Annenberg School for Communication

Founded in 1959 through the generosity and vision of diplomat and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, The Annenberg School for Communication stands at the forefront of education, research, and policy studies on the processes, nature, and consequences of existing and emerging media. The School offers students a firm grounding in a wide range of approaches to the study of communication and its methods, drawn from both the humanities and the social sciences. Home to a wide range of centers and projects, including the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, the Center for Global Communication Studies, the Scholars Program in Culture & Communication, the Institute for Public Service, and others, research at Annenberg encompasses political communication, global communication, health communication, visual communication, cultural studies, children and media, as well as new media and information technologies, with interests extending beyond the classroom. For decades, research conducted by faculty and students at the Annenberg School has influenced public discussion of the role of the media in shaping the perceptions of the viewing public.

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    Embracing the Written Word
    (1981) Marvin, Carolyn
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    A New Scholarly Dispensation for Civil Religion
    (2002-01-01) Marvin, Carolyn
    Rod Hart's rhetorical notion of civic piety is hard pressed to explain what makes U.S. civil religion so compelling that citizen believers will offer their lives to it on a well-defined ritual occasions. I propose that U.S. patriotism is a full-blown religion defined, like all religions, by a transcendent god of principle with the authority to deal life and death to its own believers. The nation as the transcendent god principle that demands the sacrificial offering of believers' lives s the basis of patriotism. It follows that patriotic rhetoric alone without citizen obligation and commitment to the act of bodily sacrifice would be indistinguishable from advertising. I discuss the relationship of civil religion to antecedent religious traditions and, what seems at first glance to be an anomaly, why the sacred status of U.S. nationalism is regularly concealed or denied in official and unofficial rhetoric.
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    To Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Revisiting Civil Religion
    (1996-10-01) Marvin, Carolyn; Ingle, David W
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    Fresh Blood, Public Meat: Ritual of Totem Regeneration in the 1992 Presidential Race
    (1994-06-01) Marvin, Carolyn
    An election campaign serves ritual functions for the American political system, beyond its manifest functions of determining which persons and interests will govern the country. The campaign ritual is analyzed in terms of Durkheim’s concept of the totem, including its regeneration and sacrifice. The dirty campaign is a sacrificial feast that establishes conditions for a proper mating between the candidate and the electorate. Voters declare their fidelity to the totem victor and receive a sacrificial promise in return.
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    Your Smart Phones Are Hot Pockets to Us: Context Collapse in a Mobilized Age
    (2013-01-01) Marvin, Carolyn
    A key guarantor of social trust and a necessary feature of democratic societies is a stable sense of social distance. Social distance is the cultural imaginary within which an individual’s coordinates of social status and contingent social location allow or inhibit contact with similarly and dissimilarly located others. The rearrangement of customary social distances by new communication technologies is a source of considerable social anxiety. In mobile communication, this context collapse is instigated by a distinctive combination of affordances: deep connectivity, the accelerated speed and volume of communicative exchange, enhanced social legibility and asymmetric communicative transparency. Robust and effective levels of social trust depend on a political will to build strong democratic accountability and civil rights guarantees into emerging mobile architectures. Identifying specific recalibrations of familiar social distances by regimes of mobile communication and assessing the effects of these recalibrations in democratic terms is a central task of mobile research.
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    What Kind of Journalism Does the Public Need?
    (2005-05-26) Marvin, Carolyn; Meyer, Philip
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    Peaceable Kingdoms and Information Technology
    (2004-05-17) Marvin, Carolyn