Christopher A. Paul, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Department, has published a new book, The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games: Why Gaming Culture Is the Worst.
"The core argument in my book is that video games are an actualized meritocracy, a realm in which the values of hard work and skill have been pushed to their extremes and the result is a toxic community that focuses more on the celebration of individual glory than on the good of the collective." -- Dr. Paul, University of Minnesota Press Blog, March 13, 2018.
”Christopher A. Paul is an incisive critic, and The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games is essential reading for researchers, industry professionals, and players trying to make sense of gaming's culture wars.” Carly A. Kocurek, author of Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade.
Caitlin Ring Carlson, PhD, Assistant Professor, was featured on KUOW FM's On the Record on February 12, discussing how colleges can protect free speech and the rights of their students, faculty and staff.
Rick Malleus, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication Department, chaired and presented on a panel at the Western States Communication Association annual conference in Santa Clara, CA. The panel was entitled: Mindful and Mindless Communication in Student Intercultural Reentry”. His presentation was entitled: “Is This Really What I Want to Say? Mindful and Mindless Communication in Students’ Reentry ‘Elevator Speeches.”