"I am interested in the complex interplay among journalists and other media producers, the organizations they work for, larger social and political institutions, and the imaginative and material lives of the ordinary people who work, play, think and dream in a world saturated by the mass media. My goal is to help students make better sense of this ever-changing media matrix as scholars, consumers and citizens."
Years at Knox: 1987 to present
M.A., Journalism, 1986 University of Wisconsin-Madison.
M.A., History, 1974, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
B.A., 1970, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
Media and society, globalization.
"Preserving that 'More Perfect Union'". Submitted opinion column, Register-Mail and Galesburg.com, October 28 (2010.)
Contributor, Community Roundtable, Register-Mail and Galesburg.com. Wrote 32 weekly short op-eds on topics specified by the editor.
"Why are we Ostriches about Climate Change?" Submitted opinion column, Register-Mail and Galesburg.com December 21 (2009.)
"Health Care Should Provide for Fundamental Needs." Invited opinion column, Register-Mail and Galesburg.com August 19 (2009.)
"Democracy Requires Respect." Submitted opinion column, Register-Mail and Galesburg.com September 26 (2009.)
"Looking at the Film Industry from a Political Economy of Culture Perspective." Invited Presentation, 2009.
Faculty Development Workshop, Knox College Film Studies Program, March 2009.
"Art 7881 Painting Seminar." Invited discussant, Led seminar discussion of Walter Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Ag of its Technological Reproducibility" in relation to Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 24, 2009.
Campus & Community Involvement
Co-director, First-Year Preceptorial Program
What Students Say
"The discussions we have in David's classes often feel more like conversations that parallel the kind of focused fervor he brings to the field of social media. He challenges students not only to question and criticize, but also to understand and appreciate the mediated world around them. An accessible and genuinely supportive mentor in and outside class, David always puts his students first."
-Jen Milius, Art History and Visual Communication Design double Major
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Seniors Megan Beney and Eva Marley spoke at the Central States Anthropology Society. Beney's topic was the musical nature of speech directed at infants, and Marley discussed social media sites and social movements.
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.