Intuition

New term, new ideas

Well, a brand new term has begun here at the University of Oregon, and just two days in I’m already encountering nifty little nuggets of wisdom and information that I’d never encountered or considered before. (Quick side note that is directly related to this: I’m taking four courses this term–yikes–so my postings here through March […]

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Normal curve

The joy of being a post-positivist

One of the things that I really like about the field of communication (specifically as an academic discipline) is that there is no one overarching paradigm[1. For more on the idea of paradigms as I am referring to them, see The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn.] that guides us all as we do […]

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Charles Peirce

Peirce and pragmati(ci)sm

As many folks are well aware, I spent the bulk of the past decade working for big media in New York, specifically for a media source whose ideology I don’t personally subscribe to. As you might imagine, that led to a lot of mistaken assumptions and uncomfortable conversations with folks over the years, and so […]

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Thomas Kuhn

Contemplating Kuhn

For those of us who were just admitted to the University of Oregon for this term, our classes start tomorrow after a long and tiring week of orientation meetings and activities. ┬áThose of us who are embarking on the (newly renamed) Media Studies PhD program in the School of Journalism and Communication will be meeting […]

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