When it comes to communicating about environmental issues, it turns out we have a lot to learn from psychologists and audiences alike.
Along with colleagues Zeynep Altinay and Amy Reynolds, I recently had a paper published in the journal of in which we used Louisiana's coastal crisis as a case study for best practices in environmental communication.
The Persian Gulf War provided a glimpse of what future wars might look like.
The emergence of an international politics of cultural identity organized around religious, ethnic, or racial fetishisms suggests what the future issues in international relations might be.
Print, photography, film, telephone and telegraphy, broadcasting, satellites, and computer technologies, which developed fairly independently, are rapidly merging into a digital stream of zeros and ones in the global telecommunications networks (The Economist, March 10, 1990; October 5, 1991; September 30, 1995).
Economically, separate industries that had developed around each of these technologies are combining to service the new multimedia environment through a series of corporate mergers and alliances.On the other hand, global communication is empowering hitherto forgotten groups and voices in the international community.Its channels have thus become the arena for contestation of new economic, political, and cultural boundaries.In this fashion, it solicited international support while embarrassing the Mexican government at a critical moment when it was trying to project a democratic image for admission to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).In Burma or Myanmar, as it is officially known, both government and opposition have employed the Internet in their political struggles.Politically, global communication is undermining the traditional boundaries and sovereignties of nations.Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) is violating national borders by broadcasting foreign news, entertainment, educational, and advertising programs with impunity.The conduct of foreign relations through traditional diplomatic channels has been both undermined and enhanced by information and communication resources available to non-state actors.The emergence of a global civil society in the form of over some 30,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alongside nearly some 200 state actors as well as intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), transnational corporations (TNCs), and transnational media corporations (TMCs), has added to the complexity of international relations (Commission on Global Governance 1995).In Saudi Arabia, a BBC-WGBH program on "The Death of a Princess," banned by the Saudi government as subversive, was smuggled into the country by means of videotapes the day after its premier showing on television in London.In China, despite severe media censorship, the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square spread its message around the world in 1989 via the fax machines.