IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on
Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia


This Special Section on Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia brings together nine original articles (plus an editorial introduction) on work looking at the interaction of media and digital technologies, policy and governance, and evolving cultures and politics in the Asian region. It is guest-edited by Emma Baulch (Monash University Malaysia), Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology), and Luzhou Li (Monash University). Contributors are from eight countries throughout Asia and the Pacific, and all are concerned with developing a regional perspective on digital platform governance that is grounded in the Asian context.


This Special Section focuses on a wide range of topics including: digital media use for civic engagement; the crisis of trust and combating online misinformation; ICT access in the face of structural inequalities based on class and gender; the global expansion of Chinese digital platforms; the changing Chinese television production industry; and the interaction between laws, policy and corporate action in evolving platform governance. 


These studies provide an important Asian regional perspective on global digital communication issues. They are focused on the current conjuncture where digital platforms are increasingly the subject of nation-state regulation, ICT industries are caught up in geopolitical conflicts and trade wars, concerns exist about the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, and digital media are central to new forms of political and social movement activism.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of 10 articles in the International Journal of Communication that published Saturday, September 14, 2019. Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking to these articles.



The Shifting Institutional Bases of Digital Asia Studies: Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia — Introduction

Emma Baulch, Terry Flew, Luzhou Li


Truth, Not Fear: Countering False Information in a Conflict

Abdul Rohman, Peng Hwa Ang 


Opinion Leadership, Media Use, and Environmental Engagement in China
Marko M. Skoric, Nan Zhang


A Digital Empire in the Making: China’s Outbound Digital Platforms

Michael Keane, Haiqing Yu


Toward Fragmented Platform Governance in China: Through the Lens of Alibaba and the Legal-Judicial System
Yu Hong, Jian Xu


Motivation and Trust: How Dual Screening Influences Offline Civic Engagement Among Taiwanese Internet Users

Trisha T. C. Lin


Communicative Assemblages of the Pisonet and the Translocal Context of ICT
for the “Have-less”: Innovation, Inclusion, Stratification

Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano


“We Connect With People Through Stories”: Gender and Affective Labor in Mumblogging

Julian Hopkins


“I’d Rather Be the Ferryman in the Gold Rush”: The Television Drama Production Industry in Post-2008 China

Luzhou Li


The Crisis of Digital Trust in the Asia-Pacific — Commentary

Terry Flew


Larry Gross                                                        



Arlene Luck

Managing Editor

Emma Baulch, Terry Flew, Luzhou Li

Guest Editors

IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Computational Communication Science

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on
Computational Communication Science

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As communication and media data have become increasingly available in a digital format, computational methods have been used to process such digital trace data to understand the economic, societal, and political implications of communication. The current computational turn of communication science is at the maturing stage that will define communication science in the coming years.

This Special Section on Computational Methods for Communication Science: Toward A Strategic Roadmap brings together nine original papers plus an editorial introduction on the flourishing field of Computational Communication Science (CCS). The main goal of this Special Section is to contribute to the current discussion on CCS by reflecting on the opportunities and challenges in the field. Thus, these papers provide new perspectives and valuable insight in two different contexts of CCS research: 1) community-building and the status-quo of the CCS discipline, and 2) advances in computational methods and their theoretical contributions. These published articles provide important new driving impulses, an overview of the most pressing challenges in the context of CCS, and sketch a potential roadmap for future research in this field.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of 10 articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on Sunday, September 7, 2019. Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for hyperlinking to these articles.


Outlining the Way Ahead in Computational Communication Science: An Introduction to the IJoC Special Section on “Computational Methods for Communication Science: Toward A Strategic Roadmap” 
Emese Domahidi, JungHwan Yang, Julia Niemann-Lenz, Leonard Reinecke

Crafting a Strategic Roadmap for Computational Methods in Communication Science: Learnings From the CCS 2018 Conference in Hanover – Commentary
Julia Niemann-Lenz, Sophie Bruns, Dorothée Hefner, Katharina Knop-Hülß, Daniel Possler, Sabine Reich, Leonard Reinecke, Jule Scheper, Christoph Klimmt  

Data Is the New Oil—But How Do We Drill It? Pathways to Access and Acquire Large Data Sets in Communication Science
Daniel Possler, Sophie Bruns, Julia Niemann-Lenz

Computational Communication Science: A Methodological Catalyzer for a Maturing Discipline
Martin Hilbert, George Barnett, Joshua Blumenstock, Noshir Contractor, Jana Diesner, Seth Frey, Sandra González-Bailón, PJ Lamberson, Jennifer Pan, Tai-Quan (Winson) Peng, Cuihua (Cindy) Shen, Paul E. Smaldino, Wouter van Atteveldt, Annie Waldherr, Jingwen Zhang, Jonathan J. H. Zhu 

Toward Open Computational Communication Science: A Practical Road Map for Reusable Data and Code
Wouter van Atteveldt, Joanna Strycharz, Damian Trilling, Kasper Welbers

Because Technology Matters: Theorizing Interdependencies in Computational Communication Science with Actor–Network Theory
Annie Waldherr, Stephanie Geise, Christian Katzenbach

Bridging the Gaps: Using Agent-Based Modeling to Reconcile Data and Theory in Computational Communication Science
Annie Waldherr, Martin Wettstein

When the Journey is as Important as the Goal: A Roadmap to Multilingual Dictionary Construction
Fabienne Lind, Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Tobias Heidenreich, Hajo G. Boomgaarden

The Temporal Turn in Communication Research: Time Series Analyses Using Computational Approaches
Chris Wells, Dhavan V. Shah, Jon C. Pevehouse, Jordan Foley, Ayellet Pelled, Josephine Lukito, JungHwan Yang

Automated Coding of Televised Leader Displays: Detecting Nonverbal Political Behavior With Computer Vision and Deep Learning
Jungseock Joo, Erik P. Bucy, Claudia Seidel  


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Emese Domahidi, Technische Universität Ilmenau
JungHwan Yang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Julia Niemann-Lenz, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
Leonard Reinecke, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Guest Editors

IJoC Publishes 22 Papers in August 2019

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The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 22 papers in August 2019.  To access these papers, please Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking to these articles.

We are also proud to advise that according to the latest 2019 statistics from Google Scholar, IJoC now ranks 2nd among all Humanities, Literature and Arts journals, and 4th among all Communication journals.



Appealing to the Heart: How Social Media Communication Characteristics Affect Users’ Liking Behavior During the Manchester Terrorist Attack
Xinyan Zhao, Mengqi Monica Zhan

Unpacking the Influence of Informational, Organizational, and Structural Factors on the Longitudinal Change of the NPO Follower-Followee Network on Twitter
Jiawei Sophia Fu

Polls Versus Commenters: Effects of Cross-Cutting Opinion Climates on Cross-Platform Opinion Expression
Elmie Nekmat

Welcome to Korea Day: From Diasporic to Hallyu “Fan-Nationalism”
Irina Lyan

What You See Is What You Know: The Influence of Involvement and Eye
Movement on Online Users’ Knowledge Acquisition

Jörg Haßler, Marcus Maurer, Corinna Oschatz

Media Use, Cross-National Samples, and the Theory of Planned Behavior: Implications for Climate Change Advocacy Intentions
Troy Elias, Mark Blaine, Deborah Morrison, Brandon Harris

News Media Trust and News Consumption: Factors Related to Trust in News
in 35 Countries

Antonis Kalogeropoulos, Jane Suiter, Linards Udris, Mark Eisenegger 

The Knowledge Gap Hypothesis Across Modality: Differential Acquisition of Knowledge From Television News, Newspapers, and News Websites
Mark Boukes, Rens Vliegenthart 

“Shouting Matches and Echo Chambers”: Perceived Identity Threats and Political Self-Censorship on Social Media
Elia Powers, Michael Koliska, Pallavi Guha

Inside the Voter’s Mind: The Effect of Psychometric Microtargeting on Feelings Toward and Propensity to Vote for a Candidate
Lennart J. Krotzek 

Personal–Organizational Processes in Workplace Health Promotion: Understanding Wellness Program Participation in China
Yaguang Zhu, Stephanie L. Dailey

Visibility Through Information Sharing: The Role of Tweet Authors and Communication Styles in Retweeting Political Information on Twitter
Ines Engelmann, Andrea Kloss, Christoph Neuberger, Tobias Brockmann

Proposing a Practical Media Taxonomy for Complex Media Production
Kevin Moloney


Digitizing the Ancestors: Issues in Indigenous Digital Heritage Projects
Nicole Strathman


Three Volumes on Information and Value Communication: A Review Essay
Glenn W. Muschert, Dimitrios Reppas

Robin Andersen, HBO’s Treme and the Stories of the Storm: From New Orleans
as Disaster Myth to Groundbreaking Television

Ke M. Huang

Stephen Cushion and Richard Thomas, Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic
of Campaign Coverage

Dorian Hunter Davis

Peter Hart-Brinson, The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture
Lik Sam Chan

Jonathan Ilan, The International Photojournalism Industry: Cultural Production and the Making and Selling of News Pictures
Tal Morse

Stuart Cunningham and David Craig, Social Media Entertainment: The New Intersection of Hollywood and Silicon Valley
Patricia Aufderheide

Matt Carlson, Journalistic Authority: Legitimating News in the Digital Era
Allie Kosterich

Kishonna L. Gray and David J. Leonard (Eds.), Woke Gaming: Digital Challenges to Oppression and Social Injustice
Adrienne Shaw


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor                                                                  

IJoC Publishes 33 Papers in JULY


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invites you to read 33 papers that published in JULY 

The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 33 papers in July 2019, including the Special Sections on “East Asia in Action” and “Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures.”  To access the papers listed below, please Ctrl+Click on the titles for direct hyperlinking. We look forward to your feedback!


The Wisdom of  the Crowd Versus the Wisdom in  the Crowd: Testing the Effects of Aggregate User Representation, Valence, and Argument Strength on Attitude Formation in Online Reviews
Yue Dai, Brandon Van Der Heide, Adam J. Mason, Soo Yun Shin 

 The Sequential and Conditional Nature of 21st-Century Digital Skills
Ester van Laar, Alexander J.A.M. van Deursen, Jan A.G.M. van Dijk,
Jos de Haan

On the Concept of Medium: An Empirical Study
Andrea Miconi, Marcello Serra

Political Campaigning Games: Digital Campaigning With Computer Games in European National Elections
Michael Bossetta

The Political and Civic Potential of Popular Women’s Magazines: The Israeli Case
Einat Lachover

The Role of Structural Factors in Antibiotic Use Among European Union Citizens:
A Multilevel Analysis

Yvonnes Chen, Hong Tien Vu

 Do I Look All Right (or All Left)? The Interactive Effect of Facial Appearance and Political Attitudes on Social Attraction
Nurit Tal-Or, Liat Paparp Bivas, Yael Sagron 

Papi Jiang and Microcelebrity in China: A Multilevel Analysis
Angela Ke Li


Out of the Tower and Into the Field: Fieldwork as Public Scholarship in the Face
of Social Injustice

Thomas J Billard


Kimberly Meltzer, From News to Talk: The Expansion of Opinion and Commentary
in US Journalism

Yufei Yan

Jeff Scheible, Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation
Amanda C.R. Clark

Manuel Castells, Rupture: The Crisis of Liberal Democracy
Magdalena Day

Margie Borschke, This is Not a Remix: Piracy, Authenticity and Popular Music
Simogne Hudson

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race,
and the Future of Law Enforcement

Jessica Lindsay Roan Hatrick

Technology and Politics in the Horn of Africa
Azeb N. Madebo

Sarah Banet-Weiser, Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny
Younghan Cho

By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism
Hoan Nguyen


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor                                  

IJoC Publishes a Special Section on East Asia in Action

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International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on
“East Asia in Action”

How does activist media communication change East Asia?

East Asia in Action

It is widely acknowledged that media communication and movement activism shape each other in significant ways. But less is known about how they operate in the context of East Asia, where centralized authority and Confucian ideology prevail. Guest-edited by Chiaoning Su and Tin-Yuet Ting, this Special Section on East Asia in Action brings together five empirical articles (plus an editorial introduction) to examine the latest trends and reflect critically on their impact on civic-political participation and social change in the region.


With an emphasis on the variety and co-existence of diverse media forms, these articles provide new perspectives on the equivocal conceptualizations of activist media communication, and analyzes their potentials in East Asia. This is illustrated in the articles by Tin-Yuet Ting (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Satoru Aonuma (International Christian University), that offer a glimpse into the role of media practices in the emergence and proliferation of popular protests in Hong Kong and Japan, where a tradition of political activism and radical protest had been lacking.


The distinctive patterns and premises of activist media communication engendered within the specific contexts of East Asian societies are shown in the articles by Chiaoning Su (Oakland University), Penchan Phoborisut (California State University-Fullerton), and Wei Lit Yew (Yale-NUS College). These scholars offer timely insights into the communication strategies and networks for engaging potential supporters and appealing to citizens in Taiwan, Thailand, and China, respectively.


While existing studies have largely drawn on experiences from western democracies and cultures, this Special Section generates fresh insights on the role and impact of activist media, particularly under authoritarian regimes. Moreover, this collection of work sheds light on some of the new avenues through which citizens and protestors have become adept at developing more innovative and resilience forms of communicative practices for advancing democracy and social justice in East Asia.


We invite you to read this new Special Section that published in the International Journal of Communication on July 22, 2019.  Please Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking to these articles.


East Asia in Action: Activist Media Communication in New Perspectives Introduction

Chiaoning Su, Tin-Yuet Ting


Everyday Networked Activism in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: Expanding on Contemporary Practice Theory to Understand Activist Digital Media Usages

Tin-Yuet Ting


Contesting Big Brother: Joshua Wong, Protests, and the Student Network of Resistance in Thailand

Penchan Phoborisut


Contentious Performance and/as Public Address: Notes on Social Movement Rhetorics in Post-Fukushima Japan

Satoru Aonuma


An Alternative Chronicle of Natural Disaster: Social Justice Journalism in Taiwan

Chiaoning Su


Matrix of Free Spaces in China: Mobilizing Citizens and the Law Through Digital and Organizational Spaces

Wei Lit Yew


Larry Gross                                                        



Arlene Luck

Managing Editor

Chiaoning Su, Tin-Yuet Ting
Guest Editors

IJoC Publishes Special Section on Extreme Speech

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International Journal of Communication

Publishes a Special Section on
Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures

Why is there so much hate on social media? How dangerous is online vitriol for politics and society? Can there be a universal definition of hate speech? 

Extreme Speech

Edited by Sahana Udupa (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität LMU Munich, Germany) and Matti Pohjonen (School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS, UK), this Special Section on  Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures advances these questions by introducing the concept of “extreme speech” as a critical ethnographic intervention into heated scholarly debates around disinformation, online extremism and hateful communication online. It brings together nine leading scholars researching online vitriol as situated speech cultures, focusing on the actual rather than abstract conditions of possibility for action against it. By taking a distinctly global perspective honed by ethnographic sensibility to broader histories of difference and exclusion, the special section moves the debate beyond legal-normative approaches dominant in North America and Europe, and moral panics around fake news and filter bubbles. It foregrounds the different ways online vitriol is entangled with, and has come to significantly shape, the cultural, social and political fabric of vastly diverse world regions: from Chile, Denmark and Syria to the U.S., Ethiopia, India and Myanmar. Ethnographic explorations of online “extreme speech” open up a new ground to critique the contemporary global conjuncture of exclusionary politics.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of 10 articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on July 10, 2019. Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking to these articles.

Extreme Speech and Global Digital Cultures — Introduction 
Sahana Udupa, Matti Pohjonen

Defining Online Hate and Its “Public Lives”:  What is the Place for “Extreme Speech”?
Iginio Gagliardone

A Comparative Approach to Social Media Extreme Speech: Online Hate Speech as Media Commentary
Matti Pohjonen

Ritualized Opposition in Danish Online Practices of Extremist Language and Thought
Peter Hervik

Writing on the Walls: Discourses on Bolivian Immigrants in Chilean Meme Humor
Nell Haynes

Nationalism in the Digital Age: Fun as a Metapractice of Extreme Speech
Sahana Udupa

A Presidential Archive of Lies: Racism, Twitter, and a History of the Present
Carole McGranahan

The Digital Traces of #whitegenocide and Alt-Right Affective Economies of Transgression
Alexandra Deem

Extreme Speech in Myanmar: The Role of State Media in the Rohingya Forced Migration Crisis
Ronan Lee

An Archetypal Digital Witness: The Child Figure and the Media Conflict over Syria
Omar Al-Ghazzi


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Sahana Udupa, Matti Pohjonen
Guest Editors

IJoC Publishes 29 papers in JUNE

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International Journal of Communication invites you to read these 29 papers that published in JUNE 

The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 29 papers in June 2019 including a Special Section on Cars and Contemporary Communication.  To access these papers, please Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking to these articles. We look forward to your feedback!



Building a Network to “Tell China Stories Well”: Chinese Diplomatic Communication Strategies on Twitter
Zhao Alexandre Huang, Rui Wang

Connective Action and Affective Language: Computational Text Analysis of Facebook Comments on Social Movements in South Korea
Shin Haeng Lee, Tae Yun Lim

“Funnel Time” in the Heartland: Shifting Temporalities and Changing Materialities at The Omaha World-Herald
Nikki Usher

Popular Media in the Metropolitan Third Places: Exploring the Uses and Gratifications of the Mobile Homo Œconomicus
Christian Lamour

The Distant Sufferer: Measuring Spectatorship of Photojournalism
Teresa E. Weikmann, Thomas E. Powell

“Men Are Scum”: Self-Regulation, Hate Speech, and Gender-Based Censorship on Facebook
Chloe Nurik

Portrayals of Unethical and Unvirtuous Workplace Behaviors on TV: Implications for Vocational Anticipatory Socialization
DaJung Woo, Kimberly Walsh McDermott

Toward a Performative Understanding of Politeness
Kyle Rudick, Danielle Dick McGeough

Proximity and Networked News Public: Structural Topic Modeling of Global Twitter Conversations about the 2017 Quebec Mosque Shooting
Hazel Kwon, Monica Chadha, Feng Wang 

Norms as Regulating Factors for Self-Disclosure in a Collapsed Context: Norm Orientation Among Referent Others on Facebook
Arne Freya Zillich, Kathrin Friederike Müller

(Re)constructing Professional Journalistic Practice in Mexico: Verificado’s Marketing of Legitimacy, Collaboration, and Pop Culture in Fact-Checking the 2018 Elections
Nadia I. Martínez-Carrillo, Daniel J. Tamul

Unpublishing the News: An Analysis of U.S. and South Korean Journalists’ Discourse About an Emerging Practice
Hye Soo Nah, Stephanie Craft

Live Ambience and Homestead Away From Home: Social Media Use and Dependency by Visiting Chinese Students in the United States
Zixue Tai, Jue Lu, Fengbin Hu 

Social Identity and Group Emotion: Media Effects and Support for Military Intervention
Seth Bradshaw, Kate Kenski

Identification and Comparison of the Persuasive Elements Present in “Best Answers” to STD-Related Questions on Social Q&A Sites: Yahoo! Answers (United States) Versus Knowledge-iN (South Korea)
Beom Jun Bae, Yong Jeong Yi


Carolyn Mae Kim, Social Media Campaigns: Strategies for Public Relations and Marketing
Ekaterina Bogomoletc

Özlem Berk Albachten and Şehnaz Tahir Gürçağlar (Eds.), Perspectives on Retranslation: Ideology, Paratexts, Methods
Feng Pan

Ted Grossardt and Keiron Bailey, Transportation Planning and Public Participation: Theory, Process and Practice
Oscar Gandy

Susan Zieger, The Mediated Mind: Affect, Ephemera, and Consumerism in the Nineteenth Century
Miles Edward Hubble

Jean Bessette, Retroactivism in the Lesbian Archives: Composing Pasts and Futures
Anastasia Howe Bukowski

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
Chang-Te Hsu


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor