Posts Tagged with “Stanley Baran”

Communication prof discusses the impact of vitriol in campaign advertising

March 7th, 2012

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. –  On Super Tuesday 2012, Bryant University's Paul DeWolf sat down with Communication Prof. Stanley Baran (left), one of the country's leading experts on mass communication theory, to talk about campaign advertising.

In this podcast (9:40), Baran offers his views about the proliferation of vitriolic campaign ads, how such ads set the agenda for media, and how damaging such ads are to effective democracy.

Baran is the author of one of America's best-selling introductory mass communication texts, Introduction to Mass Communication: Media Literacy and Culture, and the country's top advanced mass communication theories book, Mass Communication Theory: Foundations, Ferment, and Future.

R.I. unions get their own voice on the radio

January 17th, 2011

Stanley Baran, professor of communication, offers his perspective on a new weekly radio show that puts the spotlight on the good works performed by union members in Rhode Island.

 "Unions and labor are absolutely, completely and totally absent from modern contemporary media in America," Baran tells the Providence Business News. "If there is no other outlet and he [host John Tassoni Jr., a R.I. state senator] puts on a reasonable product," the show probably will succeed, he said.

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Op-ed: Words Have Consequences

January 10th, 2011

"Along with a loss of respectful dialogue online and over the airwaves, America seems to have lost a national sense of dignity," Stanley Baran, professor of communication, writes in this op-ed in the wake of the Arizona shootings.

"From the way we watch insults fly on 'reality' TV shows to the disrespectful and sometimes hurtful way people speak to each other at public meetings, sporting events and over the airwaves, this loss has changed the way we treat each other. ... It has clearly altered the manner in which our political and community leaders interact, but, perhaps less obviously, it has also affected way we view and feel about ourselves, our neighbors and our children," he writes.


From video powerhouse to has-been: Blockbuster bankruptcy filing caps decade-long downfall

September 23rd, 2010

In an interview with the Associated Press, Professor of Communication Stanley Baran discusses some of the reasons behind Blockbuster's filing for bankruptcy. "It was the big kid on the block ... and other competitors were nimble," Baran said.

 The AP story ran in newspapers throughout the country.

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Does media violence inspire real violence?

December 11th, 2009

Stanley Baran, professor of communication, recently joined Albert Bandura, professor of psychology at Stanford University, for a discussion about whether media violence inspires real violence. Their presentation was part of Wonderfest, a public celebration of science held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Professor’s 10-part series on the loss and possible recapture of dignity

October 16th, 2009


Stanley Baran, professor of communication, is the author of a 10-part series called "Dignity, "which examines the loss and possible recapture of dignity in our public lives and political discourse." The series appears in the e-zine Bread and Circus.

In Part 6, "Protecting Ourselves from Decency's Demands," Baran writes that "what has happened to dignity is analogous to what former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan called 'defining deviancy down.' Just as we have allowed the erosion of our commonly accepted civic standards for what constitutes criminal behavior, we have permitted the erosion of standards for what constitutes dignified behavior."

Baran is the author of Introduction to Mass Communication: Media Literacy and Culture and Mass Communication Theories: Foundations, Ferment, and Future. He writes frequently on the media, popular culture, and our understanding of ourselves and our world.