Alum Lawrence Drake, Ph.D., Appointed Bethune-Cookman University Interim President

2022-06-19T17:08:53-07:00

Media Psychology Program alum Dr. Lawrence Drake, II, appointed Interim President at Bethune-Cookman University. Lawrence M. Drake II, Ph.D. According to Ormond Beach Observer, Drake currently serves as Dean of B-CU’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship and has been instrumental in designing and co-sponsoring the University’s strategic review process, “Re-Imagining B-CU: Now, Next and Beyond.” Drake will continue serving as CBE’s dean in his new interim role. Drake enjoyed an impressive 21-year career with The Coca-Cola Company, where he held several key positions, including Division President & CEO of Nigeria and Equatorial Africa Division. This role included global [...]

Alum Lawrence Drake, Ph.D., Appointed Bethune-Cookman University Interim President2022-06-19T17:08:53-07:00

Depp v. Heard: Why Depp Won the Battle of Archetypes

2022-06-06T09:59:00-07:00

Many fans redeemed Depp as a tarnished hero and cast Heard as the evil Medusa. Key points Archetypal patterns quickly cast Depp and Heard’s roles. Already condemned by cancel culture, Depp chose to challenge Heard publicly. The trial underscored how pervasive gender stereotypes influence perceptions of behavior. Johnny Depp has emerged as the victor in the infamous Depp vs. Heard trial. Many Depp fans are ecstatic, their commitment to Depp gratified by an official ruling. Heard fans are disappointed but primarily because of the potential fallout on the issue of domestic abuse. Advocates worry that the #MeToo movement has suffered [...]

Depp v. Heard: Why Depp Won the Battle of Archetypes2022-06-06T09:59:00-07:00

Why “Good Vibes Only” Creates Bad Vibes

2022-05-31T09:37:22-07:00

Toxic positivity is positive thinking at its worst KEY POINTS Kids are drawn to apps where they can connect easily with friends without being spied on by parents. Social media apps are designed to be psychologically engaging. It’s what makes them fun and hard to put down. Social media use can be positive and negative. How you use it matters. Critical thinking skills and open communication at home can keep kids safe while having fun online. Tired of “good vibes only” on social media? There’s always value in a positive outlook, but when it’s “only,” it becomes toxic. Toxic [...]

Why “Good Vibes Only” Creates Bad Vibes2022-05-31T09:37:22-07:00

Depp vs. Heard: Can Justice Prevail Amid Toxic Stans and Memes?

2022-05-05T22:35:44-07:00

Trial by social media, with irreparable consequences. On April 11, 2022, the courtroom drama of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began and their tumultuous, extravagant, and mutually-abusive relationship played out across traditional and social media. However ugly the testimony, though, it's nothing compared to what is happening on social media. The public testimonies are fueling much meaner ones on social media, where stans (stalkers-plus-fans) have taken to platforms with unbelievable vitriol, ranging from insults to death threats. Johnny Depp has always had a lot of enthusiastic fans—even with all the controversy that has followed him. His Instagram account has [...]

Depp vs. Heard: Can Justice Prevail Amid Toxic Stans and Memes?2022-05-05T22:35:44-07:00

What Parents Want to Know About Snapchat and Kids

2022-05-04T21:24:41-07:00

Q&A: Critical thinking skills and open communication can keep kids safe online. KEY POINTS Kids are drawn to apps where they can connect easily with friends without being spied on by parents. Social media apps are designed to be psychologically engaging. It’s what makes them fun and hard to put down. Social media use can be positive and negative. How you use it matters. Critical thinking skills and open communication at home can keep kids safe while having fun online. The questions I hear from parents show deep concerns about kids and social media use — especially post-pandemic. Snapchat [...]

What Parents Want to Know About Snapchat and Kids2022-05-04T21:24:41-07:00

Remembering Media Psychology Past Faculty Member Jason Ohler, Ph.D.

2022-05-12T19:15:42-07:00

Dear Fielding Community, Sadly, Media Psychology past faculty member Jason Ohler, Ph.D., has passed away. Dr. Ohler retired from Fielding in 2021. Jason Ohler, Ph.D. Pam Rutledge, Ph.D., wrote about Dr. Ohler’s impressive background: “Jason was very accomplished; he was a pioneer in the use of digital storytelling in education at the University of Alaska, where he taught for many years. For years, he and his wife Terri would spend half the year in Alaska, where Jason would teach, and half in Arizona with family. He brought that same passion for the power of narrative to Fielding’s Media [...]

Remembering Media Psychology Past Faculty Member Jason Ohler, Ph.D.2022-05-12T19:15:42-07:00

How Memes and Media Are Crafting the Way We See War

2022-04-01T22:56:24-07:00

Social media aesthetics shape views and understanding of the Ukraine invasion. KEY POINTS Memes translate complex ideas into short-form cultural commentaries that construct social narratives. TikTok has taken over as the 'go-to' source for short-form content on the Ukraine invasion. Memes help humanize and simplify conflict, creating clear heroes and villains. Memes translate complex ideas into simple, easily digestible, emotionally evocative messages that draw on an existing cultural schema. Memes construct the narratives that frame events, as we see with the Ukraine Invasion and influence who is cast as the hero and villain, "like us," and "the other." Nowhere are [...]

How Memes and Media Are Crafting the Way We See War2022-04-01T22:56:24-07:00

2022 Super Bowl Commercials And Media Psychology

2022-03-28T23:30:25-07:00

Christophe Morin, Ph.D. Media Psychology Program graduate Christophe Morin, PhD’14 is CEO of SalesBrain, a neuromarketing agency. When he is not teaching as Adjunct Faculty at Fielding, he helps companies improve their marketing growth and performance. Of the many successful projects Dr. Morin has led, a recent one examined the relative successes of the 2022 Super Bowl commercials. As consultants for KERN, a division of the Omnicom Precision Marketing Group, Dr. Morin and his team evaluated six Super Bowl ads using a unique neuromarketing analysis. Given that companies spend more than $10 million for each Super Bowl ad, [...]

2022 Super Bowl Commercials And Media Psychology2022-03-28T23:30:25-07:00

Alum Aiden Hirshfield, Ph.D., Receives the Dianne Kipnes Social Innovation Award

2022-06-13T14:22:40-07:00

Aiden Hirshfield, PhD Media Psychology Program alum Aiden Hirshfield, Ph.D.’19, is the 2022 recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Social Innovation Award. The Award will partially fund his project, Providing Critical Support for ASL Interpreters in the Mental Health Setting. The project goals are to support and offer additional educational opportunities to American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who face considerable occupational stress and financial challenges. The project’s mission is to improve the vocational skills of interpreters. As part of the project, Dr. Hirshfield anticipates assessing how this training could affect ASL interpreters’ mental health and job functioning. The Award [...]

Alum Aiden Hirshfield, Ph.D., Receives the Dianne Kipnes Social Innovation Award2022-06-13T14:22:40-07:00

Social Media: Think it over before taking a public stance

2022-03-04T19:21:57-08:00

Social media has changed the flow of information and public discourse, detaching it from geographic boundaries. Thanks to social media, almost everyone is exposed to events such as recent events in Eastern Europe, at least at a superficial level. There is, therefore, an increasing recognition of global events and how they might ripple out and impact individual worlds. After the pandemic, social unrest, and political challenges of the last few years, speaking up is a way to weigh in, and, thanks to the interactivity of social media, of being heard. The situation in Ukraine is a powder keg on a [...]

Social Media: Think it over before taking a public stance2022-03-04T19:21:57-08:00
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