Digital Culture and Social Media

How evolving information and communication technologies (ICTs) can influence the mass media and contribute to social and cultural change in the process. By Dr. Mark PoepselAssociate Professor of JournalismSouthern Illinois University Origin in Anarchy “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have[…]

Media, Society, Culture, and You

Defining media, society, culture, and communication broadly. By Dr. Mark PoepselAssociate Professor of JournalismSouthern Illinois University The Role of Mass Media in Society “Society not only continues to exist by transmission, by communication, but it may fairly be said to exist in transmission, in communication.” John Dewey in Democracy and Education, 1916 More than one hundred years[…]

A History of Advertising, Public Relations, and Propaganda

Advertising has always been about tapping into consumers’ existing needs or about creating a need and inserting a product to fill it. By Dr. Mark PoepselAssociate Professor of JournalismSouthern Illinois University Introduction “What you call love was invented by guys like me to sell nylons.” Don Draper, fictional advertising executive from the AMC series Mad Men Advertising[…]

History and Development of Radio Broadcasting, Podcasting, and ‘Superbug Media’

These new technologies made it possible to influence the public opinion of whole populations at once. By Dr. Mark PoepselAssociate Professor of JournalismSouthern Illinois University Introduction “We thought we were doing this little experiment, and it became this huge thing.” Sarah Koenig, host and co-producer of the Serial podcast The Serial podcast is a true crime drama that calls[…]