Communications and the Media Sources at Boston College
office of news & public affairs
Media violence; advertising; visual communication; conflict resolution and mediation. A certified arbiter and mediator. Has served as an arbitrator for the American Association of Better Business Bureaus and as a mediator for the Massachusetts Districts Courts. Author of the books Visual Intelligence: Power and Logic in Visual Communication and The Advertising Portfolio. Courses have included: advertising at all levels and visual communication theory.
Trends in American popular culture; American television, music and film; the Humanities; Greek literature. Former TV and arts critic for the Wall Street Journal. Author of the book, Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music. Writes "Serious Popcorn" a weblog for Artsjournal.com. Courses have included: "Democracy & Art."
Communication law, freedom of speech and First Amendment issues; trademarks and copyrights; public relations and crisis communication; public relations strategies; media history; broadcast regulation; the changing nature of journalism. Courses have included: "Public Relations"; "Crisis Communication" and "Public Speaking."
Radio; talk radio; satellite radio; members of minority population groups in broadcasting. Former broadcast programmer and manager. Author of several books, including Voices in the Purple Haze: Underground Radio and the Sixties; Signals in the Air: Native Broadcasting in America; and The Radio Station. Co-author of the books Global Broadcast Systems and Controls; The Broadcast Century: A Biography of American Broadcasting; and Selling Radio Direct. Co-authored Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right. Courses have included: "Broadcast Century Issues"; "Radio in Culture and Society"; "Radio Operations and Production."
Contemporary broadcast programming and ownership; news programming and competition; radio and television personalities and formatting; intercultural communication; media ethics; international radio, notably Vatican Radio; soap operas and daytime television. Author of the books Vatican Radio: Propagation By the Airwaves; TV News Ethics; Daytime TV Programming, and The Soap Opera Evolution: America's Enduring Romance with Daytime Drama; and co-author of Messages from the Underground: Transnational Radio in Resistance and in Solidarity. Courses have included: "Intercultural and International Communication."
Media culture; global media, particularly in the Middle Eastern media; race and religion on the American screen. His publications include articles inThe International Journal of Cultural Studies, Popular Communication, The Journal of Film and Video, The Velvet Light Trap and The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. He is the co-editor of the book, Saturday Night Live and American Culture. He is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and screenwriter.