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Robert Kubey
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Robert Kubey is professor of Journalism and Media Studies. His publications have focused on the psychological experience of media and the state of media literacy education in the United States and worldwide. Dr. Kubey has been an Annenberg Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow. He received his doctorate from the Committee on Human Development, Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Chicago in 1984. Dr. Kubey has published over 50 journals articles and book chapters. His latest book is Creating Television: Conversations with the People Behind 50 Years of American TV. Other books include Media Literacy in the Information Age and Television and the Quality of Life: How Viewing Shapes Everyday Experience (co-authored with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi). Dr. Kubey also co-edits a series of research volumes on media literacy for Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. In addition to his scholarly writing, Dr. Kubey has written articles for Scientific American, the New York Times, and Newsweek. Prof. Kubey is especially interested in media and politics and regularly teaches courses on that subject, as well as a film analysis course on the image of journalism in American film. Professor Kubey has spoken before, or served as a consultant to, many groups including The Discovery Channel, British Film Institute, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Banff International Television Festival, Getty Center for Arts Education, and Nickelodeon and MTV Networks.

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On Stopping School Shootings and Building a More Humane Society

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 9:39 AM

Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Yesterday, we had the recurring nightmare of it happening all over again, but this time in a high school in Colorado.

This most recent shooting marks the third notorious one just in Colorado alone: Columbine,...

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Obama's Team Can Use YouTube Better

(5) Comments | Posted November 24, 2008 | 12:23 AM

President-elect Obama's team needs to keep our new leader from making the sort of speech he made Saturday, Nov. 22.

His weekly address this past Saturday, on the formation of his economic team, presented via YouTube, was--in a word--weak. Just take a look:

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Exit Polls and Early Election Calls Interfere with Our Democratic Process

(5) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 5:59 PM

I am as eager as the next person to know the results of tonight's presidential election, but also know that I should restrain my intense interest. In principle, I oppose early projections in any state until all the polls across the entire nation are closed.

I'm really at odds...

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Obama Will Leave Us Without Defense Systems is the Charge in Fake Soundbite Attack Ad Running on CNN

(10) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 1:43 AM

An ad attacking Sen. Obama, apparently just released, convincingly fakes Obama's voice, with him saying he is against various conventional defense systems. The ad was running Monday and election eve on CNN. It comes from a group called letfreedomring.com.

The ad's clear aim it to instill fear in less informed...

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Obama Soundbites Faked in PAC Attack Ad on CNN Moments Ago

(11) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 11:13 PM

Just moments ago, at 10:55 pm EST on CNN a PAC attack ad ran from something called "letfreedomring.com" in which Sen. Obama's voice is heard arguing against various weapons systems. These appear to be fake soundbites.

The ad's clear aim it to instill real fear into voters hours before the...

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McCain's Rev. Wright Attack Ad Can Drive Undecideds: Polling Science Tells Us So

(129) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 11:11 PM

In these last hours of the campaign, the sudden onslaught of McCain 527 "swiftboat" style Rev. Jeremiah Wright attack ads are worrisome and could swing undecided voters and shift close battleground states into the McCain column.

The ads show Rev. Jeremiah Wright and we hear his voice saying "God...

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McCain "Kills" on SNL

(138) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 2:45 AM

Sen. John McCain made one of most memorable political appearances in SNL history last night. In his opening sketch, and in the "Weekend Update" segment, in the lingo of the comedy world, he "killed."

He humanized himself and demonstrated that he and his campaign could have a terrific sense of...

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Barack Smear Ad in SNL Prequel Moments Ago

(13) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 12:33 AM


Something called goptrust.com just ran an ad inside a repeat-from-last-week SNL show.

The ad ran about 10:50 pm EST, I believe. The resurrects Rev. Jeremiah Wright and footage of him speaking, and then we see and maybe hear words saying Barack Obama, Too Risky and Too Radical for...

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Sarah Palin's Appearance on SNL a Huge GOP Disaster

(387) Comments | Posted October 19, 2008 | 2:33 AM

Sarah Palin joined SNL tonight and proved, once again, that John McCain lacked judgment in having her on his ticket, while also unwise not to veto her SNL appearance. In isolation, Palin's very brief moments were not, in themselves, the problem. The problem was largely contextual.

Consider, for example, the...

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Obama's Lead Solidifying: Cool, Kennedy Style Trumps Hot Opponent McCain

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2008 | 9:45 PM

In the 1960s, the so-called "guru of media," Marshall McLuhan, dubbed television the "cool medium." He used the "hot-cool medium" distinction to explain why and how John Kennedy won the presidency and in particular, beat Richard Nixon in the very first presidential debate in history.

For McLuhan, Kennedy was the...

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