Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Medical Blogosphere Article in Searcher

The May 2009 issue of Searcher contains a useful article on medical blogging, The Medical Blogosphere: How Social Networking Platforms Are Changing Medical Searching. The author, Stephanie Ardito, examines how social networking is impacting the way the media monitors medical news and evaluates how this change is affecting searching methods and search results. The article is not freely available online, but is available in the ASC Library. What is available without a subscription is the bibliography and useful list of links mentioned in the article, including several top medical blog ranking lists.

These URLs appear in the article:
by Stephanie C. Ardito
Ardito Information & Research, Inc.
Searcher, the Magazine for Database Professionals
Vol. 17, No. 5 • May 2009













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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Crime and Media Reference Set

Just in: a three-volume set from the Sage Library of Criminology, Crime and Media, edited by Yvonne Jewkes (2009, Annenber Ref). Includes important and influential work from contemporary and classic literature traversing media studies and criminology.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Media 'effects'
The Nature and Extent of the Panic H. Cantril
Transmission of Aggression through Imitation of Aggressive Models A. Bandura, D. Ross and S. A. Ross
Ten Things wrong with the "effects model" D. Gauntlett
The Inventory S. Cohen
Rethinking "Moral Panic" for Multi-Mediated Social Worlds A. McRobbie and S. Thornton
On the Concept of Moral Panic D. Garland
"Bringin' it all back home": Populism, media coverage and the dynamics of locality and globality in the politics of crime control R. Sparks
Part 2: Audiences, Punitiveness and Fear of Crime
The Function of Fiction for the Punitive Public A. King and S. Maruna
Red Tops, Populists and the Irresistible Rise of the Public Voice(s) M. Ryan
Ethnicity, Information Sources, and Fear of Crime J. Lane and J.W. Meeker
Public Sensibilities Towards Crime: Anxieties of affluence E. Girling, I. Loader and R. Sparks
Communicating the Terrorist Risk: Harnessing a culture of fear? G. Mythen and S. Walklate
How Media Has Changed Since "The Day That Changed Everything" D. Schechter
Part 3: Ownership and Control
Culture, Communications and Political Economy P. Golding and G. Murdock
Economic Conditions and Ideologies of Crime in the Media: A content analysis of crime news M. Hickman Barlow, D.E. Barlow and T.G. Chiricos
Media Control: The spectacular achievements of propaganda N. Chomsky
Watching what we Say: Global communication in a time of fear T. Magder
Market or Party Controls?: Chinese media in transition B.H. Winfield and Z. Peng
Guerrilla Tactics of Investigative Journalists in China J. Tong
Rise of New Media J. Curran
Penal Populism, the Media and Information Technology J. Pratt
Part 1: Crime News
What Makes Crime News? J. Katz
The Construction of Crime News Y. Jewkes
Black Sheep and Rotten Apples: The press and police deviance S. Chibnall
Crime as a Signal, Crime as a Memory M. Innes
In re the Legal System L.S. Chancer
Doing Newsmaking Criminology from within the Academy G. Barak
Part 2 Victims and Offenders
Framing Homicide Narratives in Newspapers: Mediated witness and the construction of virtual victimhood M. Peelo
Offending Media: The social construction of offenders, victims and the probation service Y. Jewkes
The Rise and Rise of Imputed Filth V. Alia and S. Bull
Crimewatch UK: Keeping women off the streets C.K. Weaver
Reporting Violence in the British print Media: Gendered stories B. Naylor
From Invisible to Incorrigible: The demonization of marginalized women and girls M. Chesney-Lind and M. Eliason
Part 3: Media Representations of the Criminal Justice System
The Entertainment Media and the Social Construction of Crime and Justice R. Surette
Trial by Fire: Media constructions of corporate deviance G. Cavender and A. Mulcahy
Policing and the Media R. Reiner
British Justice: Not suitable for public viewing? D. Stepniak
Inside the American Prison Film B. Jarvis
Television, Public Space and Prison Population: A commentary on Mauer and Simon T. Mathiesen
Part 1: Crime and the Surveillance Culture
Surveillance Studies: An Overview D. Lyon
Digital Rule: Punishment, control and technology R. Jones
The Surveillant Assemblage K.D. Haggerty and R.V. Ericson
What's New about the "new surveillance"? Classifying for Change and Continuity G.T. Marx
You'll never Walk Alone: CCTV surveillance, order and neo-liberal rule in Liverpool city centre R. Coleman and J. Sim
The Viewer Society: Michel Foucault's "Panopticon" revisited T. Mathiesen
Part 2: Crime, Deviance and the Internet
The Emerging Consensus on Criminal Conduct in Cyberspace M. Goodman and S. Brenner
Criminal Exploitation of Online Systems by Organised Crime Groups K-K. R. Choo and R. Smith
The problem of Stolen Identity and the Internet E. Finch
Approaching the Radical Other: The discursive culture of cyberhate S. Zickmund
The Nature of Child Pornography E. Quayle and M. Taylor
How Material are Cyberbodies? Broadband Internet and embodied subjectivity L. Gies
Part 3: Crime Control in a Global, Virtual and Mediatized World
Controlling Cyberspace? K.F. Aas
Cybercrimes and Cyberliberties: Surveillance, privacy and crime control M. Yar
Catching Cyber-criminals: Policing the Internet D. Wall
Why the Police don't Care about Cybercrime M. Goodman
The Problem of Child Pornography on the Internet: International responses Y. Jewkes and C. Andrews

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Communication and Mass Media Complete Comes to Penn

Communication and Mass Media Complete is the latest redwood to be added to our research environment, dense forest that it is. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study. CMMC offers cover-to-cover ("core") indexing and abstracts for more than 460 journals, and selected ("priority") coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 660 titles. The database includes full text for over 350 journals. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable cited references from their first issues to the present (dating as far back as 1915). Other notable features include a sophisticated Communication Thesaurus and comprehensive reference browsing (i.e. searchable cited references for peer-reviewed journals covered as "core"), author profiles (over 5,000 to date) providing biographical data and bibliographic information on the most prolific, most cited, and most frequently searched for authors in the database.

Penn still subscribes to that other great Communication database, Communication Abstracts, which sits on the CSA platform of many other social science databases that can be search simultaneously.

Both databases are available from the main webpage.


New Papers from the Shorenstein Center

Recent papers from The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy:

Sandra Nyaira, Mugabe's Media War: How New Media Help Zimbabwean Journalists Tell Their Story

Rory O'Connor, Word of Mouse: Credibility, Journalism and Emerging Social Media

Eric Pooley, How Much Would You Pay to Save the Planet? The American Press and the Economics of Climate Change

A full list of papers since 1989 can be searched at the site by author or date.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

New Reference Books at ASC Library

…And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for a New Administration, edited by Amit M. Schejter (Lexington Books, 2009). Sixteen leading communications policy scholars present a comprehensive telecommunications policy agenda for the new federal administration. HE7781 A75 2009 RES.

The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live, by Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman, and Anna Barford (Thames & Hudson, 2008). Fascinating visual mapping of consumption, production, resources and resource practices around the world; devotes a section to Communication and Media. G1021 D586 2008 REF

Freedom of the Press 2008, edited by Karin Deutsch Karklekar and Sarah G. Cook (Freedom House, 2009). Freedom House's annual roundup on how free speech is faring around the world. PN4736 F742 2009 REF

The Greenwood Library of American War Reporting, edited by David A. Copeland (Greenwood, 2005). Eight-volume primary source sampling of war reporting from The French and Indian War on up through the Iraq Wars and the War on Terror. D5 G84 2005 REF

The Handbook of Communication Science, 2nd edition, edited by Charles R. Berger, Michael E. Roloff, and David R. Roskos-Ewoldsen (Sage, 2010). An array of communication scholars explore and synthesize varying perspectives and approaches within the field of communication science. P90.H294 2009 REF

Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication, edited by Robert L. Heath and H. Dan O'Hair (Routledge, 2009). "Explores the scope and purpose of risk, and its counterpart, crisis, to facilitate the understanding of these issues from conceptual and strategic perspectives. Recognizing that risk is a central feature of our daily lives, found in relationships, organizations, governments, the environment, and a wide variety of interactions, contributors to this volume explore such questions as 'What is likely to happen, to whom, and with what consequences?' 'To what extent can science and vigilance prevent or mitigate negative outcomes?' and 'What obligation do some segments of local, national, and global populations have to help other segments manage risks?', shedding light on the issues in the quest for definitive answers." --publisher's website HD61H325 2009 REF

Historical Dictionary of Journalism, by Ross Eaman (Scarecrow, 2009). Iincludes an historical chronology, a lenghty essay on the history of the genre, and an extensive bibliograrphy in addition to dictionary entries on Journlism. PN 4728 E37 2009 REF

Who's Buying Entertainment, 5th edition (New Strategist, 2008). Demographic data on consumer spending.

Who's Buying Information and Consumer Electronics (New Strategist, 2008). Demographic data on consumer spending.

Monday, May 04, 2009

May CommQuote

This month's quote is a media-saturated passage from Roberto Bolano's The Savage Detectives. The liminal quality of the saturation is what's interesting. The speaker recalls a phone conversation she had with one of the novels' mysterious poet-protagonists, Arturo Belano. While on the phone with him she watches a movie on TV (the sound is off). She also refers to a novel lying on the table that she plans to turn to once she gets tired of the movie (when, not if). The passage ends with car sounds that she believes are coming from the phone but she's not sure if he's hung up or not; the sounds could be coming from her window.

Susana Puig, Calle Josep Tarradellas, Calella de Mar, Catalonia, June 1994. He called me. It had been a long time since I talked to him. He said you have to go to such and such a beach, on such and such a day, at such and such a time. What are you talking about? I said. You have to be there, you have to, he said. Are you crazy? Are you drunk? I said. Please, I’ll expect you there, he said, and he repeated the name of the beach and the date and the time. Can’t you come to my apartment? I said. We can talk here if that’s what you want. I don’t want to talk, he said, I don’t want to talk anymore, everything’s over, it’s pointless to talk, he said. I felt like hanging up, but I didn’t. I’d just had dinner and I was watching a movie on TV, it was a French movie, I can’t remember what it was called or who the director or the actors were, all I remember is that it was a singer, a sort of hysterical girl, I think, and a pathetic guy she inexplicably falls in love with. I had the volume turned down low, as usual, and while I was talking to him I didn’t take my eyes off the TV: rooms, windows, the faces of people whose presence in the movie didn’t quite make sense. The table was cleared and there was a book on the sofa, a novel I was planning to start that night when I got tired of the movie and went to bed. Will you come? He said. What for? I said, but I was really thinking about something else, about the singer’s stubbornness, about her tears, tears that flowed uncontainably, tears of hatred, although I don’t know whether that makes sense. It’s hard to cry with hatred, hard to hate someone so much it makes you sob. So you can see me, he said. For the last time, the last time, he insisted. Are you still there? I said. For a moment I thought he’d hung up. It wouldn’t be the first time. I was sure he was calling me form a public phone, I could imagine it perfectly, a telephone on the Paseo Maritimo of the town where he lived, what was just twenty minutes from my town by train and fifteen by car, why I started to think about distances that night I don’t know, but he couldn’t have hung up, I could hear the sound of cars, unless I hadn’t closed all the window and what I was hearing was noise from my own street.
--Roberto Bolano, The Savage Detectives

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Harry Potter Readers' View of the News Media?

Gee, I don't think I've ever wondered how reading Harry Potter affected childrens' perceptions of the news media, but some folks have in the Vol 10, Issue 01, Spring 2008 issue of American Communication Journal.
Harry Potter and Children’s Perceptions of the News Media, by Amanda Sturgill, Jessica Winney and Tina Libhart.
This framing study examines how author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of children’s books treats the news media and how that treatment could affect children. Researchers first studied quotes from the first six books regarding the media, and based on the overall categorization of those quotes, they determined the three main frames in which media is viewed: Government Control of Journalism, Misleading Journalism, and Unethical Means of Gathering Information. Based on these frames, researchers argue the Harry Potter series does not put the media in a positive light. Because of this, children could potentially perceive the news media in general as untrustworthy and controlled by the government. Given the prevalence of tabloid journalism and “entertainment” news, children’s understanding of true journalistic integrity, journalism as a career, and even positive social behaviors could be negatively affected due to this depiction, in light of the overwhelming popularity of the series.

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Transcripts for NPR and WHYY's Fresh Air

From LexisNexis Wiki several months back:

In the past, one would use the Burrelle's Transcripts source in LexisNexis Academic to find transcripts of Fresh Air. You may still use this source to find the archived episodes before October, 2008. However, after October 1, 2008, Fresh Air is now contained inside of the "National Public Radio (NPR)" source. To read transcripts of Fresh Air or transcripts of other NPR shows that were broadcast on or after October 1, 2008, use the "National Public Radio (NPR)" source to narrow your search.

Speaking of NPR, it started a new blog (it has many) in November of last year called As a Matter of Fact.

In its own words:

As A Matter of Fact is a blog by and for the audio-loving, fact-finding, truth-seeking, pop-culture-fiending, news-addicted librarians of the world. Of course, you don't need to be a librarian to read it. But we're pretty sure you may secretly want to be one after you do.

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