Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 3, Fall

A Functional Analysis of Political Advertising across Media, 1998
Much has been written about political advertising (see, e.g., Aden, 1989; Kaid, Nimmo, & Sanders, 1986; Louden, 1989, 1998). This is hardly surprising given the huge amounts of money devoted to political spots (commercials or advertisements; see,...
Characterizing Organizational Spirituality: An Organizational Communication Culture Approach
Contemporary organizations are characterized by continuous change. In this time of change and uncertainty, long-standing approaches to organizing can become less useful. New perspectives are necessary for improving our understanding of organizational...
Contextualizing Musical Rhetoric: A Critical Reading of the Pixies' "Rock Music"
That popular music is a significant site of rhetorical exchange has become a commonplace assumption of rhetorical scholars (see, for example, Sellnow, 1996; Watts, 1997; Meister, 1996). Critics who study this communication form, however, face a number...
Creating a Pocket Universe: "Shippers," Fan Fiction, and the X-Files Online
Increasingly, studies of fan culture have explored Internet activity and/or particular phenomena such as "fanfic" (fan fiction) based on the characters and premises of a given text (see, for examples, Clerc, 1996; Jenkins, 1992; Wooley, 1999). This...
Examining Verbal Style in Presidential Campaign Spots
In a presidential campaign, political television spots constitute the candidates' most visible and direct means of influencing voters. As a candidate attempts to persuade and motivate the American public to accept that his/her vision is the best one...
The Persuasive Effects of Statistical Evidence in the Presence of Exemplars
Persuasion scholars have long attended to the suasory impact of evidence, the materials designed to buttress the premises of arguments. Some contemporary theories of persuasion predict that including evidence of high quality in a persuasive message,...

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