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Lindsay H. Hoffman is an associate professor of communication and political science at the University of Delaware (UD), and coordinator of research and politics in technology at UD's Center for Political Communication. Her research focuses on the intersection of media, politics, and technology. For more information, visit:

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Affirmative Action in College Admissions: Yes or No?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 2:15 PM

There were so many great blogs from students in my fall course, National Agenda: Race in America, that I thought I'd post at least one more. This blog, from Communication Senior, Brooke Snell, examines the longstanding arguments for or against affirmative action. This is the latest installment of...

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Getting "The Point" of the Movement

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 12:04 PM

It has been a tumultuous time on college campuses nationwide when it comes to issues of race and diversity. Students in my "Race in America" class have been blogging all semester about their experiences and perspectives. As part of the "Blog Blog Project," I'm posting blogs voted as...

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Black Woman, White Movement: Why Black Women are Leaving the Feminist Movement

(2) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 3:24 PM

In this space, I continue to publish blogs from University of Delaware students as part of my Blog Blog Project. What follows is a blog from UD Senior, Georgina Class-Peters, who is majoring in Political Science and International Relations. Here, she examines the conflict between Black and White...

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The Voice of a Misunderstood Black Millennial Voter

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 6:23 PM

This semester, I'm continuing my "Blog Blog Project," where I feature student voices from the University of Delaware on all things related to political communication. The blogs that you'll read this semester are a result of a new endeavor -- to have frank discussions about race...

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A Turbulent Week On Campus Shows the Need for Real Dialogue On Race

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 2:23 PM

This week, a 272-year-old-institution experienced some growing pains. On Monday, September 21, a student group at the University of Delaware hosted a controversial speaker. Students representing the Black Lives Matter movement peacefully protested the event. Just 24 hours later, a student reported what he believed to be nooses hanging from...

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Do we Have a Right to be Forgotten?

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:22 PM

The final installment of the "Blog Blog Project" from Spring Semester, 2015, comes from UD Political Science junior, Alex Ciolek. Here, he addresses the "right to be forgotten" on the Internet, and what governments and corporations alike are doing about it. Look for more from the Blog Blog...

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The Fear of the Unknown

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 1:09 PM

The semester may be over for University of Delaware students, but the "Blog Blog Project" continues! This blog comes from Courtney Griffin, a Junior in Electrical Engineering. She, along with nine other Engineering students, worked with Communication and Political Science students this semester to create technology for the...

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Chuck Norris Wants You: The Unlikely Endorsement

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:55 PM

The latest installment of my Blog Blog Project, where I publish student voices from the University of Delaware, focuses on the impending 2016 election and its cadre of candidates. Elena Sassaman's blog was voted best by her peers. She is a Junior Honors student with a major in...

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Terms and Conditions Will Apply: Living in a Reality of "I Accept"

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 4:06 PM

The third installment of the "Blog Blog Project" continues this semester with a blog from Natalie Hines, a Senior in Communication at the University of Delaware. Here she explores the new reality of living in a world where "terms and conditions will apply."

As a...

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Yik Yak: The Age of Destructive Anonymity

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 12:24 PM

The second installment of this semester's "Blog Blog Project" comes from Politics & Media student, Merissa Muller, a Communication Interest Sophomore with minors in Journalism and Political Communication. Yik Yak has captured the attention of many of my students, and here, Merissa explores the pitfalls of this anonymous...

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Public Shaming on the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 7:16 PM

The "Blog Blog Project" continues in 2015! Here, I post student voices from the University of Delaware. In the class, Digital Technology and Politics, students have been examining how technology is changing the way we interact with one another. This blog, by Kristi Iannelli, a junior Political Science...

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How Free Should Speech Be?

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Recently, I was invited to speak at Utah Valley University's Center for Constitutional Studies Constitution Day conference. It was a great experience to reach across traditional scholarly boundaries to discover new ways of looking at old problems. A modified version of the speech is below.


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Competing Media Frames After the Santa Barbara Shootings: Which Narrative 'Wins?'

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 10:33 AM

Like so many others this week, I've been thinking a lot about the shootings in Isla Vista last Friday. While my personal reactions to the rampage itself were devastating, saddening and horrifying, my scholarly self paid attention to media coverage following the massacre. As with any news story, there are...

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Internet Censorship: A Threat to Economic Progress in China?

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:49 PM

The final installment of the "Blog Blog Project" for 2013, where I have posted student voices from the University of Delaware, is below. In the class, "Digital Technology & Politics," students have been evaluating how governments manage the Internet, and in this blog, Emma Haberern, a Senior Political...

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The Chicken or the Egg? Polarized Media in an Increasingly Polarized World

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 7:44 AM

Continuing with my "Blog Blog Project," I am publishing student voices from my classes at the University of Delaware. This blog was voted best by her peers in the class Media & Politics and comes from senior Political Science major Emiley Conboy. She examines the complicated relationship between...

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The Case for Being 'Old-Fashioned'

(4) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:02 PM

As part of my "Blog Blog Project," I am publishing student voices from my classes at the University of Delaware. This blog was voted best by his peers in the class Digital Technology & Politics and comes from senior Eric Hastings. He examines the 15 percent...

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Hidden Beneath the Rubble of the Syrian Conflict: What Stories Do We Miss?

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Last year, I introduced the "Blog Blog Project," which features voices, opinions, and analysis from students in my Media and Politics class. This is the first blog of the semester, voted as the top blog from her peers. It comes from UD junior Rachel Thompson, who is majoring...

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How Technology Has Changed the Way We Understand National Tragedies

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:02 PM

The final entry for the "Blog Blog Project" this semester comes from UD junior Christina Mavrikis, a Criminal Justice and Psychology major, who examines how technology has changed the way we learn about and understand tragedies like the Boston bombings.

I remember sitting in my third-grade class, more...

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The Printer Is Mightier Than the Gun?

(13) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:06 PM

As part of the "Blog Blog Project," I've been posting blogs about politics, media, and technology from the courses I teach at the University of Delaware. This blog, written by UD junior Eric Hastings, a Criminal Justice major, discusses how the media are (or are not) covering the...

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Citizenship in a Digital Era

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:51 PM

In an era where we face a daily deluge of online petitions, emails from candidates, and provocative political tweets, what does it mean to be a citizen? The image of Americans crowded into a town hall to debate current issues has been replaced by that of a single person in...

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