IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Critical Rhetoric

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on Critical Rhetoric

Guest-edited by Raymie E. McKerrow and Art Herbig, this Special Section on Critical Rhetoric: Thirty Years Later investigates the contemporary relevance of what has become known as the Critical Rhetoric Project. This Special Section brings together eight original papers (plus an editorial introduction) with original interview footage with the authors produced by Art Herbig and Alix Watson.

Critical Rhetoric

This Special Section focuses on the primary question:  What are the contemporary limits and future potential of critical rhetoric as an orientation toward criticism?

Critical Rhetoric assumes an orientation toward public events that focuses primary attention on critiques of either or both forces of domination (freedom from oppression) and freedom (freedom to create new relations of power). In taking the role of a critic, the critical rhetorician demystifies the power relations that underly domination as well as those power relations that may promote new relations. This is done with the knowledge that once instantiated, any new relations of power will also be open to renewed critique.

The articles examine diverse ways in which a critical orientation toward power relations is manifest. Topics include the role of forgiveness, the possibilities of collaboration or direct participation in public events as one critiques, how social activism and social media impact power relations, as well as an alternative perspective that offers a corrective to the limits of a critical orientation. All eight essays, in different ways, enlarge the scope and utility of continued work that draws from a critical orientation toward the effects of power. This Special Section serves a heuristic function in promoting new research trajectories.

We invite you to read these articles on Critical Rhetoric that published in the International Journal of Communication  on February 2, 2020. Please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct hyperlinking.

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Critical Rhetoric — Introduction
Raymie E. McKerrow, Art Herbig

Between Critical and Rhetoric: McKerrow’s Contribution to Contemporary Critical Practice
Brandon M. Daniels, Kendall R. Phillips   

Critical Rhetoric, Relationality, and Temporality: A Case for Forgiveness
Tony E. Adams

Critical Rhetoric and Collaboration: Missing Principle #9 and ProfsDop.com
Art Herbig, Andrew F. Herrmann, Alix R. Watson , Adam W. Tyma, joan miller

(Participatory) Critical Rhetoric: Critiqued and Reconsidered
Aaron Hess, Samantha Senda-Cook, Michael K. Middleton, Danielle Endres

Toward Social Justice Activism Critical Rhetoric Scholarship
Lawrence R. Frey, Joshua S. Hanan

The Critique of Domination and the Critique of Freedom: A Gramscian Perspective — Commentary
Dana L. Cloud

Critical Rhetoric in the Age of the (First) Reality TV President: A Critique of Freedom and Domination
Jennifer C. Dunn

Privileged Vulnerability: Embodied Pedagogy as Critical Rhetorical Praxis
Danielle M. Stern, Katherine J. Denker   ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Larry Gross
Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor 

Raymie E. McKerrow, Art Herbig
Guest Editors

IJoC Publishes 67 Papers in January 2020

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International Journal of Communication
is pleased to announce the publication of
67 papers that published in JANUARY

The International Journal Communication is pleased to share with you 67 papers that published in January 2020 — including the Special Forum Section “On Writing in Communication and Media Studies” guest-edited by Pablo J. Boczkowski and Michael S. Delli Carpini.  To access the papers listed below, please Ctrl+Click on the titles for direct hyperlinking. We look forward to your feedback!

Note:  According to Google Scholar statistics, IJoC 2nd among all Humanities, Literature & Arts journals, and 4th among all Communication journals.

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ARTICLES

Algorithmic Knowledge Gaps: A New Horizon of (Digital) Inequality
Kelley Cotter, Bianca C. Reisdorf 

Socialization, Face Negotiation, Identity, and the United States Military
Maria Shpeer, William T. Howe

Online Social Connectedness and Anxiety Among Older Adults
Amanda Hunsaker, Eszter Hargittai, Anne Marie Piper

#depression: Singaporean Muslim Women Navigating Mental Health on Social Media
Nurhaizatul Jamil

The State of Press Freedom in Uganda
Meghan Sobel, Karen McIntyre

When Paper Goes Viral: Handmade Signs as Vernacular Materiality in Digital Space
Andrew Peck, Katie Day Good

Committed Listener Groups and Media Participation in Francophone West Africa
Etienne Damome

Warning: Notifications About Crime on Campus May Have Unwanted Effects
Amy A. Hasinoff, Patrick M. Krueger 

Teenagers, Terrorism, and Technopanic: How British Newspapers Framed Female ISIS Recruits as Victims of Social Media
Sara Shaban

Online Civic Intervention: A New Form of Political Participation Under Conditions of a Disruptive Online Discourse
Pablo Porten-Cheé, Marlene Kunst, Martin Emmer

Disaffection, Anger, and Sarcasm: Exploring the Postrevolutionary Digital Public Sphere in Egypt
Eugenia Siapera, May Alaa Abdel Mohty

Pushing a Political Agenda: Harassment of French and African Journalists in Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010-2011 National Election Crisis
Jeslyn Lemke

Video Screen Interfaces as New Sites of Media Circulation Power
David Hesmondhalgh, Amanda D. Lotz

Parasocial Contact’s Effects on Relations Between Minority Groups in a Multiracial Context
Chanjung Kim, Jake Harwood

Three Peasants Fight for Freedom: Radio and the United States’ Cultural Cold War in Latin America
Yeidy M. Rivero

“Obstinate Partisanship”: Political Discussion Attributes Effects on the Development of Unconditional Party Loyalty
Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, Homero Gil de Zúñiga

Understanding Americans’ Perceptions of Nuclear Weapons Risk and Subsequent Behavior
Ashley Lytle, Kristyn Karl 

An Examination of Uncivil and Reasoned Comments and Perceived Civility in Politics
Masahiro Yamamoto, Francis Dalisay, Matthew J. Kushin

Farming in the Face of Uncertainty: How Colombian Coffee Farmers Conceptualize and Communicate Their Experiences With Climate Change
Natalie J. Lambert, Jessica Eise 

Women’s Responses to Online Harassment
Kalyani Chadha, Linda Steiner, Jessica Vitak, Zahra Ashktorab

The Children of the Revolution, the Nation’s Future: Understanding the Multigenerational Audience of the Rock in Rio Music Festival
Juliana Müller

Spoofing Presidential Hopefuls: The Roles of Affective Disposition and Positive Emotions in Prompting the Social Transmission of Debate Parody
Jason T. Peifer, Kristen D. Landreville 

The Impact of Social Networks and Privacy on Electronic Word-of-Mouth in Facebook: Exploring Gender Differences
Namsoo Park, Yoojung Kim 

LGBTs In, Muslims Out: Homonationalist Discourses and Counterdiscourses in the Flemish Press
Alexander Dhoest  

Digital Platform Policy and Regulation: Toward a Radical Democratic Turn
Bart Cammaerts, Robin Mansell

When Platform Capitalism Meets Petty Capitalism in China: Alibaba and an Integrated Approach to Platformization
Lin Zhang

The Construction of Country Images and Stereotypes: From Public Views to Google Searches
Diana Ingenhoff, Elad Segev, Jérôme Chariatte 

The European Refugee Crisis Discourse in the Spanish Press: Mapping Humanization and Dehumanization Frames Through Metaphors
Marta Montagut, Carlota M. Moragas-Fernández

Tone and Threats on Television Over Time: A Longitudinal Analysis of News About Roma in Flanders (2003‒2017)
Laura Jacobs

The Role of Different TV Storytelling Approaches in Engaging U.S. Hispanic Parents and Caregivers Around Early Childhood Development
Caty Borum Chattoo, Lauren Feldman, Amy Henderson Riley

Collectivindualism and Shadow Players: Palestinian Youth, Social Media, and Hamas’s Communications Strategies
Harel Chorev Halewa


BOOK REVIEWS

Monica Boria, Ángeles Carreres, Mara Noriega-Sánchez, and Marcus Tomalin, Translation and Multimodality: Beyond Words
Qin Huang, Yajun Wang 

James Meese, Authors, Users, and Pirates: Copyright Law and Subjectivity
Jared Hansen

Mike Baynham and Tong King Lee, Translation and Translanguaging
Jing Li, Lei Li

Andrew Herrmann and Art Herbig (Eds.), Communication Perspectives on Popular Culture
John Chapin

José van Dijck, Thomas Poell, and Martijn de Waal, The Platform Society: Public Values in a Connective World
Andrea Miconi

Yun Xiao and Linda Tsung (Eds.), Current Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse: Global Context and Diverse Perspective
Chao Lu

Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts, Getting Through: The Pleasures and Perils of Cross-Cultural Communication
Seif Sekalala

Amanda Laugesen, and Richard Gehrmann (Eds.), Communication, Interpreting and Language in Wartime: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Gaoxin Li

Mat Callahan and Jim Rogers (Eds.), A Critical Guide to Intellectual Property
Peter Beattie

Julian Hopkins, Monetizing the Dividual Self: The Emergence of the Lifestyle Blog and Influencers in Malaysia
Sean T. Leavey

Jennifer Malkowski, Dying in Full Detail: Mortality and Digital Documentary
Emily West

Xiao Liu, Information Fantasies: Precarious Mediation in Postsocialist China
Yue Zhao

Mark S. Hamm and Ramón Spaaij, Hamm and Spaaij’s The Age of Lone Wolf Terrorism
Brian Hughes

Indrek Ibrus (Ed.), Emergence of Cross-Innovation Systems: Audiovisual Industries Co-Innovating with Education, Health Care and Tourism
Ke M. Huang-Isherwood

Tal Morse, The Mourning News: Reporting Violent Death in a Global Age
Jeanna Sybert 

Ramon Lobato, Netflix Nations: The Geography of Digital Distribution
Maxwell Foxman

Kaitlynn Mendes, Jessica Ringrose, and Jessalynn Keller, Digital Feminist Activism: Girls and Women Fight Back Against Rape Culture
Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh

Dale Herbeck and Susan J. Drucker (Eds.), Communication and the Baseball Stadium: Community, Commodification, Fanship, and Memory
Elysia Galindo-Ramirez

Tara McPherson, Feminist in a Software Lab: Difference and Design
Samantha Shorey

Roderick P. Hart, Civic Hope: How Ordinary Americans Keep Democracy Alive
Andrea Quenette

Edward Janak and Ludovic A. Sourdot (Eds.), Educating Through Popular Culture: You’re Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics
Jeanette B. Ruiz

George Pullman, Writing Online: Rhetoric for the Digital Age
Diane P. Janes

Benjamin Rex LaPoe II and Victoria L. LaPoe, Resistance Advocacy as News: Digital Black Press Covers the Tea Party
Florence Madenga

Tijana Milosevic, Protecting Children Online? Cyberbullying Policies of Social Media Companies
Atika Alkhallouf

Patrizia Anesa, Lexical Innovation in World Englishes: Cross-fertilization and Evolving Paradigms
Gaoxin Li, Fan Ye

Özlem Berk Albachten and Şehnaz Tahir Gürçağlar (Eds.), Studies from a Retranslation Culture: The Turkish Context
Yan Wang

Dennis Broe, Birth of the Binge: Serial TV and the End of Leisure
Frederick Wasser

Regina Luttrell and Jamie Ward, A Practical Guide to Ethics in Public Relations
Dennis S. Gouran

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Larry Gross
Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor                                                                  

 

IJoC Publishes Special Forum Section “On Writing in Communication and Media Studies”

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Forum Section
“On Writing in Communication and Media Studies”

 

Why do we write? What do we write? Whom do we write for?

Pencil

Writing is a fundamental part of what we do as scholars, and yet it is a largely unexamined process at best, informally addressed in the course of a learning-by-doing process. While this is true of most academic disciplines, it is somewhat ironic for one whose focus is on the importance of communication.

This IJoC Special Forum explores the complex, multifaceted process of writing in Communication and Media Studies, unpacking the institutional and personal factors that shape answers to questions such as those above. Intentionally conversational in its format, we do so by starting with an essay by the forum’s guest editors, Pablo J. Boczkowski and Michael X. Delli Carpini. They reflect on evolving trends in scholarly writing, focusing on the purpose, advantages, and drawbacks of specific forms of writing such as refereed journal articles, books and book chapters, edited volumes, conference papers, blogs and social media, and co-authorship. They conclude by inviting a conversation on how we — as individuals and as an academic community — can maintain our emphasis on quality and impact as the foremost goals of scholarly writing, while acknowledging the variety of writing practices enacted to achieve them.

The Forum includes Boczkowski and Delli Carpini’s essay, an introduction, and six invited responses written by tenured colleagues with significant diversity in terms of stage in career development, theoretical and methodological orientation, areas of interest, and identity and cultural positionalities. Each essay offers provocative critiques of the points raised by Boczkowski and Delli Carpini, and makes important contributions to this both timely and timeless topic.

We invite you to read this new Special Forum Section that published January 1, 2020 in the International Journal of Communication.  If you wish to share your own reactions, experiences, and insights to this engaging and impactful discussion, please contact Pablo Boczkowski and Michael Delli Carpini. We look forward to your feedback.

Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.

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On Writing in Communication and Media Studies
Pablo J. Boczkowski, Michael X. Delli Carpini

On Writing in Communication and Media Studies – Introduction to the Forum
Pablo J. Boczkowski, Michael X. Delli Carpini

On Writing and Academic Conventions
Silvio Waisbord

Writing As a Satisfying Endeavor
Ingrid Bachmann

Challenges to Writing as a Humanities-Based Media Studies Scholar
Susan J. Douglas

Two Brief Points on Publication Impact
Deen Freelon

On Writing, Surviving, and Thriving in Communication and Media Studies
Brooke Foucault Welles

A “Modest Proposal” on Writing That Is Not Modest Enough
Noshir Contractor
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Larry Gross
Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Pablo J. Bockowski,  Michael Delli X. Carpini
Guest Editors

IJoC announces the publication of 18 papers that published in NOVEMBER

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The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 18 papers in November 2019. To access these papers, Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.

Sending you our best wishes and thoughts for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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ARTICLES

The Influence of Channel, Flooding, and Repair on Effective Couple Conflict Communication
Nicole Kashian

Found Footage and the Speculative Economy of Attention
Sungyong Ahn

Populist Time: Mediating Immediacy and Delay in Liberal Democracy
Henrik Bødker, Chris Anderson

Socio-Psychological Recovery From Disasters Through the Neighborhood Storytelling Network: Empirical Research in Shinchimachi, Fukushima
Joo-Young Jung

Portrait of a Crisis: The Crucial Role of News Media Coverage and Perceived Effectiveness of a New Party
Joost Van Spanje, Rachid Azrout 

Materializing Ethical Matters of Concern: Practicing Ethics in a Refugee Camp
Frederik Matte, Nicolas Bencherki 

Parliament Against Government and Industry: How Switzerland Decided to Implement Net Neutrality Against All Odds
Natascha Just, Manuel Puppis

The Carrier Wave Principle
Aram Sinnreich, Jesse Gilbert  

Motivated Circulation: How Misinformation and Ideological Alignment Influence the Circulation of Political Content
Benjamin Bowyer, Joseph Kahne 

When Disinformation Studies Meets Production Studies: Social Identities and Moral Justifications in the Political Trolling Industry
Jonathan Corpus Ong, Jason Cabanes

Material Mediations Complicate Communication Privacy Management: The Case of Wilma in Finnish High Schools
Asko Lehmuskallio, Airi Lampinen

The Korean Wave (Hallyu) and Its Cultural Translation by Fans in Qatar
Saadia Izzeldin Malik 

FEATURES

The Mobile Archive of the Self: On the Interplay Between Aesthetics and Metrics Modes of Communication
Mette Mortensen, Stine Lomborg

Against the Vast Wasteland: A Conversation with Former FCC Chairman Newton Minow
Victor Pickard, Pawel Popiel

BOOK REVIEWS

Khadijah Costly White, The Branding of Right Wing Activism
Paul Elliott Johnson

Sender Dovchin, Alastair Pennycook, and Shaila Sultana, Popular Culture, Voice and Linguistic Diversity Young Adults On-and Offline
Jinghe Zhao, Jiayu Wang

Ronald C. Arnett, Levinas’s Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics
Dennis S. Gouran

Julie E. Cohen, Between Truth and Power: The Legal Constructions of Informational Capitalism
Patricia Aufderheide

Please note that according to the latest Google Scholar 2019 statistics, IJoC now ranks 2nd among all Humanities journals and 5th among all Communications journals in the world — demonstrating the viability of non-commercial open access scholarly publication at the highest level.

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Larry Gross
Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor          

IJoC Publishes a Special Forum Section “On Writing in Communication and Media Studies”

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Forum Section
“On Writing in Communication and Media Studies”

Why do we write? What do we write? Whom do we write for?

Pencil

Writing is a fundamental part of what we do as scholars, and yet it is a largely unexamined process at best, informally addressed in the course of a learning-by-doing process. While this is true of most academic disciplines, it is somewhat ironic for one whose focus is on the importance of communication.

This IJoC Special Forum explores the complex, multifaceted process of writing in Communication and Media Studies, unpacking the institutional and personal factors that shape answers to questions such as those above. Intentionally conversational in its format, we do so by starting with an essay by the forum’s guest editors, Pablo J. Boczkowski and Michael X. Delli Carpini. They reflect on evolving trends in scholarly writing, focusing on the purpose, advantages, and drawbacks of specific forms of writing such as refereed journal articles, books and book chapters, edited volumes, conference papers, blogs and social media, and co-authorship. They conclude by inviting a conversation on how we — as individuals and as an academic community — can maintain our emphasis on quality and impact as the foremost goals of scholarly writing, while acknowledging the variety of writing practices enacted to achieve them.

The Forum includes Boczkowski and Delli Carpini’s essay, an introduction, and six invited responses written by tenured colleagues with significant diversity in terms of stage in career development, theoretical and methodological orientation, areas of interest, and identity and cultural positionalities. Each essay offers provocative critiques of the points raised by Boczkowski and Delli Carpini, and makes important contributions to this both timely and timeless topic.

We invite you to read this new Special Forum Section that published January 1, 2020 in the International Journal of Communication.  If you wish to share your own reactions, experiences, and insights to this engaging and impactful discussion, please contact Pablo Boczkowski and Michael Delli Carpini. We look forward to your feedback.

Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.
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On Writing in Communication and Media Studies
Pablo J. Boczkowski, Michael X. Delli Carpini

On Writing in Communication and Media Studies – Introduction to the Forum
Pablo J. Boczkowski, Michael X. Delli Carpini

On Writing and Academic Conventions
Silvio Waisbord

Writing As a Satisfying Endeavor
Ingrid Bachmann

Challenges to Writing as a Humanities-Based Media Studies Scholar
Susan J. Douglas

Two Brief Points on Publication Impact
Deen Freelon

On Writing, Surviving, and Thriving in Communication and Media Studies
Brooke Foucault Welles

A “Modest Proposal” on Writing That Is Not Modest Enough
Noshir Contractor
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Larry Gross
Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Pablo J. Bockowski,  Michael Delli X. Carpini
Guest Editors

IJoC Publishes 47 Papers in October 2019

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International Journal of Communication
announces the publication of 47 papers that
published in OCTOBER
 

 

The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 47 papers in October 2019 which includes a Special Section on Urban Media Studies and a Special Section on Platform Politics in Europe. To access these papers, Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking or go to ijoc.org to read the Special Sections. We look forward to your feedback!

Please note that according to the latest Google Scholar 2019 statistics, IJoC now ranks 2nd among all Humanities journals and 5th among all Communications journals in the world — demonstrating the viability of non-commercial open access scholarly publication at the highest level.

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ARTICLES

Precarity and New Media: Through the Lens of Indian Creators
Smith Mehta

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in Africa: Cultural Brokerage, “Going Native,” and Colonial Nostalgia
Téwodros W. Workneh, H. Leslie Steeves

Control Responsibility: The Discursive Construction of Privacy, Teens, and Facebook in Flemish Newspapers
Ralf De Wolf, Stijn Joye

Populism in Scandinavian Immigration Discourse 1970–2016
Hilmar Mjelde, Jan Fredrik Hovden

Metajournalism and Media Critique: Responses to “Extremist Voices” in the Digitalized News Landscape
Anna Grøndahl Larsen, Tine Ustad Figenschou

Community Radio as a Space of Care: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Media Production in Environmental Conflicts
Paula Serafini

#MeToo Empowerment Through Media: A New Multiple Model for Predicting Attitudes Toward Media Campaigns
Osnat Roth-Cohen, Vered Ne’eman-Haviv, Hagit Bonny-Noach

Affective Digital Media of New Migration From Turkey: Feelings, Affinities, and Politics
Özlem Savaş

Queer Immaterial Labor in Beauty Videos by LGBTQ-Identified YouTubers
Ellie Homant, Katherine Sender

Centralized Agricultural Networks and Changing Agrarian Power Dynamics in the Platform Economy
Wei Wang

Disentangling Economic News Effects: The Impact of Tone, Uncertainty, and Issue on Public Opinion
Alyt Damstra

Explicating Listening in Organization–Public Communication: Theory, Practices, Technologies
Jim Macnamara 

News Consumption of Russian Vkontakte Users: Polarization and News Avoidance
Aleksandra Urman

Communication Privacy Management and Digital Evidence in an Intimate Partner Violence Case
Fanny A. Ramirez, Jeffrey Lane

Friend, Ally, or Rival? Twitter Diplomacy as “Technosocial” Performance of National Identity
Saif Shahin, Q. Elyse Huang

Quest for Immortality: An Analysis of ISIS’s Dabiq
Randall G. Rogan

Talking About and Beyond Censorship: Mapping Topic Clusters in the Chinese Twitter Sphere
Shiwen Wu, Bo Mai

FEATURES

Technology Innovation and the Rebirth of Self-Regulation: How The Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence Solve Big Problems Managing Environmental Regulation and Resources
David A. Hytha, Jonathan D. Aronson, Al Eng

The Genealogy of Communication
Eduardo Yuji Yamamoto

BOOK REVIEWS

Albert-Lászlo Barabási, The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success. The Science Behind Why People Succeed or Fail
Magdalena Day

Yong-Chan Kim, Matthew D. Matsaganis, Holley A. Wilkin, and Joo-Young Jung (Eds.), The Communication Ecology of 21st Century Urban Communities
Jeffrey Lane

Elizabeth Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Disability Media Studies
Micky Lee

Helle V. Dam, Matilde Nisbeth Brøgger, and Karen Korning Zethsen (Eds.), Moving Boundaries in Translation Studies
Lisheng Liu

Justin Joque, Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar
Luca Follis

David F. Purnell, Building Communities Through Food: Strengthening Communication, Families, and Social Capital
Andrea Wenzel

Sakari Taipale, Intergenerational Connections in Digital Families
Štěpán Žádník

Paul Baker, Gavin Brookes and Craig Evans, The Language of Patient Feedback: A Corpus Linguistic Study of Online Health Communication
Xiaoli Wang, Fang Xu

Jonathan Gray and Amanda D. Lotz, Television Studies (Short Introductions),
2nd Edition

Monika Raesch

Eli Lee Carter, Reimagining Brazilian Television: Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s Contemporary Vision
Melina Meimaridis

Justin Joque, Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar
Brett van Niekerk

Nico Carpentier, The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation
Yupei Zhao

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Larry Gross
Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor                                                                  

IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Platform Politics in Europe

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on
Platform Politics in Europe

platform politics

This Special Section on Platform Politics in Europe: Bridging Gaps Between Digital Activism and Digital Democracy  brings together six original papers plus an editorial introduction on the emerging research area of platform politics.

On one hand, from a sociopolitical perspective, platform politics points to the increasing use in the political arena of online participation platforms to organize a variety of activities, including mass protests, political campaigns, party primaries, crowdsourced lawmaking experiments, referendums, participatory budgeting processes, and so on. On the other hand, from a media studies perspective, platform politics suggests that the affordances of participation platforms have a politics of their own, which precedes their sociopolitical uses.

Guest-edited by Marco Deseriis and Davide Vittori, this Special Section combines these two perspectives by focusing on a range of case studies which show how European citizens utilize social media platforms and digital democracy platforms to challenge or engage in dialogue with elected representatives, state officials, and party elites. In this sense, platform politics fulfills a second important bridging function, which is to bring together two strands of scholarship that historically belong in separate niches: the scholarship on digital democracy and the scholarship on digital activism. Through a range of contributions from European scholars in the fields of media studies, sociology, political science and communication studies, this collection of work advances our understanding of the impact of social media platforms and digital democracy platforms on four distinct but strictly related sociopolitical processes: political representation, deliberation, social learning, and grassroots activism.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of seven articles in the International Journal of Communication  that published October 30, 2019. Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking. We look forward to your feedback!

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Platform Politics in Europe: Bridging Gaps between Digital Activism and Digital Democracy at the Close of the Long 2010s — Introduction
Marco Deseriis, Davide Vittori

Self-Appointed Representatives on Facebook: The Case of the Belgian Citizen
Platform for Refugee Support

Louise Knops, Eline Severs

Cuing Collective Outcomes on Twitter: A Qualitative Reading of Movement Social Learning
Dan Mercea, Helton Levy

A Tale of Three Platforms: Collaboration, Contestation, and Degrees of Audibility
in a Bulgarian e-Municipality

Maria Petrova Bakardjieva

A Model for the Analysis of Online Citizen Deliberation: Barcelona Case Study
Rosa Borge Bravo, Joan Balcells, Albert Padró-Solanet

The Impact of Online Participation Platforms on the Internal Democracy of Two Southern European Parties, Podemos and the Five Star Movement
Marco Deseriis, Davide Vittori

E-Democracy and Digital Activism: From Divergent Paths Toward A New Frame
Emiliana De Blasio, Michele Sorice

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Larry Gross
Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Marco Deseriis, Davide Vittori
Guest Editors