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David Park: Activist Author and Educator

David Park: Activist Author and Educator

Introduction to David Park. 1:08 min. Interview: Raymond Elman.  Post-Production: Maria Perez.  Music: Dan Lebowitz. Recorded:  10/2/2022, Miami.


DAVID PARK PhD is an author, musician, and educator.  Park’s research interests include critical political economy of communication, new media technologies, media and democracy, environmental sustainability, consumerism, and international communication. He is the author of “Media Reform and the Climate Emergency: Rethinking Communication in the Struggle for a Sustainable Future” with the University of Michigan Press, and “Conglomerate Rock: The Music Industry’s Quest to Divide Music and Conquer Wallets” with Lexington Books. His scholarship also appears in numerous journal articles, proceedings and book chapters including: the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Communication, Culture and Critique, American Journal of Media Psychology, The Political Economy of Communication, Information, Communication and Society, American Behavioral Scientist, International Marketing Review, Labor Studies Journal and the Journal of Social Media Studies. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of several academic journals, and has received many teaching and research awards during his career, including a Howard Hughes Research Sabbatical Scholarship, the Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning Instruction in Higher Education Award from the Executive Committee of the Gulf-South Summit for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education, an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to the Caribbean, and a Tinker-Nave grant to research media and human rights groups in Argentina.

The videos below are organized by Success Factor and run between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.



INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:   1:30 min.  

Where did you grow up, and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?



Based on your description of your youth, you were either the coolest kid in class . . . or an outcast.



Did you inherit your vinyl record collection from your grandmother, who owned a record store?


EMPATHY:   1:59 min.

Where did you go to school and what did you learn that still informs you today?



It’s so ironic that Donald Trump alerted White America to how much Black history we don’t know, when he tried to have a political rally in Tulsa on the anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.



What instruments do you play?



You wrote an award-winning book, “Media Reform and the Climate Emergency.” How did your writing skills develop and evolve?


CRITICAL THINKING:     0:49 min.

What was your motivation for writing, “Media Reform and the Climate Emergency: Rethinking Communication in the Struggle for a Sustainable Future”?