Communication, Media & Politics in a Risk Society

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Short Analysis Paper 1: (Re)Framing the Obesity Debate

Short Analysis Paper 1: (Re)Framing the Obesity Debate

The following is the first short paper topic for COMM 3201 Health Communication. Choose one of the following questions to answer, actively drawing on the assigned readings and discussion in class. 1. What do we mean when scholars describe obesity as a wicked social problem? Explain the role that framing and metaphors play relative to...
Climate Advocacy in the Obama Years: Sept 25 Lecture @ Boston University

Climate Advocacy in the Obama Years: Sept 25 Lecture @ Boston University

On September 25 at Boston University, as part of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-sponsored series organized by BU climate researcher David Marchant, I will be giving the following lecture, drawing on insights from two forthcoming papers. Below are details on the talk followed by references and links to the papers. Climate Advocacy in the Obama...
Climate of Extremes, Part Two: Dialogue -- Not Diatribes -- Needed for Bi-Partisan Action

Climate of Extremes, Part Two: Dialogue — Not Diatribes — Needed for Bi-Partisan Action

At The Public Square, I have two articles up adapted from a forthcoming paper evaluating recent shifts in U.S. climate advocacy. Below is a brief summary of the second article followed by a reference and link to the paper. In recent years, the left, lead by billionaire Tom Steyer, has begun to copy the strategies pioneered...
Climate of Extremes, Part One: How Polarizing Global Warming Strategies Backfire

Climate of Extremes, Part One: How Polarizing Global Warming Strategies Backfire

At The Public Square, I have two articles up adapted from a forthcoming paper evaluating recent shifts in U.S. climate advocacy. Below is a brief summary of the article followed by a reference and link to the paper. Following the death of cap-and-trade, environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Bill McKibben’s 350.org have engaged...
Making Social Science Relevant: Engaging Students Via Contentious Social Problems

Making Social Science Relevant: Engaging Students Via Contentious Social Problems

Over the past decade, among the most frequently voiced criticisms of higher education is that universities are not adequately preparing students to be successful professionals, engaged citizens, and/or informed consumers of information. The social sciences and the humanities are among the most vulnerable to these charges; as fields like communication, sociology, and political science are...