Western Journal of Communication

Journal on communication for academicians.

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 4, Fall

A Critical Analysis of the California State Railroad Museum's Orientation Films
********** "The utterly objective exhibition, like the completely unmediated photograph, is a phantasm." (Livingstone and Beardsley) THE CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM (CSRRM) is one of the country's premier railroad museums and is widely lauded...
Humor Motives, Qualities, and Reactions in Recalled Conflict Episodes
********** THE PURPOSE OF THIS investigation was to determine the effects of humorous comments made by people in the context of conflicts-inprogress. Previous researchers have noted the (albeit perhaps infrequent) presence of humor usage in arguments...
Identity Implications of Influence Goals: Initiating, Intensifying, and Ending Romantic Relationships
********** PERSUADING OTHERS TO enact desired behaviors often involves the pursuit of multiple, and sometimes conflicting goals (O'Keefe, 1988; Schrader & Dillard, 1998). In order to account for the potential complexity of compliance-gaining...
Martyrs for a Just Cause: The Eulogies of Cesar Chavez
ON JANUARY 25, 1972, Nan Freeman, an eighteen-year-old Jewish college student from Massachusetts, was walking a picket line at the entrance to the Talisman Sugar Plant about twenty miles north of Belle Glade, Florida, during a United Farm Workers (UFW)...
"Of All Things, Communication Is Most Wonderful" (1)
Returning to my academic home in this kind of circumstance has offered me an opportunity to reflect on my journey since I left here years ago. Whenever any of us returns to that place we call home, whether it be our family or academic home, the opportunity...
Sustaining the Desire to Learn: Dimensions of Perceived Instructional Facework Related to Student Involvement and Motivation to Learn
CROSS-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH evidence demonstrates that students' motivational beliefs influence their learning and behavior (Pintrich, 1991) and that intrinsically motivated learning differs from extrinsically motivated compliance with a teacher's...