San Francisco sunrise run : JAMcArthur.com

Reflections on NCA 2010

The annual conference of the National Communication Association is typically a whirlwind of thought-provoking formal sessions and informal discussions. This year was no exception. I began this conference with a 5.14 mile run, complete with a beautiful view of Sunday’s sunrise (at right). My run took me down Market Street to the bay, around the…

Sharing, Hiding, and Finding Ourselves on Facebook

Four papers presented at the National Communication Association 2010 annual conference dealt with the issues and motivations that impact information sharing on Facebook. Exploring Privacy Management and Disclosure on Facebook Camille A. Hall, Keturi D. Beatty, Bethany Petty, and Zuoming Wang (University of North Texas) Hall et.al. discussed the effects of profile-owner’s gender and potential…

Digital Privacy and Digital Literacy

Knowledge of the role of Internet surveillance could play a role in our privacy behaviors online. For the typical Internet user, survelliance knowledge could include Internet tracking, marketing research, and demographic-driven advertising, among others. Yet, many typical Internet users lack basic knowledge of the surveillance practices that occur on sites they visit regularly. Some of…

Social Media for Crisis Communication

Social media outlets have a role to play as one tool in an effective crisis communication strategy, say researchers Shari Veil (University of Kentucky), Tara Buehner (University of Oklahoma), and Michael Palenchar (Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville). At the National Communication Association 2010 annual conference, they presented a paper entitled, “Increasing Dialogue in Disasters: Incorporating Social…

Connecting to Publics with Social Media

Public relations practice has been dramatically impacted by social media. Papers presented in the Public Relations Division at the National Communication Association 2010 annual conference tied social media and web-based tools to core functions of public relations practice – using a variety of theoretical frames.  Each provides unique insights into the theory and practice of…