Prof. Jason Schmitt (communication studies) has been thinking about why his discipline seems to be taking off in higher education. "Concepts that may have been more abstract for students fifteen years ago such as relationship networks, group communication, and media theory are becoming vitally relevant knowledge," he writes in this Huffington Post piece which is already north of 5000 “likes.”
“I bit hard on the hook of connected life,” writes prof. Jason Schmitt (communications studies) in a recent Huffington Post blog. “I am a media professor and started studying smartphones changing business behavior at the onset of personal digital assistants (PDAs) in 2001. I had a continual stream of the latest and greatest smartphones from 2001-2012 . . . Then the epiphany happened: All this connecting and sharing wasn’t propelling me up the satisfying life-o-meter.” Jason explores how to remain connected in our tech-heavy world--without being a slave to our devices. Read the rest of the blog here.
Prof. Jason Schmitt (communications studies) recently had two entries accepted in the new (2014) Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics published by Sage Publications for Global Release. The encyclopedia explores how the rise of social media is altering politics both in the United States and in key moments, movements, and places around the world. Jason also published a column in the Huffington Post Impact blog titled “Diluting Digital Activism.” His piece explores the potential—and pitfalls—of online activism. “The risk we run is the assumption that thousands of digital approvals are orientated toward deeper knowledge on an issue, when in fact the mass outcry might be caught in a feedback loop amongst itself," Jason writes. “Truth lives in the murky water of polar thought blending and mixing. If we don't calibrate our digital voices and realize the biased nature that can pervade this amplification tool, we lose the very thing we are after: a competent and well-thought-out future.” Read the full post here.
Prof. Jason Schmitt (communications) wrote a widely read column in Slate magazine last week about a recent conundrum: what to do about several large cannabis plants he found growing in a remote section of his recently purchased property. Might they have been grown by a neighbor for medical purposes? Would a simple Google search on his personal computer guide him in making a responsible decision -- or would it somehow incriminate him in this age of electronic surveillance? "If we were still living in, say, 2005, when digital culture existed to unite people and not to feed corporate dominance, big-data algorithms, and a fire hose to the NSA, I wouldn’t have felt much concern about searching any and all questions... But the Internet has become a corporate and government commodity," Jason writes. Read the full post here.
Professor Jason Schmitt's newest article on the Huffington Post titled Social Media Reels in Job Opportunities posted on January 10, 2013, has received 20,517 tweets on Twitter. You can read the article here.
Tim Halteman, communication studies student, is working a summer internship with Montgomery News. Tim wrote and published a article for the news site on July 2nd. Tim will also be the Editor-in-Chief of The Mountaineer next year. Green Mountain College is looking forward to see more of Tim's work. To check out his article click here.
The first issue of The Mountaineer, the Green Mountain College student newspaper, appeared in the 1937-38 school year. The paper continues to be published today, making it one of the most venerable institutions on campus. Trang Cao ’15, an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam, hopes that "The Stream", a new student-run video channel, will have the same longevity and impact.
“Traditional print media serves a purpose, but there is huge room for growth in broadcast on campus,” said Trang. She believes emerging media including video, sound, graphic design, and social networking are uniquely suited to cover important stories while capturing the energetic vibe of the campus. more...
Student Hayden Smith '16 (communication studies) recently submitted an op-ed piece titled "Colleges Pledge Divestment from Fossil-Fuel Stocks in a Movement to Solve the Climate Crisis" as part of COM 2013: Writing for Media which was accepted in Nation of Change. Read the article online here.
Five students from the staff of The Mountaineer attended the Spring College Media Convention sponsored by of the College Media Association. This annual event, hosted in March in the media hub of New York City, offered students three days of media workshops and networking opportunities with editors, new media producers, and student colleagues. Jason Schmitt, professor of communication studies, attended the conference with the students.
Prof. Jason Schmitt’s (communication studies) new book Speaking with a Purpose was recently published by Pearson. The book, co-authored by Arthur Koch, Emeritus, Milwaukee Area Technical College, is a primer for a practical, step-by-step approach to public speaking. It is based primarily on a traditional public speaking combined with up-to-date communication theory.
Amanda Palmer, formerly of the Dresden Dolls, will be leading a class session via Skype on Monday, November 26 at 1 p.m. in Bogue 017 on using media to your advantage.
Her recent Kickstarter.com campaign brought in $1,192,793 - She tours the world to nearly all sold-out shows - She continues to be one of the strongest users of new media to create a sustainable career path ... and she wants to share it with GMC!
Green Mountain College will host Ms. magazine co-founder Jane O'Reilly for a talk on women's rights and the feminist movement on February 7, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., in the Gorge. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee reception will follow.