There’s an old joke floating around the communication discipline which implies that the people who are attracted to the study of communication tend to be the worst communicators. Judging by the National Communication Association’s (NCA) latest actions (or inactions), this may very well be the case.
1. If you are a solo author, chair, or respondent and are not registered for the convention by August, 6, your paper/panel will be removed from the printed and online program.
2. Are you a listed participant in the 2008 Convention Program?
Program Participant Registration Deadline: Wed., August 6, 2008
Hurry Register Today! Don’t Wait Until the Last Day!
3. There are two ways to register.
Mail/Fax – ALL PROGRAM PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE NCA NATIONAL OFFICE BY AUGUST 1st FOR PROCESSING! (Doesn’t NCA know all caps means shouting?)
4. Dear NCA member,
Q: What do the following books have in common?
– Cat in the Hat
– Guinness Book of World Records
– War and Peace
A: No one will find your name in these books.
Please don’t let this happen with the NCA Annual Convention Program Book. Register by August 6!”
When you consider that most of NCA’s members are communication professors who examine messages and their effects on an audience for a living, it goes without saying that these nagging reminders received a thorough critical review. As one professor put in on CRNET:
Note to the NCA office: You people may want to start reading some of the research published in your journals. Generating reactance and animosity from condescending, pushy, and annoying email messages—high in controlling language and low in positive and negative politeness—may gain you a short burst in compliance, but it will likely result in source derogation and a serious loss of referent power.