IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Urban Media Studies

International Journal of Communication

Publishes a Special Section on Urban Media Studies 

Media have come to pervade nearly all aspects of urban living. They are a relevant part of urban infrastructures and play a key role in sustaining urban functions. At the same time, they inform urban routines and practices, and mediate public appearance.  No urban process can be fruitfully understood without taking into account these constitutive forms of mediation.

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At the same time, it is not possible to adequately address our relationships with media in contemporary cities without considering the urban character of media-related practices. It is in the urban context—a densely populated and highly infrastructured space where people are brought together through corporeal or technologically mediated copresence—that specific forms of communication take shape and become normalized. Thus, none of the established perspectives in media studies—whether that of democracy and participation, production and technology, representation and use, or belonging and identity—can claim to have an exhaustive understanding of their problematics without appreciating the urban dimension.

This Special Section on The Mediated City Between Research Fields: An Invitation to Urban Media Studies  argues for a wider recognition of “urban media studies” as an emerging and vibrant scholarly space for research conducted across the borders of media/communication studies and urban studies; the goal is to shed light on the mutually constitutive entanglement of media, in all their multiplicity, and urban phenomena.

Guest-edited by Simone Tosoni, Zlatan Krajina, and Seija Ridell, this Special Section features six original articles (plus an editorial introduction) that interrogate the urban-media nexus from the standpoint of issues as diverse as the historical development of consumer capitalism (Cesare Silla), street photography and new forms of flâneurism (Ilija Tomanić-Trivundža), sport megaevents (Sami Kolamo and Jani Vuolteenaho), urban protests (Tetyana Lokot), and episodes of xenoracism reported in social media (Zlatan Krajina). This collection is complemented by an academic interview with Professor Will Straw, who lectures on urban media studies at McGill University in Canada and whose work represents one of the few pedagogical attempts to link the two fields.

The articles propose different ways to bridge the canons of urban studies and media studies in order to address the co-constitutive nature of media and urban phenomena.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of seven articles in the International Journal of Communication that published October 23, 2019. Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.


The Mediated City Between Research Fields: An Invitation to Urban Media Studies – Introduction
Simone Tosoni, Zlatan Krajina, Seija Ridell

The (Theatrical) Mediation of Urban Daily Life and the Genealogy of the Media City: Show Windows as Urban Screens at the Rise of Consumer Capitalism in America (1880‒1930)
Cesare Silla

Photographic Flâneur, Street Photography, and Imagi(ni)ng the City
Ilija Tomanić-Trivundža

Uncanny Resemblances? Captive Audience Positions and Media-Conscious Performances in Berlin During the 1936 Summer Olympics and the 2006 FIFA World Cup
Sami Kolamo, Jani Vuolteenaho

The Augmented City in Protest: The Urban Media Studies Perspective
Tetyana Lokot

Understanding Encounters for Urban Media Studies: Civic Intercourse, Screen Technologies, and Cultural Difference
Zlatan Krajina

Practicing Urban Media Studies: An Interview With Will Straw
Simone Tosoni, Seija Ridell


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Simone Tosoni, Zlatan Krajina, Seija Ridell
Guest Editors

IJoC Publishes 70 Papers in September 2019

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International Journal of Communication
announces the publication of 70 papers that
published in SEPTEMBER

The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 70 papers in September 2019 which includes a Special Section on Computation Communication Science and a Special Section on Communication, Culture, and Governance in Asia. To access these papers, Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking or go to ijoc.org to read the Special Sections.

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.



Gendered Visibility on Social Media: Navigating Instagram’s Authenticity Bind
Brooke Erin Duffy, Emily Hund

The Elephant and the Bird: Republican Candidates’ Use of Strategy and Issue Framing in Twitter During the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries
Dror Walter, Yotam Ophir

Online Incivility, Cyberbalkanization, and the Dynamics of Opinion Polarization During and After a Mass Protest Event
Francis L.F. Lee, Hai Liang, Gary K. Y. Tang

Tweeting to (Selectively) Engage: How Government Agencies Target Stakeholders on Twitter during Hurricane Harvey
Wenlin Liu, Weiai Xu

Gendered Spaces, Gendered Friendship Networks? Exploring the Organizing Patterns of LGBTQ Youth
Traci Gillig, Leila Bighash

Celebrity Political Endorsement and Young Voters in Europe: A Five-Country Comparison on Celebrity Support Effectiveness in the European Elections
Katja Friedrich, Cordula Nitsch 

Picketing the Virtual Storefront: Content Moderation and Political Criticism of Businesses on Yelp
Ben Medeiros

News Media Literacy: Effects of Consumption
Christine McWhorter

The Scholarship of Public Diplomacy: Analysis of a Growing Field
Efe Sevin, Emily T. Metzgar, Craig Hayden

How Does Communication Anxiety Influence Well-Being? Examining the Mediating Roles of Preference for Online Social Interaction (POSI) and Loneliness
Yixin Chen

Surveillance in Weak States: The Problem of Population Information in Afghanistan
Ali Karimi 

Whose Death Matters? A Quantitative Analysis of Media Attention to Deaths of Black Americans in Police Confrontations, 2013–2016
Ethan Zuckerman, J. Nathan Matias, Rahul Bhargava, Fernando Bermejo, Allan Ko

Promoting Support for Public Health Policies Through Mediated Contact: Can Narrator Perspective and Self-Disclosure Curb In-Group Favoritism?
Riva Tukachinsky, Emily Brogan-Freitas, Tessa Urbanovich

Sweetgrass AR: Exploring Augmented Reality as a Resource for Indigenous–Settler Relations
Rob McMahon, Amanda Almond, Greg Whistance-Smith, Diana Steinhauer, Stewart Steinhauer, Diane P. Janes 

“None of Us Is an Island”: Toward the Conception of Positive Populism Through the Analysis of Pope Francis’s Twitter Communication
Marton Demeter, Tamas Toth

Call if you Can, Text if You Can’t: A Dismediation of U.S. Emergency Communication Infrastructure
Elizabeth Ellcessor 

Peeling Back the Onion: Formative Agenda Building in Business Journalism
Matthew W. Ragas, Hai L. Tran

Measuring Gender in News Representations of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Lindsey E. Blumell, Glenda Cooper

Older Adults’ Online Information Seeking and Subjective Well-Being: The Moderating Role of Internet Skills
Matthias Hofer, Eszter Hargittai, Moritz Büchi, Alexander Seifert

Comparing Discursive and Performative Contributions to Legitimation of Government: A Study of Municipal Policy Making in Chengdu
Lingling Pan, Qinying Chen, Thomas Jacobson

The Associations of Appearance Comparisons with Peers and Chinese and Korean Media Figures with Thin-Ideal Internalization, Body Dissatisfaction, and the Drive for Thinness Among Female Korean-Chinese College Students in China
Namdoo Kim, Jounghee Lee

Political Elites’ Use of Fake News Discourse Across Communications Platforms
Kate Farhall, Andrea Carson, Scott Wright, Andrew Gibbons, William Lukamto

Color TV: Postcolonial Concerns and “Colored” Television Audiences in South Africa
Shelley-Jean Bradfield

Social Capital as an Inhibitor of Online Political Incivility: An Analysis of Behavioral Patterns Among Politically Active Facebook Users
Toby Hopp, Chris J. Vargo

Media Effects and Marginalized Ideas: Relationships Among Media Consumption and Support for Black Lives Matter
Danielle Kilgo, Rachel R. Mourão 

Graphicons and Tactics in Satirical Trolling on Tumblr.com
Pnina Fichman, Ashley R. Dainas 

And Then the War Came: A Content Analysis of Resilience Processes in the Narratives of Refugees from Humans of New York
Virginia Sánchez Sánchez, Helen Lillie

From Inside the Rhizome: Mapping the Greek Alternative Mediascape
Pantelis Vatikiotis, Dimitra L. Milioni

Exploring Normative Leadership: An Egocentric Network Approach to Friends’ Norm-Signaling Relevance
Sarah Geber 

Detecting Textual Reuse in News Stories, At Scale
Tom Nicholls

Revisiting Hearing the Other Side: Distinct Associations of Social Network Characteristics With Political Discussion and Participation
Sun Kyong (Sunny) Lee, Nathan J. Lindsey, Kyun Soo Kim, William T. Howe

Reaching Muslims from the Bully Pulpit: Analyzing Modern Presidential Discourse on Islam and Muslims from FDR to Trump
Rico Neumann, Devon Geary

“Kingston Be Wise:” Jamaica’s Reggae Revival, Musical Livity, and Troubling Temporality in the Modern Global Music Industry
John Vilanova

Self-Censorship of the Nira Radia Tapes: A Critical Juncture in the Indian Journalistic Field
Swati Maheshwari 


From Pick-Up Artists to Incels: Con(fidence) Games, Networked Misogyny, and the Failure of Neoliberalism
Jack Bratich, Sarah Banet-Weiser

Mediatized Rituals: Understanding the Media in the Age of Deep Mediatization
Xi Cui


Karen Bennett and Rita Queiroz de Barros (Eds.), Hybrid Englishes and the Challenges of/for Translation: Identity, Mobility and Language Change
Feng Pan

Kate Wright, Who’s Reporting Africa Now? Non-Governmental Organizations, Journalists, and Multimedia
Lindsay Palmer

Elaine Jing Zhao, Digital China’s Informal Circuits: Platforms, Labour and Governance
Andrew P. White

Meg-John Barker, Rosalind Gill and Laura Harvey, Mediated Intimacy: Sex Advice in Media Culture
Kathryn Higgins

Ralina Joseph, Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity
Kelli Moor

Daniel A. Grano, The Eternal Present of Sport: Rethinking Sport and Religion
Elysia Galindo-Ramirez

Enda Brophy, Language Put to Work: The Making of the Global Call Center Work Force
David Boromisza-Habashi

Leen d’Haenens, Helena Sousa, and Josef Trappel (Eds.), Comparative Media Policy, Regulation and Governance in Europe: Unpacking the Policy Cycle
Christopher Ali

M. Zain Sulaiman and Rita Wilson, Translation and Tourism: Strategies for Effective Cross-Cultural Promotion
Linxin Liang, Jinhai Zheng

Taina Bucher, If…Then: Algorithmic Power and Politics
Hao Cao

Elizabeth Ellcessor, Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation
Zhongxuan Lin

Anne K. Armstrong, Marianne E. Krasny, and Jonathon P. Schuldt
Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Educators

Oliver Boyd-Barrett

Paul Frosh, The Poetics of Digital Media
Greg Niedt

Roger McNamee, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Heidi E. Huntington


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor                                                                  


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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International Journal of Communication

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