Ben Attias (Ph.D., 1997, University of Iowa) is Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. His research is primarily in the areas of rhetorical studies, cultural studies, performance studies, freedom of speech, and critical theory. The emphasis of much of his work is on the rhetorical analysis of mass mediated events. He has written on media coverage of the war in the Gulf, the politics of psychoanalysis, the rhetoric and politics of hip-hop culture, the history of sexuality, the war on drugs, and the war on terrorism. He has also been a DJ for over twenty years and an active participant in DJ culture.