International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Digital Infrastructure, Liminality, and World-Making Via Asia

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Digital Infrastructure, Liminality, and World-Making Via Asia

Digital and “smart” infrastructures have been considered hallmarks of an ever more globalized future. They promise limitless, ubiquitous connectivity and radically inclusive data-driven governance that knows no outside. Yet how do these infrastructures remain invested with liminality? This Special Section on Digital Infrastructure, Liminality, and World-Making Via Asia, guest-edited by Rolien Hoyng, explores the role of liminality in infrastructural world-making at the very moment that the future of globalization appears less certain. Engaging the conjunction of imagined endings and beginnings, this special issue does not situate itself in Asia, per se, but traces infrastructures running “via Asia” that produce the spaces of Asia and beyond, its borders, and its extensions.  

The introduction outlines key dynamics of power and political possibility in digital infrastructure by discussing the “infrastructural politics of liminality.” The material multiplicity of infrastructures and the fact that they touch on something external that they do not fully control spur tensions and paradoxes of integration and disruption, convergence and excess. Infrastructural integration and data’s homolingualism should not be taken for granted but considered as sites of struggle. At every switch or extension, human and non-human, social and material forms of resistance can put smooth connectivity and infrastructural integrity in peril but also generate new socio-technical organizations.  

Eight authors explore various instances of liminality and their political import. They underscore boundaries and blockades in the logistical networks of both block trains and blockchains in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. They consider electronic waste processing and slow violence in the blind spots of our digitally surveilled world. They investigate the failure of smart city projects in India—which, however, does not stand in the way of extraction of value but gives way to financial and algorithmic speculation.  

Several authors unpack the coalescence and mutual affection between state power and digital infrastructure and the ways in which “leaky,” excessive communication is not simply liminal vis-a-vis state power but reinforces it through repression of dissent. Last, turning to political possibility, other authors explore socio-technical invention, in relation to food waste in Hong Kong, as well as tactical appropriation of security and logistical infrastructures by pro-refugee activists at the border of West Asia.  

We invite you to read these articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on June 7, 2021. Please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking to the papers of interest. We look forward to your feedback! 

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Digital Infrastructure, Liminality, and World-Making Via Asia: The Infrastructural Politics of Liminality—Introduction
Rolien Hoyng

On the Block Train: Rethinking Block Technologies on the YuXinOu Express
Tsvetelina Hristova, Brett Neilson, Ned Rossiter

Laboring in Electronic and Digital Waste Infrastructures: Colonial Temporalities of Violence in Asia
Evelyn Wan

Infrastructures of Extraction in the Smart City: Zones, Finance, and Platforms in New Town Kolkata
Ilia Antenucci

Gateways, Sieves, and Domes: On the Infrastructural Topology of the Chinese Stack 
Gabriele de Seta

(Dis)information Blackouts: Politics and Practices of Internet Shutdowns
Nishant Shah

Listening to Noise: Breadline—Food Rescue as System of Interruption
Daisy Tam

Resonant Ecologies: Reading Solidarity Transversally in the Mediterranean Sea
Monika Halkort

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Larry Gross, Editor
Arlene Luck, Founding Managing Editor  
Kady Bell-Garcia, Managing Editor
Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Special Sections
Rolien Hoyng, Guest Editor

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International Journal of Communication announces the publication of 17 papers that published in MAY

International Journal of Communication invites you to read these 17 papers that published in MAY

The International Journal of Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 17 papers in MAY 2021. To access these papers, Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.

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ARTICLES

American Spring: How Russian State Media Translate American Protests for an Arab Audience
Nathaniel Greenberg

“One Big Fake News”: Misinformation at the Intersection of User-Based and Legacy Media
Aya Yadlin, Oranit Klein Shagrir

Mediatized Realities of Migrants in a Comparative Perspective: Media Use, Deservingness, and Threat Perceptions in the United States and Western Europe
David De Coninck, Christine Ogan, Lars Willnat, Leen d’Haenens

Developing a Perceived Social Media Literacy Scale: Evidence from Singapore
Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Andrew Z. H. Yee, Jeremy Ong, James Chong Boi Lee, Duan Xu, Zheng Han, Chew Chee Han Matthew, Janelle Shaina Hui Yi Ng, Cui Min Lim, Lydia Rui Jun Cheng,Marie Ysa Cayabyab

Perception and Decision Making: A Multi-Technique Analysis of Campaign Posters in the 2019 Bogotá Mayoral Election
Laura Nadal, Iria Bello Viruega, Neyla Pardo

An Examination of Factors Influencing National Reputation of India Among South Asians on Social Media
Nisha Garud-Patkar

The Power of Fear in Prevention Campaigns: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Loss and Coping Appeals on Pickpocketing Prevention Behavior
Thomas N. Friemel, Dennis Reichow

The “Gentleman-like” Anne Lister on Gentleman Jack: Queerness, Class, and Prestige in “Quality” Period Dramas
Eve Ng

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as Postcolonial Fantasy: Disney, Labor, and the Renegotiation of Border Discourses
Diana Leon-Boys, Christopher Chávez

Social Capital and Venture Creation: Identifying Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Chinese Digital Game Industry
Gejun Huang

Mass Media and the Attraction of the Arts in Small-Size Global Cities: The (Re)Distribution of Cultural Capital
Christian Lamour, Nathalie Lorentz

Discussing Political Issues in a Private Setting: An Examination of the Diwaniya as a Forum for Political Communication in Kuwait
Uche Onyebadi

FEATURE

Telesafaris, WildEarth Television, and the Future of Tourism
Ian Glenn

BOOK REVIEWS

Nicole Stremlau, Media, Conflict and the State in Africa
Allison Hailey Hahn

Philip M. Napoli, Social Media and the Public Interest: Media Regulation in the Disinformation Age
Allison Perlman

Numbers That Matter in Journalism: How to Use Numbers Effectively and Ethically
Gyo Hyun Koo

Lana Swartz, New Money: How Payment Became Social Media
Julien Mailland

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Larry Gross, Editor
Arlene Luck, Founding Managing Editor  
Kady Bell-Garcia, Managing Editor
Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Special Sections

Please note that according to the latest Google Scholar statistics, IJoC ranks 3rd among all Humanities journals and 5th among all Communications journals — demonstrating the viability of open access scholarly publication at the highest level. 

International Journal of Communication announces the publication of 23 papers that published in APRIL

International Journal of Communication invites you to read these 23 papers that published in APRIL

The International Journal of Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 23 papers in APRIL 2021. To access these papers, Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.

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ARTICLES

Invasive Species of the App Ecosystem: Exploring the Political Economy of Mobile Communication
Signe Sophus Lai, Sofie Flensburg

Discursive Media Institutionalism: Assessing Vivien A. Schmidt’s Framework and Its Value for Media and Communication Studies
Sarah Anne Ganter, Maria Löblich

An Inclination for Intimacy: Depictions of Mental Health and Interpersonal Interaction in Popular Film
Julius Matthew Riles, Michelle Funk, Brandon Miller, Ethan Morrow

Sarcasm Beyond Hate Speech: Facebook Comments on Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Tirşe Erbaysal Filibeli, Can Ertuna

Weaving Mediation and Embodiment: The Media Ethnographer as Figurations of Mediation
Frédérik Lesage, Alberto Lusoli

(Mis)informed During COVID-19: How Education Level and Information Sources Contribute to Knowledge Gaps
Tiziano Gerosa, Marco Gui, Eszter Hargittai, Minh Hao Nguyen

The Liberalization Process of Satire in Postauthoritarian Democracies: Potentials and Limits in Mexico’s Network Television
Martín Echeverría, Frida V. Rodelo

Political Systems and Political Networks: The Structure of Parliamentarians’ Retweet Networks in 19 Countries
Livia van Vliet, Petter Törnberg, Justus Uitermark

Covering Populist Media Criticism: When Journalists’ Professional Norms Turn Against Them
Ayala Panievsky

Death Across the News Spectrum: A Time Series Analysis of Partisan Coverage Following Mass Shootings in the United States Between 2012 and 2014
Ayellet Pelled, Josephine Lukito, Jordan Foley, Yini Zhang, Zhongkai Sun, Jon C.W. Pevehouse, Dhavan V. Shah

Parents’ Social Uses of Mobile Phones in Public Places: The Case of Eateries in Two National Contexts
Nelly Elias, Dafna Lemish

A Non-Media-Centric Approach to Mediatization: Digital Orientations in the Livesof Football Fans
Michael Skey, Solomon Waliaula

Factors Influencing Internet Health Information Seeking In India: An Applicationof the Comprehensive Model of Information Seeking
Shaohai Jiang, Iccha Basnyat, Piper Liping Liu

Social Media and Work: A Framework of Eight Intersections
Christoffer Bagger

Historicizing Internet Regulation in China: A Meta-Analysis of Chinese InternetPolicies (1994–2017)
Weishan Miao, Min Jiang, Yunxia Pang

The Unmaking of Collective Action: Changing Organizing Logics in Civil SocietyOrganizations Through Social Media Activism Culture
Suay Melisa Özkula

Intersectional Technopolitics in Social Movement and Media Activism
Sandra Jeppesen

Technofutures in Stasis: Smart Machines, Ubiquitous Computing, and the Future That Keeps Coming Back
Sun-ha Hong

Exploring China’s Digitalization of Public Diplomacy on Weibo and Twitter: A Case Study of the U.S.–China Trade War
Zhao Alexandre Huang, Rui Wang

Feminism Without Morality, Neoliberalism as Feminist Praxis: A Computational Textual Analysis of Womad, a South Korean Online “Feminist” Community
JiHae Koo, Minchul Kim

BOOK REVIEWS

María Elena Placencia and Zohreh R. Eslami (Eds.), Complimenting Behavior and (Self-)Praise Across Social Media: New Contexts and New Insights
Mian Jia, Yi An

Stephen Bates, An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Niebuhr, and the Committee That Redefined Freedom of the Press
Niall P. Stephens

Joe Karaganis (Ed.), Shadow Libraries: Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education
Catherine Cassara

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Larry Gross, Editor
Arlene Luck, Founding Managing Editor  
Kady Bell-Garcia, Managing Editor
Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Special Sections

Please note that according to the latest Google Scholar statistics, IJoC ranks 3rd among all Humanities journals and 5th among all Communications journals — demonstrating the viability of open access scholarly publication at the highest level. 

International Journal of Communication announces the publication of 26 papers that published in MARCH

International Journal of Communication invites you to read these 26 papers that published in MARCH

The International Journal of Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 26 papers in MARCH 2021. To access these papers, Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.

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ARTICLES

The Platformization of Propaganda: How Xuexi Qiangguo Expands Persuasion and Assesses Citizens in China
Fan Liang, Yuchen Chen, Fangwei Zhao

Probing Interfaces: New Games, Spacewar!, and the Gamification of Complexity
Renyi Hong

Cultural Production in Transnational Culture: An Analysis of Cultural Creators in the Korean Wave
Dal Yong Jin

Examining Avoidance of Ongoing Political Issues in the News: A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Audience Issue Fatigue
Gwendolin Gurr, Julia Metag

Algorithm Awareness as an Important Internet Skill: The Case of Voice Assistants
Jonathan Gruber, Eszter Hargittai, Gökçe Karaoglu, Lisa Brombach

Public Engagement Model to Analyze Digital Diplomacy on Twitter: A Social Media Analytics Framework
M. Laeeq Khan, Muhammad Ittefaq, Yadira Ixchel Martínez Pantoja, Muhammad Mustafa Raziq, Aqdas Malik

A Critical Analysis of the Digitization of Healthcare Communication in the EU: A Comparison of Italy, Finland, Norway, and Spain
Robert Wallace Vaagan, Sinikka Torkkola, Anna Sendra, Jordi Farré, Alessandro Lovari

“It’s Do or Die”: Cultural Labor, Competitive Reality TV, and the Reproduction of Neoliberal Capitalism    
Aiden James Kosciesza

Politics and Incivility in the Online Comments: What is Beyond the Norm-Violation Approach?
Gabriella Szabó, Zoltán Kmetty, Emese K. Molnár

Narrative Persuasion in a Mobile Environment: Effectiveness of a Mobile Application for Promoting Digital Skills and Coping Strategies in Adolescents
Isabel Rodríguez-de-Dios, Juan-José Igartua, Leen d’Haenens

Tech Companies and Public Health Care in the Ruins of COVID
ShinJoung Yeo

Cross-Cutting Scanning, Integrating, and Interacting: Dimensions of Cross-Cutting Exposure on Social Media and Political Participation
Jihyang Choi

The Influence of Social TV Multitasking Behavior on the Effectiveness of Cross-Media Advertising
Cheng-Hsuan Lin, Hui-Fei Lin, Benjamin Yeo, Pei-Chih Lin

Living With Everyday Evaluations on Social Media Platforms
Blake Hallinan, Jed R. Brubaker

I Provoke Therefore I Am: Cross-Border Mediatizations of Femen’s “Sextremist” Protest
Mariam Betlemidze, Kevin Michael DeLuca

What Time Is It? History and Typology of Time Signals From the Telegraph to the Digital
Maria Rikitianskaia, Gabriele Balbi

Losers, Villains, and Violence: Political Attacks, Incivility, and Support for Political Violence
Ashley Muddiman, Benjamin R. Warner, Amy Schumacher-Rutherford

BOOK REVIEWS

Ergin Bulut, A Precarious Game: The Illusion of Dream Jobs in the Video Game Industry
Adem Yeşilyurt

Laura DeNardis, Derrick L. Cogburn, Nanette S. Levinson, and Francesca Musiani (Eds.), Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures
Thomas Jamieson

Sara Polak and Daniel Trottier (Eds.), Violence and Trolling on Social Media: History, Affect, and Effects of Online Vitriol
Myles W. Mason

Rauf Arif, Movements for Change: How Individuals, Social Media and Al-Jazeera Are Changing Pakistan, Egypt and Tunisia
Muhammad Ittefaq


Stephen D. Reese, The Crisis of the Institutional Press
Yang Cheng

Maxwell McCombs and Sebastián Valenzuela, Setting the Agenda: Mass Media and Public Opinion (3rd ed.)
Yang Cheng

Marilyn DeLaure and Moritz Fink (Eds.), Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance
Derek Moscato


Krishnamurthy Sriramesh and Dejan Verčič (Eds.), The Global Public Relations Handbook: Theory, Research, and Practice (3rd ed.)
Roxana D. Maiorescu-Murphy

Claudia Mellado, Lea Hellmueller, and Wolfgang Donsbach (Eds.), Journalistic Role Performance: Concepts, Contexts, and Methods
Ruth Moon

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Larry Gross, Editor
Arlene Luck, Founding Managing Editor  
Kady Bell-Garcia, Managing Editor
Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Special Sections

Please note that according to the latest Google Scholar statistics, IJoC ranks 3rd among all Humanities journals and 5th among all Communications journals — demonstrating the viability of open access scholarly publication at the highest level. 

International Journal of Communication announces the publication of 31 papers that published in FEBRUARY

International Journal of Communication invites you to read these 31 papers that published in FEBRUARY

The International Journal of Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 31 papers in February 2021, which includes the “Special Section on Comparative Approaches to Mis/Disinformation.” To access these papers, Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking or go to ijoc.org to read the Special Section.

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ARTICLES

Adaptation of Scripted Television Formats: Factors and Mechanisms of Cultural Identity in a Global World
Isabel Villegas-Simón, María T. Soto-Sanfiel

Communicative Forms on TikTok: Perspectives From Digital Ethnography
Andreas Schellewald

Enhanced Experiences in Interactive Nonfiction: An Experimental Study on the Effects of Nonlinearity and Interactivity
Jorge Vázquez-Herrero

Newspaper Advertising in a Nontransparent Media Market: The Case of Iraqi Kurdistan (2014–2018)
Jiyan Faris, Pieter Maeseele, Kevin Smets

The Game of Life: How Playing Gamified Interactive Narratives Affects Career Planning in Cambodia
Lauren B. Frank, Paul Sparks, Sheila T. Murphy, Lizzie Goodfriend, Paul Falzone

What “Emergency Sources” Expect From Journalists: Applying the Hierarchy of Influences Model to Disaster News Coverage
Daniela Grassau, Sebastián Valenzuela, Soledad Puente

Virtue Ethics and a Technomoral Framework for Online Activism
Joe Cruz, Patrick Lee Plaisance

Aging: The Two Faces of Janus in Digital Inclusion?
Panayiota Tsatsou

On the Limits of Platform-Centric Research: YouTube, ASMR, and Affordance Bilingualism
Jessica Maddox

Role of Public WhatsApp Groups Within the Hindutva Ecosystem of Hate and Narratives of “CoronaJihad”
Fathima Nizaruddin

The Resonant Chants of Networked Discourse: Affective Publics and the Muslim Self in Turkey
Haktan Ural

Alienation, Ideology, and Power in the Metaphors Depicting the Economic Crisis in the Media
Eleonora Piromalli

The Effects of Message Order and Debiasing Information in Misinformation Correction
Yue Dai, Wenting Yu, Fei Shen

Press Freedom and Media Reform in a Populist Regime: How Ecuadorian Journalists and Policy Actors See the Correa Era
Manel Palos Pons, Daniel C. Hallin

Keeping the Gates on Twitter: Interactivity and Sourcing Habits of Lebanese Traditional Media
Claudia Kozman, Raluca Cozma

Monopolizing the Democratic Dream: The Struggle Over a Free Press in East Germany 1989/1990
Mandy Tröger

FEATURE

COVID-19 and the Long Revolution
Chad Van De Wiele, Zizi Papacharissi

BOOK REVIEWS

Wazhmah Osman, Television and the Afghan Culture Wars: Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists
Joseph Oliver Boyd-Barrett

James Fredal, The Enthymeme: Syllogism, Reasoning, and Narrative in Ancient Greek Rhetoric
Thomas A. Discenna

Sun-ha Hong, Technologies of Speculation: The Limits of Knowledge in a Data-Driven Society
Roselyn Du

Bing Tong, Journalism and Communication in China and the West: A Study of History, Education and Regulation
Wei Zhang

Evan S. Michelson, Philanthropy and the Future of Science and Technology
Jermaine Anthony Richards

Ursula Plesner and Emil Husted, Digital Organizing: Revising Themes in Organization Studies
Alejandro Alvarado Rojas

Laura DeNardis, The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch
Martha Isabel Falencik

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Larry Gross, Editor
Arlene Luck, Founding Managing Editor  
Kady Bell-Garcia, Managing Editor
Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Special Sections

Please note that according to the latest Google Scholar statistics, IJoC ranks 3rd among all Humanities journals and 5th among all Communications journals in the world — demonstrating the viability of open access scholarly publication at the highest level.