Genocide denial by default

July 31, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Nicole Rafter The great centennial commemoration of the Armenian genocide is almost over. With parades in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, massive rallies in Argentina, prayer services in Washington, D.C., historical displays




Comment forums reveal GOP dissatisfaction

July 30, 2015 nyupressblog 1

—Karen S. Hoffman [This post is part of the 2016 election series, curated by Victoria A. Farrar-Myers and Justin S. Vaughn, co-editors of Controlling the Message.] Since the 2012 election cycle the role of digital politics continues to




Controlling the message

July 30, 2015 nyupressblog 0

It is that time of the election cycle again, when presidential campaigns are gearing up and preparing for primary contests and, for a select few, general election races. As the would-be presidents seek to turn their electoral dreams into action, they are hiring staff, establishing PACs, and wooing donors. In addition, as they have done in the most recent presidential elections, they are building social media management teams, whose sole responsibility is to promote and shape the candidate’s brand, message, and identity.
In our recent volume, Controlling the Message: New Media in American Political Campaigns, we collected more than a dozen essays that use data collected in real time during the 2012 election cycle to analyze how the new politics of social media affect and are affected by political campaigns. As the 2016 elections approach, we plan to bring you a series of blog posts from authors of those essays that link the scholarly knowledge we have with ongoing developments in the world of politics.
The post that follows is the first of these pieces. Authored by Karen Hoffman of Marquette University, it examines the political rhetoric of comment forums found at online media sites—and makes key observations about what it tells us about conservative Republicans in the current election cycle.







Book notes: Beyond Deportation

July 28, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia “Prosecutorial discretion” refers to a decision made by an agency (in this case, the Department of Homeland Security) about whether or not to enforce the immigration laws against a person or group




Book origins: Salvation with a Smile

July 20, 2015 nyupressblog 0

Phillip Luke Sinitiere, author of Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity, will be a featured guest blogger on From the Square leading up to his book’s publication in October. The posts will unveil




The moment of maybe

July 9, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Joshua Gamson In the days since Obergefell v. Hodges and its rainbow celebration, I spent way too much time on Facebook reading through the voluminous posts and commentaries about how wonderful, awful, incomplete, conservative, progressive,




How email ruined my life

July 2, 2015 nyupressblog 0

—Catherine Zimmer I got my first email account the fall I started graduate school, in 1995. Even then I had an inkling of the pressures that would come to be associated with this miracle of