Reconnecting in a Politically Charged Media Environment

A no-holds-barred discussion about politics and communications in an election year

While many of us continue to adjust to the current, new reality, one thing that remains a challenge during an election year is striking a balance of civil discourse between audiences on opposite sides of political issues. As communicators, we are charged with helping our organizations tap into public opinion and sentiment across this political spectrum. What if we better understood why liberals and conservatives differ in how they consume information?

In this virtual session, Danna Young, political and media psychologist in the University of Delaware’s Department of Communication, will talk about the psychological differences between liberals and conservatives. Based on her recent book, Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the U.S., Young will explain how the media environment often fools us into thinking the other side is the enemy, distracting us from the reality that we need both sides to survive and thrive.

IABC Members: $10
Guests: $20
Students: $5

About Danna Young

Danna YoungDannagal Goldthwaite Young (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007) is an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware’s Department of Communication. Her research interests include political media effects, public opinion, political satire and the psychology of political humor. Her work on the role and effects of late-night comedy in the changing political environment has been published in numerous journals including Media Psychology, Political Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Mass Media and Society.

  • October 28, 2020 at 12:00pm – 1pm
  • Online
  • Donna Cusano