into seven broad themes of psychological ...


Public Ethos In The Pandemic Rhetorical Situation: Strategies For Building Trust In Authorities' Risk Communication, Truls Strand Offerdal, Sine Nørholm Just, Øyvind Ihlen 2021 University of Oslo

Public Ethos In The Pandemic Rhetorical Situation: Strategies For Building Trust In Authorities' Risk Communication, Truls Strand Offerdal, Sine Nørholm Just, Øyvind Ihlen

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

As illustrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, risk and crisis communication are crucial responsibilities of modern governments. Existing research on risk and crisis communication points to the importance of trust, both as a resource in and an end goal of communicative activities. In this paper, we argue that revisiting the classical rhetorical concept of ethos in combination with the modern concept of the rhetorical situation can contribute to fitting responses in risk and crisis communication. The paper examines how appeals to ethos may build trust in health authorities’ public communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through interviews and participant observation in public ...


So Ordered: A Textual Analysis Of United States’ Governors’ Press Release Responses To The Covid-19 Pandemic, Taylor S. Voges, Matthew T. Binford 2021 University of Georgia

So Ordered: A Textual Analysis Of United States’ Governors’ Press Release Responses To The Covid-19 Pandemic, Taylor S. Voges, Matthew T. Binford

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique environment from which each individual state, in the United States, has been forced to address their publics. In order to understand how each state has engaged with this pandemic, a textual analysis of each state’s governor’s first press release was conducted; five thematic trends were identified. Through use of the social trust approach to risk communication and the contingency theory of strategic conflict management (using external threat variables), the implications of these press releases are discussed.


Special Issue Editor’S Essay: Advancing Public Health Crisis And Risk Theory And Practice Via Innovative And Inclusive Research On Covid-19 Communication, Yan Jin, Sung In Choi, Audra Diers-Lawson 2021 University of Georgia

Special Issue Editor’S Essay: Advancing Public Health Crisis And Risk Theory And Practice Via Innovative And Inclusive Research On Covid-19 Communication, Yan Jin, Sung In Choi, Audra Diers-Lawson

Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research

For more than a year the world has tried to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This special issue of the Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research (JICRCR) provides an expert evaluation of how different countries have responded to this global threat. As the pandemic has fundamentally affected most of our lives in a multitude of ways, lessons learned and insights gained from innovative and inclusive research have also advanced theory and practice in public health crisis and risk communication.


The Guardian, Week Of July 5, 2021, Wright State Student Body 2021 Wright State University

The Guardian, Week Of July 5, 2021, Wright State Student Body

The Guardian Student Newspaper

News articles from The Guardian for the week of July 5, 2021. The Guardian is the official student-run newspaper for Wright State University. It has been published regularly since March of 1965.


Post-Gender Performance In Billie's "Project Body Hair", Kelsey Dux 2021 SUNY Geneseo

Post-Gender Performance In Billie's "Project Body Hair", Kelsey Dux

McNair Scholars Program

As the first shaving company to show women's body hair, Billie appears to be challenging traditional binary gender norms in advertising with a new mode called "post-gender advertising." Analyzing Billie’s 2018 ad "Project Body Hair," I argue that traditional/binary gender performances compete with post-gender/nonbinary performances, reinforcing essential femininity norms while appearing to resist them.


Measuring Fake News Acumen Using A News Media Literacy Instrument, Tyler W. S. Nagel 2021 The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

Measuring Fake News Acumen Using A News Media Literacy Instrument, Tyler W. S. Nagel

Journal of Media Literacy Education Pre-Prints

News media literacy education is gaining increased attention in the age of fake news and post-truth America. However, as with any pedagogical goal, it is important to be able to evaluate the success of the delivery. In a survey built on existing news literacy frameworks (Maksl et al., 2015), 1476 students at a large Canadian polytechnic answered questions about their own news literacy, fake news acumen, and news consumption habits. Analysis of the data suggests that conscientious fake-news attitudes and behaviors are correlated with an existing news media literacy scale, providing a method of evaluating the success of fake news ...


De/Constructing Literacies: Considerations For Engagement - Book Review, Serene Arena 2021 University of Rhode Island

De/Constructing Literacies: Considerations For Engagement - Book Review, Serene Arena

Journal of Media Literacy Education Pre-Prints

No abstract provided.


Framing Of Female Leading Roles In Drama Series On Video Streaming Platforms, Manatalah Soliman 2021 American University in Cairo

Framing Of Female Leading Roles In Drama Series On Video Streaming Platforms, Manatalah Soliman

Theses and Dissertations

This comparative study examines the female-centered drama series aired on VOD services from three different genres. While several studies have established the stereotypical representation of women in the drama series, most research has focused on individual countries. The significance of this study relies upon the fact that the series is from VOD services, notably Netflix and Shahid VIP. The study bridges a gap in the literature by adopting a comparative perspective to analyze gender portrayals from six drama series, three from each country, from three genres. The contemporary drama genre included Valeria from Spain and Leh Laa?! Why Not?! from ...


The Guardian, Week Of June 28, 2021, Wright State Student Body 2021 Wright State University

The Guardian, Week Of June 28, 2021, Wright State Student Body

The Guardian Student Newspaper

News articles from The Guardian for the week of June 28, 2021. The Guardian is the official student-run newspaper for Wright State University. It has been published regularly since March of 1965.


A Remote Environment’S Effect On The News Consumption Of College Students, Amelia R. Webb 2021 Portland State University

A Remote Environment’S Effect On The News Consumption Of College Students, Amelia R. Webb

Anthós

This study investigates how PSU Honor Students' news interactions have changed with the shift to a remote environment. After conducting four interviews, it found that students' news exposure increased in a remote environment. This change caused students to be more aware of the news's mental health impacts, and they adjusted their news interactions accordingly.


Digital Commons powered by bepress