Social Influnce Special Retrospective Issue

The journal Social Influence has put out a special online edition in honor of this election season featuring a selection of articles from previous issues exploring the psychological processes at work in a variety of aspects of individual and social persuasion “focusing on the many ways in which our political outlooks and decisions can be deliberately shaped.” Penn doesn’t currently subscribe to this journal but we will beginning 2013. In the meantime, you can email me if you want to get your hands on any of these articles–if my promotional link is still working I can share; if not there is always our trusty InterLibrary Loan.

Presidential Election Online Special Issue
When My Country Is at War: Issue Importance & Interpersonal Influence Lead Iraq War Attitudes to Cluster within Social Networks by Jerry G. Cullum, Bradley M. Okdie, Helen C. Harton (Vol. 6:4, 2011, 231-248).

Attitudes to Cluster within Social Networks
by Jerry G. Cullum, Bradley M. Okdie & Helen C. Harton (Vol. 6:4, 2011, 231-248).

Motives for Social Influence after Social Change: Are New Majorities Power Hungry? by P. Niels Christensen, Radmila Prislin, Elizabeth Jacobs (Vol. 4:3, 2009, 200-215).

How “Undocumented Workers” & “Illegal Aliens” Affect Prejudice toward Mexican Immigrants by Matthew R. Pearson M.S. (Vol. 5:2, 2010, 118-132).

Status Quo Framing Increases Support for Torture by Christian S. Crandall, Scott Eidelman, Linda J. Skitka, G. Scott Morgan (Vol. 4:1, 2009, 1-10).

Right-wing Face, Left-wing Faces: The Matching Effect in the Realm of Political Persuasion by Nicoletta Cavazza, Anna Rita Graziani, Alessandra Serpe, Sandro Rubichi (Vol. 5:1, 2010, 1-22)

The Persuasiveness of the Straw Man Rhetorical Technique by George Y. Bizer, Shirel M. Kozak, Leigh Ann Holterman (Vol. 4:3, 2009, 216-230).

Boasting, Burnishing & Burying in the Eyes of the Perceivers by Nurit Tal-Or (Vol. 3:3, 2008, 202-222).

Why I Am Less Persuaded Than You: Intuitive Understanding of the Psychology of Persuasion by Karen M. Douglas, Robbie M. Sutton, Sofia Stathi (Vol. 5:2, 2010, 133-148).

Aspen Report on Networks and Citizenship

Networks and Citizenship: Using Technology for Civic Innovation, a Report of the 2011 Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS) was published this past spring. Written by Jeffrey Abramson, the Report details the use of ICT’s to enhance the public sphere whether in providing information or connecting citizen with government and global networks. The 48 page report can be found here.

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year

Political junkies can kick back in the Annenberg Library Reading Room with BEST EDITORIAL CARTOONS OF THE YEAR, either the most recent edition (2011) or older ones going back to 1977. The series, showcasing humorous and/or thought-provoking cartoons of the day from US newspapers, is edited by Charles Brooks, past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and long-time cartoonist for Birmingham News. Each volume features award winning cartoons from the past year and an additional sampling of work by leading editorial cartoonists chosen for general excellence. Selections include both left and right leaning perspectives and together do a good job of recapturing the political and satirical flavor of history, as recent as 2010. Pictured here is one of my favorites in the 2011 edition appeared in The State Journal-Register July 11, 2010. It’s by Chris Britt.

The call number for the series is: REF E 839.5 B45 but it’s not where it’s supposed to be. I have the volumes on a special in shelf in the magazine reading area to show them off. If you’re confused just ask!

Two New Reference Books on Social Movement Media, Political Communication

Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media, edited by John D. H. Downing (Sage, 2010). A one-volume encyclopedia featuring over 250 essays on the role of media in social movements in the 20th and 21st centuries. “Thematic essays address selected issues such as human rights media, indigenous peoples’ media, and environmentalist media, and on key concepts widely used in the field such as alternative media, citizens’ media, and community media. The encyclopedia engages with all communication media: broadcasting, print, cinema, the Internet, popular song, street theater, graffiti, and dance” (publisher’s website).

Key themes include: Cinema, Television, and Video; Cultural Contestations; Feminist Media; Gay and Lesbian Media; Human Rights Media; Independence Movement Media; Indigenous Peoples’ Media; Information Policy Activism; Internet;Labor Media; News; Performance Art Media; Popular Song; Press; Radio; and Regions.


Sourcebook for Political Communication Research:Methods, Measures, and Analytical Techniques, by Erik P. Bucy, R. Lance Holbert (Routledge, 2010).


“…covers the major analytical techniques used in political communication research, including surveys, experiments, content analysis, discourse analysis (focus groups and textual analysis), network and deliberation analysis, comparative study designs, statistical analysis, and measurement issues. It also includes such innovations as the use of advanced statistical techniques, and addresses digital media as a means through which to disseminate as well as study political communication. It considers the use of methods adapted from other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, and neuroscience.” –Publisher’s website

Look for the chapter co-authored by Kathleen Hall Jamieson with Kate Kenski (ASC alum ’06) and Jeffrey Gottfried (ASC PhD candidate) titled: The Rolling Cross-Section: Design and Utility for Political Research.

Both these title can be found at in ASC Reference.

The Rothenberg Political Report

For all you political junkies out there, Penn Libraries now subscribes to THE ROTHENBERG POLITICAL REPORT, a non-partisan newsletter covering U.S. House, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns, Presidential politics, and political developments. Some of the pieces that appear in the Report are reprinted from Roll Call, where the Report’s editor and publisher, Stuart Rothenberg, is a twice-a-week columnist. Rothenberg is an academic (holds a Ph.D. in political science, has taught) but these days is one of the most respected political analysts/observers on the Washington scene. From his bio: “A frequent soundbite, Mr. Rothenberg has appeared on Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation, The NewsHour, Nightline and many other television programs. He is often quoted in the nation’s major media, and his op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers.” The Rothenberg Report’s archive on the site goes back to 2005.

Top books on the First Amendment

In the latest American Journalism (Winter, 2010), David W. Bulla reviews his choices for the best books on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. You can read his annotations for each book in the article itself which can be found in Communications & Mass Media Complete (enter from Library webpage) or in paper in the Annenberg Library.

Titles that make his list of twelve:


The Idea of a Free Press: The Enlightenment and Its Unruly Legacy by David Copeland

Living the Bill of Rights: How to Be an Authentic American by Nat Hentoff

The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War by Frank L. Klement Emergence of Free Press by Leonard W. Levy

The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Freedom’s Champion: Elijah Lovejoy by Paul Simon

War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power by Jeffrey A. Smith

Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. Stone

Free Speech, the People’s Darling Privilege: Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History by Michael Kent Curtis

The Free and Open Press: The Founding of American Democratic Press Liberty, 1640-1800 by Robert W. T. Martin

Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years by David M. Rabbin

Freedom of the Press in England 1476-1776: The Rise and Decline of Government Control by Fredrick S. Siebert.

C-SPAN Video Library

Last week C-SPAN announced the completion of its the C-SPAN Video Library, a freely available Internet resource featuring every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, totaling over 160,000 hours. The Archives records all three C-SPAN networks seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Programs are extensively indexed making the database of C-SPAN programming an unparalleled chronological resource. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text. The video collection can be searched through the online Video Library.

These archives cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations. Though C-Span was established in 1979, recordings from the early years are spotty. But according to a recent New York Times article, C-SPAN has about 10,000 hours of tapes from before 1987 and plans to reformat them for the Web are already in motion.

Needless to say, this is an awesome historical resource and on top of that, the site is advertisement free.

Report on the Media and the Immigration Debate

This is not a new report, folks (sorry), but it’s still well within the statute of limitations for importance. The Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies program teamed up with the Norman Lear Center at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California to investigate the role of the media (mostly television news, newspapers, and blogs) in the ofttimes incendiary issue of immigration. They published their findings in a 2008 83-page report which is divided into two parts. The first and largest part is devoted to a content analysis of media coverage of immigration since 1980 with greater emphasis on recent years. The second section is composed of two essays, one focusing on coverage for one year (2007), the other on the role of public opinion in the debate. The Report does not hold out much hope for the media playing a role in resolving the crisis which, though the message is bad, is at least honest.

Report on the Media and the Immigration Debate is freely available in PDF.

Article Feature: Shoe Throwing as Political Protest

From the latest Media, War & Conflict ( August 2009; Vol. 2, No. 2).

The art of shoe-throwing: shoes as a symbol of protest and popular imagination

Yasmin Ibrahim

University of Brighton, UK,

The art of shoe-throwing has captured popular imagination andis here to stay as a form of popular political protest. In arecent incident, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao became a near-victimof a notorious flying shoe during his visit to London in February2009. Shoe-throwing has become a celebrated art form ever sincean Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at then US President GeorgeW. Bush, eternally sealing Bush’s last presidential momentswith the iconic image of the shoe. Popular acts of communicationand protests enter new forms of relationships with audiencesand global spectators beyond the political context and the shoe-throwingincident is no exception. It has been consummately appropriatedinto popular culture and entertainment in the multimedia platformsof the internet, transforming political images and politicalprotests into voyeuristic entertainment for the masses.


Obama Speeches

A free, fully searchable collection of Barack Obama speeches is available from askSam eBooks & Databases. To date there are 225 speeches going back to October 2002 when the then Senator of Illinois spoke against the war in Iraq. The latest available speech posted is the one he delivered in Cairo on June 4, 2009. You can also find other freely searchable speeches, debates and addresses, along with items such as the 9-11 Commission Report. There are a few ads on the site but the searchable texts are clean and easy to navigate.