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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:

Entries by Lindsay Hoffman

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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Reflecting on Twitter and Its Implications for Elections and Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 1:09 PM

The January after a presidential election year is a great time for academics like me to reflect on the long road to the White House. What I am most amazed by, every four years, is how much the American media landscape -- and as a result, the electorate -- change....

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Facing Challenges in College and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 10:56 AM

I was recently asked to speak to our chapter of the Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, as part of their induction ceremony. These students are the highest achieving in our major, and it was a pleasure to speak to them. I am posting an excerpt of that...

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2016: Another Year of the Woman?

(6) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 2:25 PM

The final entry for my "Blog Blog Project" this semester comes from Alec Nathan, a junior Communication major. As part of this project, students in my fall semester Politics and Technology class at the University of Delaware have been writing blogs on issues surrounding campaigns. A recent class examined the...

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Can Religion and Politics Mix? Religious Candidates, Voters, and Religion in the 2012 Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:22 AM

As part of the "Blog Blog Project" I began last semester, students in my fall semester Politics and Technology class at the University of Delaware are writing blogs on current issues surrounding the campaign. A recent class looked at how minority candidates are using technology to get out...

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Hard Leads and Twitter Memes: The Making of News

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 4:04 PM

This semester (and presidential campaign) are in full swing, and my students have a lot to say. As part of the "Blog Blog Project" I began last semester, students in my fall semester Politics & Technology class at the University of Delaware are writing blogs on current issues,...

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A View From Inside the DNC Convention Bubble

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Underneath the buttons and hats, past the strategically placed signs waving in the arena, the conventions look a lot different. It is, of course, impossible for media to cover every aspect of political conventions. But because of a long-standing narrative that dominates media coverage of these events, what happens on...

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Embracing the Medium: How Presidential Campaigns Use Technology

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2012 | 9:28 PM

The newest political app for Election 2012? The status quo. Although we've seen dramatic changes in campaigns' use of technology since the first websites in 1996, the 2012 campaigns are focusing more on existing platforms. Those first websites were essentially tightly controlled carbon copies of campaign promotional materials: positions on...

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