Member News – December 2017
Book Release November 30, 2017
Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination
By Kevin Howley (Peter Lang, 2018)
Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination starts with a basic premise: technology shapes and is shaped by the stories we tell about it. Stories about drones – at once anxious and hopeful, fearful and awe-inspired – are emblematic of the profound ambivalence that frequently accompanies the introduction of new technologies. Through critical analysis of a variety of cultural forms – from newspaper headlines, nightly newscasts, and documentary films to advertising, entertainment media, and graphic arts — this book demonstrates the prevalence of drones in global battlefields and domestic airspace, public discourse and the popular imagination. Written in a lively, engaging and accessible style, Kevin Howley argues that media discourse plays a decisive role in shaping these new technologies, understanding their application in various spheres of human activity, and integrating them into everyday life. Doing so, Howley highlights the relationship between discursive and material practice in the social construction of technology.
Kevin Howley is Professor of Media Studies at DePauw University. His work has appeared in the Journal of Radio Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Social Movement Studies and Television and New Media. He is author of Community Media: People, Places, and Communication Technologies (2005), and editor of Understanding Community Media (2010) and Media Interventions (2013).
Introduction: “Don’t Call Them Drones”
1. Technological Dreams and Killing Machines, or Drones and The Sublime
Part II Domesticating Drones
4. Unmanned: Drones for Fun and Profit
5. Eye in the Sky: Regimes of Surveillance
6. Reporting the Drone Wars
8. Mr. Al-Muslimi Goes to Washington
9. Distributed Intimacies: Robotic Warfare and Drone Whistleblowers
10. Direct Action and Media Activism
11. “I Have a Drone”: Internet Memes and Digital Dissent
12. Think Locally, Bomb Globally: Satirizing Drones
Conclusion: Twenty-First Century Empire and Communication
“Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination is a timely publication that will contribute significant and even urgent perspectives to the burgeoning literature on drones. Locating itself at the intersection where scholarship from media, communication and technology studies enter into a productive interdisciplinary conversation, it is indispensable for its critical attention to a broad field of cultural expressions, demonstrating how media discourse not only shapes our understanding and application of drone technology, but also its very production.”
– Øyvind Vågnes, University of Bergen
“Kevin Howley has put together an impressive chronicle of what the media talks about when it talks about drones. This book will no doubt serve as a key resource for anybody hoping to better understand the complex and shifting dynamics of prevailing public sentiment about US military drone use.”
– Arthur Holland Michel, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, Bard College
Available in paperback, hardback and eBook editions at Peter Lang and wherever fine books are sold.
New Book: Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender
I’m very proud to announce the publication of my recent book by Lexington Books, “Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender”, which examines how Twitter serves as the intersection between popular culture and social identity.
Twitter has become a space where ordinary citizens and world-leaders alike share their thoughts and ideas. As a result, some argue Twitter has leveled the playing field, while others reject this view as too optimistic. This has led to an ongoing debate about the platform’s democratizing potential and whether activity on Twitter engenders change or merely magnifies existing voices. Constructing Digital Cultures explores these issues and more through an in-depth examination of how Twitter users collaborate to create cultural understandings. Looking closely at how user-generated narratives renegotiate dominant ideas about gender and race, this volume provides insight into the nature of digital culture produced on Twitter and the platform’s potential as a virtual public sphere. Constructing Digital Cultures investigates arenas of discussion often seen on Twitter—from entertainment and popular culture to politics, social justice issues, and advertising—and looks into how members of ethnic minority groups use and relate to the platform. Through an in-depth examination of individual expressions, the different kinds of dialogue that characterize the platform, and various ways in which people connect, Constructing Digital Cultures provides a critical, empirically based consideration of Twitter’s potential as an inclusive, egalitarian public sphere for the modern age.
Scripts and Communication for Relationships, Second Edition by James M. Honeycutt and Pavica Sheldon; Peter Lang Publishers
Chapter 1. The Pursuit of Intimacy and Relational Scripts
Chapter 2. Emotion and Cognition about Relationships
Chapter 3. Generating and Maintaining Relationships through Imagined Interactions
Chapter 4. Physiology and Relationships
Chapter 5. Schemata, Scenes, and Scripts for Relationships
Chapter 6. Development of Relationships: Stage Theories and Relational script Theory
Chapter 7. Scripts for Romantic Development and Decline
Chapter 8. Semantics of Break-ups
Chapter 9. Online Communication and Relational Scripts
Chapter 10. Scripts for Office Romance: Approved or Forbidden?
Chapter 11. Dysfunctional Scripts for Abusive Relationships
Chapter 12. The Dark Side of Social Media Communication
Chapter 13. Scripts for Constructive Communication
This book discusses the basis of relationship scripts, emotions, imagery, and physiology of relationships including romance, friendship, work associates, mentors, and social media friends. We argue that people’s expectations for relational development influence their communication, faith, and commitment in relationships. Misconstruing sexual or flirtatious intent, for example, is derived from having different scripts about attraction. We discuss abusive relationships including social media influences on relationships as well as abuse, stalking, verbal and physical aggression.
This book is designed for classes in psychology, communication, sociology, family studies, and social work. It provides a comprehensive overview of how scripts and communication are used in relationships.
“The chapter on imagined interactions and relationships is enticing for those interested in cognition and imagery in terms of the mental creation and sustenance of relationships. The author and subject indices are very comprehensive.” Robert Kunzendorf, U of Massachusetts, Department of Psychology
“The second edition of this book is outstanding and contains new studies in the physiology of relationships, cognitive script violations, and reviews of online relationships. The chapter on the dark side of social media is especially enticing with explanations of personality influences on cyberstalking. This is so vital given the bullying due to tweeting.“ Philipp Rauschnabel, U of Michigan, Department of Marketing
“The discussion of cognitive script violations is pertinent to understanding sexual harassment and conflict from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.” Cesare Cornoldi, Uof Padova, Department of Psychology