I wanted to share some of the Communication Currents articles that I have completed in the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy learning about recent research in Communication!
Social Media may offer a Remedy to Hollywood’s Whitewashing Problem (August 29, 2019)
This Communication Currents is about whitewashing in Hollywood, which is when a white actor is cast in a role that was written as race-neutral or as a person of color. The authors argue that social media might be able to encourage white people to see movies with a predominantly minority cast. It’s a really good read about why the economic logic behind whitewashing doesn’t hold up.
For People Living “Overdraft to Overdraft,” Social Support Can Make a Difference (September 9, 2019)
This Communication Currents deals with the important issue of providing social support (e.g. comforting people, financial support, etc.) to people who are financially precarious. Social support can help people make better decisions and avoid bad decisions. The summary includes some personal experiences people shared during a focus group.
Skeptics in the Court: The Use of Rhetorical Skepticism to Protect Abortion Rights (September 23, 2019)
This Communication Currents focuses on how Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor used rhetorical skepticism during a 2016 abortion case. The essay describes how this skepticism brought women’s lived experiences into the courtroom.
Is “A Cake Just a Cake?” The Commitment to LGTBQIA+ Equality in the Marketplace (September 30, 2019)
This Communication Currents addresses the conflict between equality and freedom when business owners use claims of religious freedom to impede an open marketplace, thus nullifying claims to equal citizenship for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The article focuses on media coverage of a prominent case in Oregon concerning a cake for a same-sex wedding. Media coverage of the case contributes to how the public understands the legal balance between freedom and equality.