Public Speaking in the 21st Century

Public Speaking in the 21st Century
As teachers we’re faced with the realization that students raised on digital technologies, smart phones, hot spots, and Comedy Central yearn to connect with educational content through more diverse and engaging digital forms. Public Speaking in the 21st Century is the first “born digital” public speaking textbook in which text functions as but one important platform for students to engage. Equal parts book, film, animation, role-playing and always interactive, this “textbook experience” will have your students talking, your lectures popping, and the world of public speaking recalibrated and re-engineered for our digital age.

Follow Laura, her roommates, T.A. Robert and a host of other characters as they navigate their way through public speaking. Read along as Aristotle gets a uniquely American update and the Sophists at last get their pedagogical say. Watch as YouTube and other web-based digital content gets leveraged for illustrative effect. And perhaps best of all, know that our dynamic platform is always ready to be customized to reflect your own needs as a teacher of this ancient (and harrowing) art. Owned and operated by professors, Flip Learning’s Public Speaking in the 21st Century promises to forever change the way you and your students experience textbooks.

New Content in Public Speaking in the 21st Century “2.0”

Available in February 2019

  • Updates on how to spot “fake news” and questionable sources.
  • Updated popular culture examples and current event-driven public speeches across every chapter.
  • Extended analysis of Parkland High School graduate Emma González’s speech at the Broward County Courthouse on February 17, 2018.
  • Preface on how the Trump Administration’s rhetorical practices affect the teaching of public speaking, and updates on evidence and persuasion using recent Trump examples.
  • Brief documentary film highlighting how college student Carly Hellstrom turned public speaking into public policy activism to ultimately change Florida’s “revenge pornography” laws.
  • New coverage of computer-mediated platforms and best practices for public speaking using tools such as Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts.
  • New and updated links to videos and content, visuals, and quiz questions throughout the text.

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Book Authors

Davis Houck
Davis Houck is professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University. He has authored several books on the American civil rights movement, including Emmett Till (with Matthew A. Grindy) and the Mississippi Press and Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965 (with David E. Dixon). His earlier scholarship focused on American presidential rhetoric, and includes Rhetoric as Currency: Hoover, Roosevelt and the Great Depression, which won the 2002 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Prize for the best book in American public address. In addition, his widely acclaimed history of Roosevelt's first inaugural address, Fear Itself, was submitted for the Pulitzer Prize in history. Away from school, Houck enjoys playing golf, gardening and contemplating the mystery of the area's magnificent Live Oaks.