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    Hula in Japan
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2018) Sato, Caira ; Scally, Jayme ; Communication
    Hula has spread worldwide and especially built its reputation in Japan. From the creation of hula festivals, participation in the “Hula Olympics”, the prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival, and the opening of many hālau (hula schools), Japan has demonstrate
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    Changing the Tides: Effective Techniques for Female Politicians in Contemporary Times
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015-05) Kau, Alyssa-Marie ; Gasiorek, Jessica ; Communicology
    Leadership is a dynamic process in which there is one individual that influences others to contribute to achieving group tasks. The emphasis on traditionally feminine behaviors of creating a sense of community and communicating effectively seems to be in competition with taking on the role of a politician, which is associated with masculine traits. Masculine traits are associated with power seeking, which is perceived to be better suited for leadership roles, as opposed to the communal style associated with females. Asian-American women continue to be characterized with the stereotypes of being obedient, demure, and have occupied less positions than their male counterparts. Because Asian-American women face these obstacles that stand in the way of being perceived as a competent, trusting leader, I predict that these individuals should be rated lower for perceived competence and sociability when compared to Caucasian-American women. To test this prediction, impressions of female political candidates were collected from college students from a large university in the Pacific (N = 60) via an online survey. The results demonstrated that while there were no significant differences in the perceptions of competence but that, there were significant differences in the perceptions of sociability between both ethnic groups. There were differences in ratings between paired videos, but not in a pattern consistent with ethnicity.
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    Mass Media And The Environment: A Survey Of Newspaper Coverage Of Population As An Environmental Issue
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015-11-20) King, Susan B.
    With a large number of people depending on the news media for environmental information, it is pertinent to ask, "What kind of information is the news media giving the public about environmental issues?" Does it provide enough information to formulate an opinion on? How is the information presented? How does the media itself influence the information? In this thesis I have narrowed the focus, but not the intent of the above questions. I have confined my investigation to the issue of population, and chose to explore its representation in the newspaper medium. The investigation
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    The Nature of the Television Medium in Relation to the Presentation of Art Education
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015-11-20) Grey, A. Dennis ; Silvian, David A.
    A comparison between commercial and Public Television reveals that the direction for Public Television must be toward more interesting and challenging viewing. In order to achieve its potential. Public Television must fully assume its proper role as an innovative educator with a fresh start in new directions, breaking away from the present narrow programming.
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    Communication And A New World Order
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-09-26) Atta, George ; Burhans, Daniel ; Communication
    The world in man and man in the world; the two conditions are essentially one. Man's perceptions of the world are related to his position in the world. It is the experience of being in a certain environment with a certain status that molds a person's view of his world. Man makes his world and his perceptions of what the world is or can be that determines what kind of world he creates. Marx, who emphasized the material base of society and the laws of historical inevitability notes that the proletariat must first attain class consciousness before the revolution that is inevitable can come to its final conclusion. Class consciousness must be perceived. These observations of importance of perception in human affairs have been widely debated in the past and in the whirlwind of change in the last decade and half the debate has again surfaced. This paper will be one more in the multitude attempting to understand the new imperative in society and to find a non-violent way in which the imperatives can be channeled. More specifically, after goals and methods have been established I would like to examine what the potential of art is as a stimulator of value changes in society.
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    Ongoing Civic Engagement in the Stop SOPA 2012 Campaign
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-09-26) Alailima, Tawni ; Winter, Jenifer ; Communication
    In late 2011 and early 2012, the Internet community came together to protest H.R. 3261, more commonly known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The Internet community engaged in many types of activism that ranged from blacking out their own websites to raise awareness to signing online petitions. The Stop SOPA 2012 Campaign has become a recent example of the power of online activism since the bill was tabled due to the outpouring of civic engagement against it. The main purpose of this study is to assess whether online civic engagement against SOPA effectively created a collective identity of self-identified SOPA activists that are aware of current SOPA-like legislation and intend to continue to participate against legislation that has SOPA-like components. Self-identified SOPA activists were surveyed on their political involvement protesting SOPA, their knowledge of current anti-piracy or copyright legislation, and their intentions to engage in related activities in the future. The Theory of Planned Behavior was used as a framework for the study. The findings from this study suggest that SOPA activists engaged in more online activism than offline activism. More specifically, they engaged in activities often critiqued as slacktivism due to the amount effort it takes to participate in such activities. While these online activities actually had a positive impact on the defeat of the SOPA bill, activists reported they were no longer aware of current copyright policies or SOPA-like legislation, nor do they have intentions to continue campaigning against legislation like SOPA.
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    Short Stories
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Oshiro, Tracy ; Communication
    The challenge to translate lengthy novels into the limited mini-series has long since been met, Television adaptations of "QB VII," "I, Claudius," "Masada," and "Bridehead Revisited" have successfully captured much of the multifold complexities of novels. However, television has yet to explore the concept of revolving a mini-series around the other extreme form of literature: the short story. The potential which lies within the concise, well-honed drama of short stories is what this series "Short Stories" will explore.
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    Effectiveness of Three Communication Media for Aquisition of Information about Macadamia Nut Cultivation
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Schnell, Thomas ; Communication
    Three channels of mediated instructional communication -- printed pamphlet, videotape, and computer program --­ intended for aquisition of information about Macadamia Nut cultivation in Hawaii were evaluated to assess effectiveness. Effectiveness was conceptualized as cognitive knowledge gain. In order to measure cognitive knowledge gain, a pretest/stimulus/posttest experiment was conducted using a sample of 24 University of Hawaii at Manoa students. Besides the above mentioned media, additional independent variables of sex, age, academic level, and the factor of English being a first language were addressed as variables affecting knowledge gain.
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    Effect of Pre-Trial Publicity by Honolulu Newspapers on Homicide Trial Outcomes
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Wiecking, Christopher ; Communication
    The aim of this study was to describe the relationship between biased newspaper coverage and verdicts of homicide trials; to determine whether the direction of bias for or against homicide defendants and the outcome of the case are related. Subjects for the study were homicide cases reported by the media between 1988-1990 in Honolulu. Significant characteristics separating subject cases from their general population were the type of crime (homicide) and the presence of news articles referring to the cases within the time frame. Content analysis was used to study articles written on each case (as determined by defendant name) and statements found within each article (to determine the direction of bias).
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    A Critical Analysis of Communication in the Field of Medicine
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Kanemoto, Ann ; Communication
    The doctor-patient relation is one that calls for the clear, precise, and complete transmission and reception of information. In arriving at a diagnosis and formulating a plan of treatment, the physician must elicit and use reliable information about the medical (and social) history of the patient. The patient for his part, must understand what is asked of him and what is told to him if he is to cooperate fully with the physician in their common undertaking.