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- Thanks to @Ivuoma for joining us at @NewhouseSU today to talk about Psychology, Social Media, and Social Justice! youtube.com/watch?v=tQZp9f… 2 days ago
- Loving my #RA, #TimiKomo rocking the fashion and the importance of fashion at @TedX at @SyracuseU! http://t.co/xvmZxLvFaR 2 weeks ago
- Why #TV? Thanks to Neil Wade for his answer @NewhouseSU! @oddparents @FamilyGuyonFOX @DoraTheExplorer charisselpree.com/2014/03/25/nei… 3 weeks ago
- Prepping for "Looking Back Moving Forward: 50th Anniversary [of] Civil Rights Movement" this weekend! @SUCollegeofLaw syr.edu/coldcaselaw/co… 1 month ago
- @chrislhayes The feeling is mutual! Discussing using Twilight of the Elites in Race Class Gender & Media w/@anniecosborne @NewhouseSU. 1 month ago
Neil Wade, Production Coordinator on The Fairly OddParents joined my class to talk about his experiences in television. He has also worked as a Production Assistant at Family Guy and as an intern on Dora the Explorer. Neil graduated with a degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and talks about his transition to television as he chased a passion for animation.
Unfortunately, the interview is cut short due to technical difficulties. So I suppose we will just have to bring him back in the fall!
I flew from JFK to LAX this week and, instead of doing work, decided to watch movies that were available for free in my Delta In-Flight Entertainment. I watched the new Riddick (2013) starring Vin Diesel, and Pain and Gain (2013) starring (Marky) Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson. Both action movies were expletive ridden, and rife with all the trappings of hegemonic masculinity, including objectification of women, rape jokes, and homophobia; Pain and Gain even featured a graphic strip club scene with bare breasts, thongs, and simulated sex. Although somewhat offensive, it was not unexpected.
What was unexpected was the unnecessary censorship in first scene of Lee Daniels’ The Butler. After a young slave master rapes a slave woman, her husband stands up to the rapist and is shot in the head in front of his 10-year-old son. As the boy cries over his dead father, the woman of the house played by Vanessa Redgrave takes pity on the boy and tells him, “I’m going to teach you how to be a house…”
Your emotions are not wrong. Your emotions are valid, important, and essential to who you are. However, because women are stereotyped as unable to manage their emotional excesses (the word “hysteria” is derived from the Greek for uterus), you must find a way to express your emotions in a manner that is not emotional.
My advice to a young female journalist who interviewed me for her HS newspaper about HBO’s Girls, MTV’s Girl Code, and the current state of feminism among young women as it is represented in media. When the interview was over, she asked me to give my own bit of “girl code.”
Health communication and the digital divide: The role of display resolution on eHealth intervention effectiveness.
Advances in new media have drastically altered health communication (Cassell, Jackson, & Cheuvront, 1998; Abroms, Schaivo, & Lefebvre, 2008), but the effectiveness of eHealth interventions may depend upon platform and hardware access (Bennett & Glasgow, 2009). The current research investigates how display resolution predicts the effectiveness of an immersive, interactive intervention designed to increase condom use among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM); this virtual hookup was designed to replicate real world sexual encounters, during which they received messages modeling safe sex strategies. Participants (N = 268), aged 18-24, reported the frequency of unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) in the 3 months prior to the intervention and in the 3 months following. After controlling for age, education, and city size, regression analyses reveal that screen pixels significantly predicted a reduction in UAI after engaging with the intervention (ß = -2.252, ∆R2 = .126, p < .001); greater resolution resulted in a more effective intervention. Immersion and presence and their role as mediators of persuasion and behavior change will be discussed. Zickuhr & Smith (2012) have demonstrated that increases in mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, laptops) minimize the digital divide, but this increase is accompanied by a decrease in desktop computer use, thus affecting engagement with immersive content. The current research suggests that the psychological effectiveness of immersive technology, including eHealth interventions, depends on the hardware through which it is accessed. Unfortunately, the digital divide may continue to replicate traditional differences in health care despite increased connectivity and increased access.
Corsbie-Massay, C.L., Christensen, J.L., Godoy, C., Miller, L.C., Appleby, P.R., & Read, S.J. (May 2014). Health communication and the digital divide: The role of display resolution on eHealth intervention effectiveness. Presented at International Communication Association Preconference: Digital Divide Research. Seattle, WA.
See you in Seattle!
I can choose from 56 genders on Facebook, but I still can’t choose to identify my race. As America diversifies gender identity options and moves away from the associated binary, we are still expected to be silent on race. Why is self-identity acceptable for one social category and not for another?
In my opinion, transcending social categories (e.g., race, gender, nationality), can only come from an awareness and acknowledgment that different people identify differently and it is these differences that define any superordinate identity. Although it is disingenuous to say or think that these categories are the same, their function in self-categorization and identity are similar, and they are similarly affected by robust discussion. However, time and time again we see that gender and race are treated differently. When describing another person, mentioning their gender is the default and does not indicate sexism, but mentioning their race automatically indicates racism. It is socially acceptable to say that men and women are different, but it is not OK to say that different races are different. When politically correct individuals talk about the “human race,” it is a call for an eradication of racial and ethnic differences, but not the eradication of gender differences.