International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Mediating Asia: Information, Democracy, and the State In and Before the Digital Age

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Mediating Asia: Information, Democracy,
and the State In and Before the Digital Age

mediating asia

What are the political, economic and cultural implications of an increasingly robust and globally penetrating Asia-based media industry?  How have Asian states tried to manage the diffuse representations of Asia emerging from informal yet globalized media channels?

Guest-edited by Tim Oakes, this Special Section on Mediating Asia by Asian media scholars and professional journalists explores the changing relationships between Asian states and Asia-based media institutions and industries as the nature and role of media in Asian society undergoes profound change.  With the increasing visibility and power of Indian film, Korean television, and Japanese animation industries, and of Asian broadcasting networks such as Star TV and Aljazeera, there has been no shortage of scholarly attention devoted to the rise of Asian media.  This collection, however, focuses less on the meteoric rise and power of Asian media itself and more on how that rise has been negotiated by Asian states, with a particular focus on China and Indonesia.  As digital media technologies become ubiquitous, both formal and informal media platforms push beyond state boundaries, challenging state efforts to control the content of and access to information and entertainment.  This challenge is addressed in commentaries by three journalists with extensive Asian experience, and three academics exploring the spatial and historical contexts of an increasingly mediated Asia.

We invite you to read these articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on March 23, 2017.  Please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking to the papers of interest.

Mediating Asia: Information, Democracy, and the State in and before the Digital Age ―  Introduction
Tim Oakes, University of Colorado Boulder

Mediating Indonesia: The Slow Emergence of a Young Nation ― Commentary
Endy M. Bayuni, The Jakarta Post

Reporting From China: 400 Reports, on 1.4 Billion People, in One Authoritarian State ― Commentary
Melissa K. Chan, Al Jazeera

Guidance and Transgression: The Contest for Narratives of Environment and Pollution in China ― Commentary
Isabel Hilton, Chinadialogue

Pressing the Issue: Sino-American Discourse on the Proper Role of the Media, Past and Present
Timothy B. Weston, University of Colorado Boulder

Enlightenment and the Revolutionary Press in Colonial Indonesia
Rianne Subijanto, Baruch College, City University of New York

Between State and Capital: Asia’s Media Revolution in the Age of Neoliberal Globalization
Michael Curtin, University of California Santa Barbara


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Tim Oakes
Guest Editor


International Journal of Communication
Publishes Special Section
Voices for a New Vernacular: A Forum on
Digital Storytelling


Changing media and communications technologies have ushered in an era of constant digital connection. And yet, in the face of all this change, it seems that storytelling — the human impulse to create narrative — persists. Across video games, social media, and various Internet platforms, the dynamics of audience agency have shifted. New technologies have allowed for stories that illuminate new political possibilities, while media companies have created new ways to profit from this activity. Still, the impulse to craft and consume narrative provides a common strand that unites digital storytelling with its earlier, analog forms.


Leading digital communication scholars have gathered as part of this Special Section, Voices for a New Vernacular: A Forum on Digital Storytelling, to explore the overlaps of old and new that comprise the term “digital storytelling.” Conducted as interviews, these free-ranging contributions explore the following: What makes digital storytelling unique? What are its possibilities for social and cultural transformation? How does it draw attention to the relationship between humans and machines? Is there actually anything new about digital storytelling at all?


Edited by Anandam Kavoori, Mark C. Lashley, and Brian Creech, the Special Section features interviews with the following scholars that published March 13, 2017. Please Ctrl+Click on the scholar’s name below to link to the interview that published. 


Henry Jenkins                   University of Southern California

Zizi Papacharissi                University of Illinois-Chicago

Knut Lundby                     University of Oslo

Janet Murray                     Georgia Institute of Technology

Hector Postigo                  Temple University, USA

Veena Raman                    Pennsylvania State University

Vladimir Barash                 Independent Scholar

Marie-Laure Ryan              Independent Scholar


The contributors offer their provisional thoughts on the perils and potentials of digital storytelling. Because the technology is open-ended, so are the answers. Each response offers the germ of a new idea or line of research and, in their collected form, represent many of the ways the digital has come to occupy a central place in the study of human communication. To quote from Zizi Papacharissi’s contribution, “Technologies network us, but it is our stories that connect us, or further drive us apart.”


IJoC Publishes 30 Articles in FEBRUARY including a Special Report on IJoC’s First 10 Years

IJoC Publishes 30 Articles in FEBRUARY including a Special Report on IJoC’s First 10 Years


A Blind Spot in Public Broadcasters’ Discovery of the Public: How the Public Values Public Service
Natascha Just, Moritz Büchi, Michael Latzer

Deciding Who’s Legitimate: News Media Framing of Immigrants and Refugees
Andrea Lawlor, Erin Tolley

Anatomy of Front Pages: Comparison between The New York Times and other U.S. Major Metropolitan Newspapers
Yung Soo Kim, Deborah S. Chung

Public Engagement, Propaganda, or Both? Attitudes Toward Politicians on Political Satire and Comedy Programs
Rebecca Higgie

Putting a Human Face on Cold, Hard Facts: Effects of Personalizing Social Issues on Perceptions of Issue Importance
Maria Elizabeth Grabe, Mariska Kleemans, Ozen Bas, Jessica Gall Myrick, Minchul Kim

U.S. Newspaper Editors’ Ratings of Social Media as Influential News Sources
Masahiro Yamamoto, Seungahn Nah, Deborah Chung

Courts’ Use of Social Media: A Community of Practice Model
Jane Johnston

“Blood Is Thicker Than Water”: Interpersonal Influence, Selection, and the Role of Family in Forging Italians’ Political Agreement
Moreno Mancosu, Cristiano Vezzoni

Seeking Comfort in Past Media: Modelling Media Nostalgia as a Way of Coping with Media Change
Manuel Menke

Partisan Self-Stereotyping: Testing the Salience Hypothesis in a Prediction of Political Polarization
Jiyoung Han, Daniel B. Wackman

“Stir-Frying” Internet Finance: Financialization and the Institutional Role of Financial News in China
Jing Wang

Emotion Matters: What Happens Between Young Children and Parents in a Touch Screen World
Hogeun Seo, Claire Shinhea Lee


Report 2007–2016: Our First 10 Years… “We have always depended on the kindness of reviewers…”
Larry Gross, Arlene Luck

Encoding/Decoding as Translation
Kyle Conway

What Communication Can Contribute to Data Studies: Three Lenses on Communication and Data
Andrew Schrock


Gerald Raunig, Dividuum: Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution
Marco Deseriis

Stefana Broadbent, Intimacy at Work: How Digital Media Bring Private Life to the Workplace
Ignacio Cruz

Brian Massumi, Ontopower: War, Powers, and the State of Perception
Samuel Mateus 

Victor Roudometof, Glocalization: A Critical Introduction
Philemon Bantimaroudis


International Journal of Communication Publishes Special Section Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society

The revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden have transformed our understanding of digital communication. Providing unprecedented insights into Internet andtelecommunications surveillance, they pointed us to the ways in which the ‘datafication’ of increasing aspects of our lives have become central to governance and control.  What, then, are the implications of ubiquitous surveillance for digital citizenship?  How should we understand the actions of citizens in a monitored and datafied environment?  In what ways do power relations between citizens and the state shift ― and with what avenues for intervention?

Guest-edited by Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Michael Rogers and Ian Brown, this Special Section on Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society discusses the state of digital citizenship in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, based on findings from a two-year UK-based research project. A first group of contributors present project results on the implications of the Snowden leaks for journalism, public knowledge, possibilities for dissent, technological infrastructure, and regulatory frameworks. A second group ― renowned scholars from the fields of surveillance, media and journalism studies, as well as representatives of civil society organizations ― situate these findings in current developments in datafied societies. Together, the articles present a comprehensive analysis of the consequences of the Snowden leaks, and they re-think digital citizenship in a post-Snowden world.

We invite you to read these articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on February 15, 2017.  Please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct link to the papers of interest.  We look forward to your feedback!

Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society – Editorial Introduction
Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

The Normalization of Surveillance and the Invisibility of Digital Citizenship: Media Debates After the Snowden Revelations
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Lucy Bennett, Gregory Taylor

The Advent of Surveillance Realism: Public Opinion and Activist Responses to the Snowden Leaks
Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

Enabling Digital Citizenship? The Reshaping of Surveillance Policy After Snowden
Arne Hintz, Ian Brown

The Snowden Disclosures, Technical Standards and the Making of Surveillance Infrastructures
Michael Rogers, Grace Eden

Surveillance Culture, Ethics and Digital Citizenship
David Lyon

Citizen Snowden
Engin Isin, Evelyn Ruppert

The Snowden Revelations and the Networked Fourth Estate
Adrienne Russell, Silvio Waisbord

To Pre-Empt a Thief
Mark Andrejevic

What Changed After Snowden? A U.S. Perspective ― Commentary
Ben Wizner

Compromising Over Technology, Security, and Privacy ― Commentary
Gus Hosein

IJoC Publishes 37 Articles in NOVEMBER


IJoC Publishes 37 Articles in NOVEMBER”

The International Journal of Communication (IJoC) has published 37 papers in November 2016— including the Special Section on Imagining Futuretypes and the Special Section on Net Neutrality. Please Ctrl+Click on the article title below to access manuscripts that may be of interest to you. We look forward to your comments!


Sex Trafficking in Thai Media: A Content Analysis of Issue Framing
Meghan Sobel

Greater Work-Related Stress Among Chinese Media Workers in the Context of Media Transformation: Specific Stressors and Coping Strategies
Min Wang, Zuosu Jiang

Journalism’s Deep Memory: Cold War Mindedness and Coverage of Islamic State
Barbie Zelizer

How Sociocultural Context Matters in Self-Presentation: A Comparison of U.S. and Chinese Profiles on Jack’d, a Mobile Dating App for Men Who Have Sex With Men
Lik Sam Chan

Reanchoring an Ancient, Emergent Superpower: The 2010 Shanghai Expo, National Identity, and Public Memory
Jie Gong

The Entwinement of Politics, Arts, Culture and Commerce in Staging Social and Political Reality to Enhance Democratic Communication
Daniel H. Mutibwa


Open Media Scholarship: The Case for Open Access in Media Studies
Jefferson D. Pooley


Karen Beckman (Ed.), Animating Film Theory
Monika Raesch

Shelley Cob, Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers
Stefania Marghitu

Lincoln Dahlberg & Sean Phelan, Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics
Dafni Mangalousi

Kaarle Nordenstreng & Daya Kishan Thussu (Eds.), Mapping BRICS Media
Ruth Moon

IJoC Publishes Special Forum Section on “Imagining Futuretypes”


IJoC Publishes Special Forum Section on “Imagining Futuretypes”

Humans have been imagining the future since the distant past. From ancient calendars and pyramids to modern blockbuster films and video games, the artifacts we build and the stories we tell reveal our aspirations and our fears about the world to come. Yet it is also a truism that stories about the future, whether utopian or dystopian, surreal or banal, also tell us a lot about the world we live in today. Ironically, speculative fiction allows many writers and readers to inhabit a form of honesty and clarity about the human condition that is often lacking in more “realistic” contemporary fiction, and even from much journalism and documentary.

This IJoC Special Forum Section on Imagining Futuretypes takes a close, critical look at several of the most dominant themes in speculative fiction, using these well-worn tropes as a starting point for understanding how we reflect and reproduce our contemporary world via the conceit of the imagined future. By examining narrative concepts such as machine consciousness, alien life forms, interstellar travel and material replication, we have much to learn about contemporary visions of race, class, gender, sexuality, and identity. By understanding these imagined futures, we are also afforded a glimpse at our possible actual futures, which are manifested in part through the popularization of these futuretypes, and through our internalization of their logics. In short, they help to extend our vocabulary about the future, ultimately shaping what we will do, think, and build. In this respect, they amount to a form of science fiction capital, their power stemming from the implicit, explicit, and contested aspirations they give voice to.

Guest-edited by Lonny J Avi Brooks and Aram Sinnreich this Special Forum Section of 11 papers grew out of a series of programmed and impromptu conversations between a diverse range of scholars at the National Communication Association annual conferences in 2013 and 2014. It features an editorial introduction, nine “provocations” (most of which include video clips), each by a contributing scholar, and followed by several short response pieces by other contributors. Additionally, the Special Section includes a commentary by futurist McKenzie Wark, tying together many of the dominant themes across our conversations.

We invite you to read this new Special Forum Section that published November 5, 2016 at http://ijoc.orgTo direct access any of these essays, click the respective article title below.


A Seat at the Nerd Table — Introduction
Aram Sinnreich, Lonny J Avi Brooks

Everybody and Nobody: Visions of Individualism and Collectivity in the Age of AI
Aram Sinnreich, Jessa Lingel, Gideon Lichfield, Adam Richard Rottinghaus, Lonny J Avi Brooks

Black Holes as Metaphysical Silence
Jessa Lingel, Daniel Sutko, Gideon Lichfield, Aram Sinnreich

The Aliens Are Us: The Limitations That The Nature of Fiction Imposes on Science Fiction about Aliens
Gideon Lichfield, Aubrie Adams, Lonny J Avi Brooks

The End of Material Scarcity: Dystopia and Immanent Critique of Capitalism
Adam Richard Rottinghaus, Roseann Pluretti, Daniel Sutko

The Medium is the Message of the Future: Tyranny of Media in Organizing Our Imaginary
Daniel Sutko, Jessa Lingel, Aubrie Adams, Adam Richard Rottinghaus

Narratives on Extending and Transcending Mortality: An Essay on Implications for the Future
Aubrie Adams, Adam Richard Rottinghaus, Ryan Wallace

Toward an “Other” Dimension: An Essay on Transcendence of Gender and Sexuality
Roseann Pluretti, Jessa Lingel, Aram Sinnreich

Future Im/Perfect: Defining Success and Problematics in Science Fiction Expressions of Racial Identity
Ryan Wallace, Roseann Pluretti, Gideon Lichfield, Aubrie Adams

Afro-Futuretyping Generation Starships and New Earths 05015 C.E.
Lonny J Avi Brooks, Daniel Sutko, Aram Sinnreich, Ryan Wallace

Imagining and Reimagining the Future—Commentary
McKenzie Wark

IJoC Publishes Special Section on Net Neutrality

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Image credit: “Selected highlights from the campaign for net neutrality” from the
Media Democracy Fund website at

IJoC Publishes Special Section on Net Neutrality

Advocates of network neutrality in the U.S. won a major victory February 2015 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reclassify broadband Internet access services as telecommunications services—“policy speak” for codifying net neutrality rules into administrative practice. Although this victory has already withstood at least one judicial challenge, opponents are determined to take the dispute to the Supreme Court. Trying to understand more about the how of this landmark regulatory victory is important given that public interest policy battles are never over. Momentous wins like the 2015 FCC ruling are significant celebratory events in the otherwise mundane, yet vital, labors of policy advocacy—the ongoing struggles, efforts, and hard work essential for policy change.

Working for Internet Freedoms: Network Neutrality in the U.S. and the Labors of Policy Advocacy, guest-edited by Becky Lentz, McGill University, Canada, and Allison Perlman, University of California Irvine, is the latest Special Section of IJoC. Articles in this Special Section illuminate myriad strategies and tactics involved in policy advocacy as well as dynamics at play within and across advocacy organizations.

This Special Section contains 14 contributions by international scholars which includes: an editorial introduction that argues for enlarging the field of vision of media and communication studies to consider advocacy labor within the broader turn to studies of media labor; three interviews with key actors in the U.S. network neutrality struggle; a feature that takes a close look at a policy advocacy organization; seven original research papers, and two book review essays.

We invite you to read these articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on this U.S. Presidential Election Day,  November 8, 2016.  Please Ctrl+Click on the article title below for direct link to the paper of interest.

Editorial Introduction

Working for Internet Freedoms: Network Neutrality in the U.S. and the Labors of Policy Advocacy—Introduction
Becky Lentz, Allison Perlman


The Historical Moment of Net Neutrality: An Interview With Former U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps
Bill Kirkpatrick

Net Neutrality and the Public Interest: An Interview With Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO of Public Knowledge
Jennifer Holt

Funding Net Neutrality Advocacy: An Interview with the Founder and Director of the Media Democracy Fund
Becky Lentz


Fight for the Future and Net Neutrality: A Case Study in the Origins, Evolution, and Activities of a Digital-Age Media Advocacy Organization
Ian Dunham


The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate
Robert Faris, Hal Roberts, Bruce Etling, Dalia Othman, Yochai Benkler

Closing the Technocratic Divide? Activist Intermediaries, Digital Form Letters, and Public Involvement in FCC Policy Making
Jonathan A. Obar

CAP! Comcast: The Framing and Distribution Strategies of Policy Advocates Within Networked Communications
Gino Canella

Narrowing the Gap: Gender and Mobilization in Net Neutrality Advocacy
Deen Freelon, Amy B. Becker, Bob Lannon, Andrew Pendleton

From Net Neutrality to Net Equality
John McMurria

Wonkish Populism in Media Advocacy and Net Neutrality Policy Making
Danny Kimball

The Debate Nobody Knows: Network Neutrality’s Neoliberal Roots and a Conundrum for Media Reform
Russell Newman

Book Reviews

From Critical Perspectives to Media Reform: A Review of Three Books
James Losey

The Labor of Teaching and Learning Policy Advocacy as Media Activism: A Review of Works by Ollis and Choudry
Gretchen King