our organizational communication practices. Ask students to consider how technology can have negative impli-
cations for our culture and communities.
Craigslist Joe (2012, 90 minutes, Not Rated). This documentary follows one individual who wanted to see if
America’s sense of community was still alive in the midst of a significant economic downturn. He set out to live
solely on the support that he could find through Craigslist. This documentary challenges your students to think
about the connection between community and culture, particularly as it relates to using resources like Craigslist.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006, 110 minutes, Rated PG-13). Miranda Priestly controls the corporate culture of
her fashion magazine. Consider why people are so afraid to disappoint her. How does Miranda identify people?
How does her management style contribute to the organizational culture?
TV-14). Both of these episodes are considered to be some of the highest rated from this award-winning work-
place comedy. Either episode provides a nice illustration of organizational culture concepts, including meta-
phors, rituals, and heroes/heroines.
Scrubs: “My Life in Four Cameras” (2005, Season 4, Episode 17, 22 minutes, Rated TV-PG). A hospital serves
as an organizational backdrop for this workplace comedy. In this episode, the relationship between culture and
organization is explored in some interesting ways when the staff discovers that their patient is a famous comedy
Spotlight (2015, 129 minutes, Rated R). This Academy Award–winning movie chronicles the work of the
Boston Globe’s investigative journalist team, Spotlight, as they uncover the culture of secrecy in the Catholic
Church. This movie has many illustrations about organizational communication. The dialogue among the
Spotlight team members and with those investigated is used in the movie to define the organizational
communication structure in the Church. The organizational communication structure of the Catholic Church
could be an active discussion point among students.
Ugly Betty: “The Box and the Bunny” (2006, Season 1, Episode 2, 43 minutes, Rated TV-PG). This comedy
focuses on an “ugly duckling” who often serves as a heroine in her fashion magazine workplace. This episode
provides some interesting examples of stories, rituals, artifacts, and performances when Betty accidentally loses
“the book” (the rough cut of the magazine’s next edition).
Behind the Southwest Airlines Culture (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenmakovsky/2013/11/21/behind-the-
southwest-airlines-culture/#7530bdff3fb9). Look for the secret of this airline’s success. Forbes magazine online
interviewed Ginger Hardage, chief communications officer of Southwest Airlines, about the company’s successful