IJoC Publishes a Special Section on “Mediating Islamic State”

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on “Mediating Islamic State”


How does the group that calls itself “Islamic State” communicate?
How has Islamic State been understood and contested

This Special Section on Mediating Islamic State gathers emergent scholarly voices, many deploying humanistic inquiry, to probe a phenomenon that has predominantly been the province of social scientists, in order to explore and understand the players, patterns, and practices that have mediated Islamic State: the communicative ways in which the group has been studied, reported on, visualized, narrated, mocked, spoofed, and resisted. We use “mediation” rather than “media” to shift public discourse on Islamic State beyond the focus on technology that has characterized research on media and sociopolitical change generally, and Islamic State communication in particular. Mediation connotes a broad approach to media, which includes words, images, bodies, platforms, and the expressive capacities and meaning-making practices that communicators generate when they deploy these media.

Originally presented at the Third Biennial Symposium of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, contributions tackle popular culture as a dynamic context for meaning creation, within a framework of media and culture as formative of identity and community, and not merely as conveyors of ideas, images, and information. Grounded in CARGC’s mission to advance a global media studies that fuses multidisciplinary regional knowledge with theory and methodology in the humanities and social sciences, we hope this special section continues spurring critical conversations that promise a new understanding of the transnational nexus of communication, identity, and violence. Together, these articles suggest imaginative avenues to understand phenomena like Islamic State beyond the narrow lens of what communication scholars would call administrative research within a national security paradigm.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of 10 articles in the International Journal of Communication  that published March 8, 2020. Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.  Looking forward to your feedback …


Mediating Islamic State − Introduction    
Marwan M. Kraidy, Marina R. Krikorian

The Islamic State: Politics by Other Means
Yara M. Damaj

Toward a Protostate Media System: The Role of ISIS’s Content   
Kareem El Damanhoury

Islamic State War Documentaries
Nathaniel Greenberg

Iconic Socioclasm: Idol-Breaking and the Dawn of a New Social Order
Christoph Günther

Theologians, Poets, and Lone Wolves: Mapping Medium-Specific Epistemologies
of Radicalization            

Brian T. Hughes

The Geopolitics of Television Drama and the War on Terror: Gharabeeb Soud Against Islamic State            
Heather Jaber, Marwan M. Kraidy

Collaborative Media Practices and Interconnected Digital Strategies of Islamic State (IS) and Pro-IS Supporter Networks on Telegram
Michael Krona

Islamic State and Game of Thrones: The Global Among Tradition, Identity, and the Politics of Spectacle                    
Bashir Saade

Islamic State and Women: A Biopolitical Analysis              
Mohammed Salih, Marwan M. Kraidy


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor                                                                  

Marwan M. Kraidy, Marina R. Krikorian
Guest Editors

IJoC Publishes 62 Papers in February 2020

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International Journal of Communication
announces the publication of 62 papers that
published in FEBRUARY

The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 62 papers in February 2020 which includes a Special Section on the Hermit Regime as well as a Special Section on Critical Rhetoric. 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.



The Communication Rights of Palestinian Israelis Understood Through the Capabilities Approach
Baruch Shomron, Amit M. Schejter

How Does News Media Exposure Amplify Publics’ Perceived Health Risks About Air Pollution in China? A Conditional Media Effect Approach
Qing Huang

Podcasting as Public Media: The Future of U.S. News, Public Affairs, and Educational Podcasts
Patricia Aufderheide, David Lieberman, Atika Alkhallouf, Jiji Majiri Ugboma

Communicative Care in Online Forums: How Burdened Informal Caregivers Seek Mediated Social Support
Manuel Menke, Anna J.M. Wagner, Susanne Kinnebrock 

What Does it Take to Sustain a News Habit? The Role of Civic Duty Norms and a Connection to a “News Community” Among News Avoiders in the UK and Spain
Ruth Palmer, Benjamin Toff 

The Proliferation of the “News Finds Me” Perception Across Societies
Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Nadine Strauss, Brigitte Huber  

From “Public Journalism” to “Engaged Journalism”: Imagined Audiences and Denigrating Discourse
Patrick Ferrucci, Jacob L. Nelson, Miles P. Davis

Why Buttons Matter: Repurposing Facebook’s Reactions for Analysis of the Social Visual
Marloes Geboers, Nathan Stolero, Anna Scuttari, Livia Van Vliet, Arran Ridley 

The Internet and Participation Inequality: A Multilevel Examination of 108 Countries
Saifuddin Ahmed, Jaeho Cho, Kokil Jaidka, Johannes C. Eichstaedt, Lyle H. Ungar

“The Whole World Watching”? How News Media Create the Myth of an Audience of Billions and Foster Imagined Communities
Silke Furst

ICT Aid Flows From China to African Countries: A Communication Network Perspective
Rong Wang, François Bar, Yu Hong

From Ayran to Dragon Fruit Smoothie: Populism, Polarization and Social Engineering in Turkey
Defne Karaosmanoglu

Transportation and Smart City Imaginaries: A Critical Analysis of Proposals for the USDOT Smart City Challenge
Oscar H. Gandy, Jr., Selena Nemorin

Incorporating Research Design in Public Diplomacy: The Role of Listening to Foreign Publics
Juve J. Cortés, Thomas Jamieson

The Unruly, Loud, and Intersectional Muslim Woman: Interrupting the Aesthetic Styles of Islamic Fashion Images on Instagram
Kristin M. Peterson

Political Parallelism in Transitional Media Systems: The Case of Libya
Anja Wollenberg, Carola Richter

“Why Does a Teacher Feel the Need to Post My Kid?”: Parents and Teachers Constructing Morally Acceptable Boundaries of Children’s Social Media Presence
Davide Cino, Chiara Dalledonne Vandini

My Reality Is More Truthful Than Yours: Radical Right-Wing Politicians’ and Citizens’ Construction of “Fake” and “Truthfulness” on Social Media—Evidence From the United States and The Netherlands
Michael Hameleers

What Data Can Do: A Typology of Mechanisms
Angèle Christin

An International Analysis of Governmental Media Campaigns to Deter Asylum Seekers
Sarah C. Bishop

Mapping Connective Actions in the Global Alt-Right and Antifa Counterpublics
Weiai Wayne Xu

Extending Disposition Theory of Sports Spectatorship to ESports
Logan D. Trent, Daniel M. Shafer

Mutual Group Polarization in the Blogosphere: Tracking the Hoax Discourse on Climate Change
Michael Brüggemann, Dag Elgesem, Nils Bienzeisler, Helena Dedecek Gertz, Stefanie Walter 

Toward Reducing Institutional Digital Divides in the Media Industry: Examining Social Media Use in Ethnic Media Organizations
Xin Zhou, Matthew Matsaganis

Social Media Campaigns Against Violent Extremism: A New Approach to Evaluating Video Storytelling
Sara Monaci

Protest Participation Experiences and Media Uses in Urban Protests: A Conceptualization and Empirical Examination
Yeji Kwon, Yong-Chan Kim, Euikyung Shin, Ahra Cho, Jee Hyun Kim

The Effects of Political Conflict News Frame on Political Polarization: A Social Identity Approach
Youngju Kim, Shuhua Zhou


Kristian Bjørkdahl and Benedicte Carlsen, Pandemics, Publics, and Politics: Staging Responses to Public Health Crises
Gaotong Li, Gaoxin Li

Manuela Wagner, Dorie Conlon Perugini, and Michael Byram (Eds.), Teaching Intercultural Competence Across the Age Range
Renzhong Peng, Rongrong Fu

Paul Roquet, Ambient Media, Japanese Atmospheres of the Self
Gabriele de Seta

Luwei Rose Luqiu, Propaganda, Media, and Nationalism in Mainland China and Hong Kong
Yu Xiang

Roy Youdale, Using Computers in the Translation of Literary Style: Challenges and Opportunities
Jingfeng Zhang, Linxin Liang

Diana Roig-Sanz and Reine Meylaerts (Eds.), Literary Translation and Cultural Mediators in ‘Peripheral’ Cultures: Customs Officers or Smugglers?
Jianwei Zheng, Wenjun Fan

The House of Truth: Review of Three Books
Sue Jansen

Ginger Nolan, The Neocolonialism of the Global Village
Greg Niedt

Matthew W. Ragas and Ron Culp, Mastering Business for Strategic Communication: Insights and Advice from the C-suite of Leading Brands
Nandini Bhalla

Aram Sinnreich, The Essential Guide to Intellectual Property
MC Forelle

Simone Murray, The Digital Literary Sphere: Reading, Writing, and Selling Books in the Internet Era
Monica Jean Henderson

Tim Muehlhoff and Richard Langer, Winsome Persuasion: Christian Influence in a Post-Christian World
Lakelyn Taylor

Jonathan Downie, Interpreters vs Machines: Can Interpreters Survive in an AI-Dominated World?
Feng Pan

Dimitris Asimakoulas, Rewriting Humour in Comic Books: Cultural Transfer and Translation of Aristophanic Adaptations
Fangyuan Hou, Fan Ye

Hansjörg Bittner, Evaluating the Evaluator: A Novel Perspective on Translation Quality Assessment
Shicong Nie, Shuhuai Wang

Mia Fischer, Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State
Erique Zhang


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Arlene Luck
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IJoC Publishes Special Section on the Hermit Regime

International Journal of Communication

Publishes a Special Section on the Hermit Regime

Hermit Regime

This Special Section on Talking With the ‘Hermit Regime’: North Korea, Media, and Communication  brings together nine original articles and an editorial introduction that pioneer the field of communication research in one of the most under-explored countries in the world. Changes in North Korea —with new communication infrastructure as well as increased diplomatic exchanges with the outside world — have led to hopes of increased communication between the ‘Hermit Regime’ and the outside world.

So how can we conceptualize changes in the media in and about North Korea? And how are the changes in media and journalism impacting diverse communities within North Korea as well as its neighboring countries?  These are the questions this Special Section seeks to answer.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of current research, the articles in this Special Section come from a wide range of disciplines such as history, cultural studies, psychology and East Asian studies. While many of the issues surrounding news and propaganda in North Korea are unique to the regime, authors show the generalizability of findings with comparative research. Consequently, the Special Section places North Korea on the map of communication research and point to directions for future studies.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of 10 scholarly articles in the International Journal of Communication  that published February 23, 2020. Please Ctrl+Click  on the titles below for direct hyperlinking.


Talking With the Hermit Regime: North Korea, Media, and Communication Editorial Introduction
Seungahn Nah, Soomin Seo

Mapping Communication Research Concerning North Korea: A Systematic Review (2000-2019)
Soomin Seo, Seungahn Nah

Media Liberalization: Control and Consumption of Foreign Media in North Korea, China, and East Germany
Martha Kuhnhenn, Micky Lee, Weiqi Zhang

Penetration and Influence of NK Media: China and Russian Strategic Narratives During the 2017–2018 Nuclear Confrontation
Robert Hinck, Skye C. Cooley

Close Encounters of the Non-Nuclear Kind: The North Korean Publicity Campaign in American Media of the 1970s
Ria Chae

Remaking Imagination: Media and Nation in North Korea
Sunkyung Choi

An Unlikely Seducer: Kim Jong-un’s Charm Offensive from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics until the Trump-Kim Summit
Julia Sonnevend, Youngrim Kim

Is Mr. Kim a “Nuclear Madman” or a “Reasonable Leader”? Media Framing of Kim Jong-un’s Images in South Korean and U.S. Newspapers
Na Yeon Lee, Kanghui Baek, Sun Ho Jeong

What’s Going on in the Korean Peninsula? Perception and Influence of South and North Korea-Related Fake News
Yoo Jung Oh, Ji Youn Ryu, Hee Sun Park

Mobile Media and Its Impacts on Social Change and Human Rights in North Korea
Sunny Yoon


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Seungahn Nah, Soomin Seo
Guest Editors


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.


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

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.



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


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


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
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