Applying anthropology to business means asking the big questions. How does communication influence culture? How does language continue to evolve? And what are the hidden assumptions that shape our consumer behavior and attitudes towards food? These are the questions that design anthropologist Adam Gamwell explores on a daily basis. They are also among the many questions he explores on his popular podcast, This Anthro Life . In this two-part interview, Adam shares this anthropological perspective. In Part 1 , he connected the dots between culture, language, social taboos, and food. In Part 2, below, we explore the atomization of communication and culture, and what it takes to have a consistent platform within the current media landscape. Matt Johnson: The media landscape continues to shift, becoming more and more fragmented. Compared to previous eras, people now have a much wider range of sources for news, information, and content—all of which shape their worldview. How … [Read more...] about How Cultural Anthropology Can Address Media Fragmentation
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Articles, news reports, and documentaries about nonhuman animals (animals) are "hot" items. It's difficult to pick up a newspaper or magazine or turn on the TV and not see something about the fascinating cognitive and emotional lives of other animals, including commercials, or a discussion of our complex, frustrating, challenging, and paradoxical relationships with them ( anthrozoology ). I've often been concerned about how animals are misrepresented in various forms of media as objects or cruel and evil beings (see for example, "' The Grey' Has It All Wrong About Wolves ," " Animals Are Not Warmongers: An Important Media Corrective ," " Do Less Harm: Ants and a Simple New Years Resolution " in which cutting off an ant's legs is referred to as a "makeover," and "' Are You with the Right Mate?' The Media's Misuse of Chimpanzees "). Other examples about the effects of misrepresentation can be found in two excellent research essays called " Specific Image Characteristics … [Read more...] about Animals in the Media: Guidelines for Accurate Representation
Source: Ksenia Chernaya/Pexels This post is co-authored by Khary Rigg, Ph.D., and Malika Rigg, Au.D. The potential consequences of misusing opioids are well documented. Reports of opioid addiction and overdose are found throughout the media and scientific literature. However, an opioid-related outcome that gets little attention is hearing loss. The first documented case of opioid-induced hearing loss (OIHL) dates all the way back to the 1970s, but we still know very little about this condition. Research on OIHL is scarce, so it isn’t entirely clear how prevalent OIHL is or exactly how opioids cause hearing loss. What we do know is that hearing loss can sometimes occur after an episode of opioid misuse. One study documented a case of a 20-year-old man who presented to the emergency department with acute onset of hearing loss in both ears after ingesting a high dose of methadone. Fortunately, his hearing loss resolved after a few days of abstinence. But OIHL can … [Read more...] about Can Opioid Misuse Cause Hearing Loss?
As coronavirus spreads, many people have been advised (and in some cases required ) to engage in social distancing, which involves avoiding non-essential social interactions and staying home as much as possible, among other precautions (up-to-date information from the CDC can be found here ). Social distancing is believed to be critical for slowing the rate of infection so that hospitals don’t become inundated . But for many, especially those who live alone, social isolation can take a real toll on mental and physical health. The following are some research-based ideas for feeling more socially connected and less lonely during this time. 1. Schedule regular social contact by phone or video. Although virtual communication may not feel as satisfying as in-person contact, it’s much better than no contact at all. Video chatting in particular (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc) has the advantage of allowing us to see others’ facial expressions, and research suggests this technology … [Read more...] about 10 Ideas for Coping with Loneliness During Social Distancing
More than 45 mass shootings occurred within less than a month , CNN’s Madeline Holcombe reported on April 18, 2021. The New York Times , NBC News , and other news media stations continue to focus on this urgent, unfolding national crisis. Mass shootings are a collective trauma, regardless of where they occur. A spate of them during a time when we are already psychologically vulnerable after a year of distress is even more devastating. The psychological impact of these random acts of violence simulates the trauma impact of domestic terrorism, though there is no known link between these acts of violence. In fact, the lack of connection between these events can heighten the trauma response for several reasons. This article will explore the psychological impact of these acts of mass violence and will highlight the need for us to address our national trauma crisis in more effective ways. As a psychologist, I have given several interviews in the context of recent mass … [Read more...] about The Psychological Impact of the Surge in Mass Shootings