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Marquette University Press is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new book series from the Diederich College of Communication entitled Diederich Studies in Communication and Media.


The editor of the series is DR. BONNIE S. BRENNEN, Nieman Professor of Journalism, in the Department of Journalism

The third book in the series is Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World. Edited by Bonnie Brennen. ISBN 978-0-87462-036-8. Paperback. 252 pages. 5.5 x 8.5. List price: $25.00. Illustrated. Bibliography. Index.


In contemporary society, the nature of reality is continually challenged and each day there are new examples illustrating that perception has become reality. This book collection considers how researchers might evaluate evidence when truth claims can no longer be made. The authors address issues of perception, evidence, reality and postmodernism from a variety of different backgrounds including history, ethics, cultural studies, law and social science.


Bonnie Brennen is the Nieman Professor of Journalism in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. Her research focuses on the intersection between labor and journalism history considering relationships between media, culture and society.


Bonnie Brennen ~ 7

Chapter 1
History, Journalism, and the Problem of Truth
John Nerone ~ 17

Chapter 2
Why Journalism Has Always Pushed Perception Alongside Reality
Barbie Zelizer ~ 31

Chapter 3
The Indecisive Moment: Snapshot Aesthetics as Journalistic Truth
Andrew L. Mendelson ~ 41

Chapter 4
“It’s Just a Joke”
Humor and Social Identity in Forwarded E-mail Images of Obama
Margaret Duffy, Janis Page and Rachel Young ~ 67

Chapter 5
Mis/reading Obama: Evidence, the Internet and the Battle Over Citizenship
Tom Nakayama ~ 99

Chapter 6
Less Falseness as Antidote to the Anxieties of Postmodernism
Linda Steiner ~ 113

Chapter 7
Networked News Work
Jane Singer ~ 137

Chapter 8
Does the Modern Trial Lack Credibility in a Postmodern World?
Daniel Blinka ~ 151

Chapter 9
Promises and Challenges of Teaching Statistical Reasoning to Journalism Undergraduates: Twin Surveys of Department Heads, 1997 and 2008
Robert J. Griffin and Sharon Dunwoody ~ 169

Chapter 10
Media Insurgents in the Network Society: Breitbart, O’Keefe, and Mass Self-communication
Frank Durham ~ 197

Chapter 11
Roundtable: Assessing Evidence in a Postmodern World ~ 217

About the Contributors ~ 239

Index ~ 245


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