Hample Co-Authors Study on Irony; Edits Special Section in CM

Associate professor Dale Hample has co-authored a study of ironic messages in the December 2008 issue of Communication Monographs. The same issue of the journal features a special section guest edited by Hample that considers how communication theory and research can improve people's lives.

"Ironic Message Production: How and Why We Produce Ironic Messages" was co-authored by Joshua Averbeck and Hample. The essay "addresses the conceptualization and production of irony. Specifically, psychological predispositions are used to identify what makes the production of an ironic message likely. Reasons for endorsing and suppressing ironic messages are discussed based on individuals' goals in a situation. The importance of common ground between individuals during ironic message productions is also discussed. Results suggest (a) the suppression of ironic messages due to concern for both the other and the self, (b) there is a need for mutual understanding of an attitude for ironic messages to be understood as ironic, and (c) the endorsement of ironic messages is designed to inflict harm to others."

In the special issue forum edited by Hample, scholars from the University of Illinois, Univeristy of Arizona and elsewhere considered "the chance that our theories and investigations can help people have better lives. This might be reflected in their relational satisfactions, their emotional or physical health, the opportunity to find peace in a challenging moment, or some other private benefit."

Communication MonographsCitations: Joshua M. Averbeck and Dale Hample, "Ironic Message Production: How and Why We Produce Ironic Messages,"Communication Monographs 75 (2008): 396-410; Dale Hample, ed., "Issue Forum: Can We Enhance People's Lives?," Communication Monographs 75 (2008): 319-350.

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