The issue of federal “net neutrality” — requiring internet providers to allow high-speed access to all content, rather than favoring their own content — remains one of the most hotly debated questions in the world of communications policy. But what about those communities that are still struggling to gain access to the internet at all?
The USC Center of Public Diplomacy’s Jay Wang weighs in on how technology is changing the rules of policymaking.
Two years ago, Twitter wasn’t the primary place to read the official statements of the president of the United States — but with Donald Trump, it is.
I’m a gamer, but don’t quiz me on what year each World of Warcraft expansion came out when I tell you that I’ve played the game before. Don’t test me on which multipliers are most effective for demon hunter gear in Diablo 3 . Don’t tell me I’m not a real gamer if I can’t tell you which keyboard shortcut constructs additional pylons in Starcraft II (it’s E, by the way).
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5 Minutes with Eunjin Kim
Television advertising is constantly evolving to create connections with potential consumers. One recent trend has been away from the traditional second-person type of commercial, where the actors pitch directly to the viewer, toward a third-person approach, where the actors tell a story. What’s behind this trend toward more narrative advertising, does it work, and why?
The annual report from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reveals that little has changed for women in music and explores why that might be the case.
2018 saw an outcry from artists, executives and other music industry professionals over the lack of women in music. Has 2019 brought change? A new report provides an update on the status of women making popular songs, and the barriers facing female songwriters and producers.
A report released on Thursday by the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center Media Impact Project reveals that Americans seldom see mentions of Africa or Africans on popular television shows or in the news; and when they do, the portrayals are often negative and stereotyped.
Sheila Murphy, professor of communication, created a study to test ways to motivate women to get screening for cervical cancer. Trained in social psychology, Murphy specializes in identifying the individual, interpersonal, community, ethnic and cultural factors that shape people’s knowledge, attitudes and practices.
5 minutes with Christina Dunbar-Hester
For much of her academic career, Christina Dunbar-Hester has explored how ideas of diversity and identity manifest themselves in technological fields. Rather than larger firms, she has been particularly drawn to smaller communities and subcultures in tech. Her first book, Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest and Politics in FM Radio Activism, examines how activists helped convince the federal government to grant more broadcast licenses to small community radio stations.