International Journal of Communication invites you to read 52 papers that published SEPTEMBER 2018

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International Journal of Communication
invites you to read these 52 papers that
published in SEPTEMBER  2018

The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 52 papers in September 2018 including a Special Section on “Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age” and a Special Section on “Mobilities, Communication, and Asia.”  To access these papers, please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking, or go to to read the Special Sections.


Does Having a Political Discussion Help or Hurt Intergroup Perceptions? Drawing Guidance From Social Identity Theory and the Contact Hypothesis
Robert M. Bond, Hillary C. Shulman, Michael Gilbert

How to Conceptualize a Culture of Support Through “Language Plus” Presented at the Right Time to the Right Audience
Şermin Tekinalp

Mapping Communication Infrastructure Theory Onto Twitter: Network Integration and Neighborhood Storytelling
Zheng An, Luana Mendiola-Smith

Virtual Reality and the Syrian Refugee Camps: Humanitarian Communication and the Politics of Empathy
Bimbisar Irom

One Belt, Competing Metaphors: The Struggle Over Strategic Narrative in English-Language News Media
Jing Xin, Donald Matheson

Heterogeneity in Alternative Media Spheres: Oppositional Media and the Framing of Sectarianism in the Syrian Conflict
Yazan Badran, Kevin Smets

Face Value: Linking Nonverbal Cues to Character Traits in Impression Formation of Politicians
Danielle Kilgo, Trent R. Boutler, Renita Coleman

Immediacy Communication and Success in Crowdfunding Campaigns: A Multimodal Communication Approach
Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman, Gil Avnimelech

What Politicians Look For in the News and How That Affects Their Behavior: A Uses and Gratifications Approach to Political Agenda
Juho Vesa, Helena Blomberg, Christian Kroll, Peter Van Aelst

The Triumph of Social Privacy: Understanding the Privacy Logics of Sharing Behaviors Across Social Media
Zoetanya Sujon

Examining Effects of Informational Use of Social Media Platforms and Social Capital on Civic Engagement Regarding Genetically Modified Foods in China
Nainan Wen, Ran Wei

Digital Amplification of Fringe Voices: Alternative Media and Street Politics in Hong Kong
Yidong Wang

How Social Well-Being Is Affected by Digital Inequalities
Moritz Büchi, Noemi Festic, Michael Latzer

Public Diplomacy on Social Media: Analyzing Networks and Content
Efe Sevin, Diana Ingenhoff  

Gender Policing in Mainstream Hindi Cinema: A Decade of Central Female Characters in Top-Grossing Bollywood Movies
Subuhi Khan, Laramie Taylor 

Bane or a Device? Use of Stereotypic Content as a Method to Increase the Power of Mediated Communication
Miki Tanikawa

Exploring Risk Perception and Intention to Engage in Social and Economic Activities During the South Korean MERS Outbreak
Doo-Hun Choi, Dong-Hee Shin, Keeho Park, Woohyun Yoo

Mamfakinch: From Protest Slogan to Mediated Activism
Annemarie Iddins

Lega Nord and Anti-Immigrationism: The Importance of Hegemony Critique for Social Media Analysis and Protest
Cinzia Padovani

The Flip: Mobile Communication of North Korean Migrant Women During Their Journey to South Korea
Juhee Kang, Richard Ling, Arul Chib

Tweeting the Attack: Predicting Gubernatorial Candidate Attack Messaging and Its Spread
Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Feifei Zhang, Jeff Hemsley, Sikana Tanupabrungsun

“It’s Like Learning a Whole Other Language”: The Role of Algorithmic Skills in the Curation of Creative Goods
Erin Klawitter, Eszter Hargittai

Analyzing Spatialization in Newspapers’ Production: A Case Study of Guadalajara’s Daily Press
Juan S. Larrosa-Fuentes

“Banal” Europeanized National Public Spheres? Framing the Eurozone Crisis in the European Elite Press
Katharine Sarikakis, Asimina Koukou, Lisa Winter

The Strange Life and Death of the Fairness Doctrine: Tracing the Decline of Positive Freedoms in American Policy Discourse
Victor Pickard



The Limits of the Limits of the Law: How Useable Are DMCA Anticircumvention Exceptions?
Patricia Aufderheide, Aram Sinnreich, Joseph Graf



Jennifer A. Theiss, The Experience and Expression of Uncertainty in Close Relationships
Lingzi Zhong

Ethan Tussey, The Procrastination Economy: The Big Business of Downtime
Anastasia Kononova

Oscar Hemer and Thomas Tufte (Eds.), Voice + Matter: Communication, Development, and the Cultural Return
Hyun Tae (Calvin) Kim

Robert R. Foster and Heather A. Horst (Eds.), The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones: Pacific Islands Perspectives
Richard Ling 

Michael Bugeja, Interpersonal Divide in the Age of the Machine (2nd Edition)
Min Wang 

Aeron Davis (Ed.), The Death of Public Knowledge: How Free Markets Destroy Democracy
Niall P. Stephens

____________________________________________________________________________________________ Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor     

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IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Mobilities, Communication, and Asia

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on
Mobilities, Communication, and Asia

The Special Section on “Mobilities, Communication, and Asia” examines the interplay of communication, power, and movement amid large-scale transformations throughout Asia. Guest-edited by Mohan J. Dutta and Raka Shome, this Special Section brings together 11 articles that theorize from and within Asia the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of im/mobilities, and the ways in which these constitute constructions and negotiations of the social, cultural, political, and economic. The articles depict communicative negotiations amid movements in and across Asia, examining critically the hegemonic formations of Asian mobility. They offer locally grounded theoretical anchors for understanding these movements.


The global movement of capital, commodities, and labor foreground certain meanings of mobility while erasing other interpretations. Further, the global movement of capital, while enabling and encouraging mobility for some, renders many others immobile — disconnected, expelled, and erased from the possibilities of movement. Mobility and immobility thus are not binaries but are interrelated in a system that expresses and captures the desires and violence of globalization. The figure of the migrant and the various processes of migration make these relations both visible and invisible. Mediated and communication practices — such as technology, films, music, social media, and remittances — play intrinsic roles in shaping and informing various forms of migration.

Additionally, the transnational migration of communication practices themselves constitutes new forms of mobilities and immobilities, opportunities for enacting agency, identity formations, and collective organizing in resistance. The articles in this Special Section draw on the lived experiences of migrants in and across Asia to offer conceptual frameworks for examining the nature of communication amid migration, attending to the particulars of migration and simultaneously offering globally anchored entry points to theorizing mobility.

We invite you to read these articles that published September 26, 2018 in the International Journal of CommunicationPlease Ctrl+Click on the titles below for direct hyperlinking to these articles.


Mobilities, Communication, and Asia: Introduction
Raka Shome, Mohan Jyoti Dutta

Tracing the Discourse of Migrant Labor in China: Mobility, Fixity, and Displacement in the Workshop of the World
Zhuo Ban

Logics of Mobility: Social Movements and Their Networked Other
Shiv Ganesh

“I Have Always Thought of My Family First”: An Analysis of Transnational Caregiving Among Filipino Migrant Adult Children in Melbourne, Australia
Earvin Charles B. Cabalquinto

Essentialist Identities as Resistance to Immobilities: Communicative Mobilities of Vietnamese Foreign Brides in Singapore
Arul Chib, Hoan Nguyen

Im/materializing Cross-Border Mobility: A Study of Mainland China–Hong Kong Daigou [Cross-Border Shopping Services on Global Consumer Goods]
Xie ZhuoXiao

Precarities of Migrant Work in Singapore: Migration, (Im)mobility, and Neoliberal Governmentality
Mohan Dutta, Satveer Kaur-Gill

Media, Mobility, and Resilience Among Diasporic Young People 
Audrey Yue

Mobile Media Photography and Intergenerational Families
Jolynna Sinanan, Larissa Hjorth, Kana Ohashi, Fumitoshi Kato

Facebook, Long-Distance Marriages, and the Mediation of Intimacies
Kristel Anne Acedera, Brenda Yeoh

Dreams and Desserts, Indigenous Migration, Service, and Mobility in India
Dolly Kikon


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor                                                                   

Mohan J. Dutta, Raka Shome
Guest Editors



IJoC Publishes Special Section on Authoritarian Practices

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on
Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age  


There is increasing concern about how digital technologies contribute to a decline of democracy and the rise of authoritarian tendencies. Published September 18, 2018, this Special Section on Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age breaks new ground by systematically examining how digital authoritarian practices are diffused between states, co-produced by states and corporate actors, legitimized in multilateral settings, and experienced by citizens. Digital authoritarian practices describe threats to the democratic process, sabotaging accountability by disrupting access to information or disabling communication.



Edited by Marlies Glasius and Marcus Michaelsen, University of Amsterdam, the Special Section brings together nine papers including an editorial introduction, a conceptual prologue, and seven research articles that extend our understanding of the relationship between contemporary forms of authoritarianism and digital communication technologies. The contributions investigate Internet control and censorship, surveillance, and disinformation, presenting insights from China, Russia and Central Asia, Iran, Pakistan, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Western Europe.

In addition to presenting original empirical research, the articles aim to advance conceptual knowledge on what constitutes an authoritarian and/or illiberal practice in the field of digital technologies, and how these practices, in turn, may change the ways in which the technologies are used and developed in an increasingly interconnected world.

To access the papers, please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking, or go to We look forward to your feedback.


Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Age — Introduction
Marcus Michaelsen, Marlies Glasius

Illiberal and Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Sphere — Prologue
Marlies Glasius, Marcus Michaelsen

Information, Security, and Authoritarian Stability: Internet Policy Diffusion and Coordination in the Former Soviet Region
Jaclyn A. Kerr

The Contestation and Shaping of Cyber Norms through China’s Internet Sovereignty Agenda
Sarah McKune, Shazeda Ahmed

Transforming Threats to Power: The International Politics of Authoritarian Internet Control in Iran
Marcus Michaelsen 

Asymmetrical Power Between Internet Giants and Users in China
Aofei Lv, Ting Luo

Blocking the Bottleneck: Internet Shutdowns and Ownership at Election Times in Sub-Saharan Africa
Tina Freyburg, Lisa Garbe

Understanding Internet Shutdowns: A Case Study from Pakistan
Ben Wagner

Through a Glass, Darkly: Everyday Acts of Authoritarianism in the Liberal West
Stefania Milan, Arne Hintz

Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Marlies Glasius, Marcus Michaelsen
Guest Editors


IJoC Publishes 25 papers in August 2018

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The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 25 papers in August 2018 including a Special Section on Political Scandale=s. To access these papers, please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking, or go to 


Bringing the Mountain to the Prophet: Marshall McLuhan’s Mythology in the Anthropocene
Niall P. Stephens

Becoming Iconic
Barry King 

Social Issues and TV Scripted Fiction: An Exploration of Fans’ Feedback in Spain
Deborah Castro, Joseph D. Straubhaar

Rethinking the Venezuelan Media Presidency: Populism/Authoritarianism and “Spectacular Modernity
Noah Zweig

The Bounded Embodiment of Fandom in China: Recovering Shifting Media Experiences and Fan Participation Through an Oral History of Animation-Comics-Games Lovers
Yiyi Yin, Xie Zhuoxiao

Implicit and Explicit Control: Modeling the Effect of Internet Censorship on Political Protest in China
Jiayin Lu, Yupei Zhao

Networks of Play and Resentment: Emotionally Mobilized Protests in Macau in the Internet Age
Zhongxuan Lin

Theoretical Frames and Institutional Constraints: A Synopsis About Chilean Communication Research in the 21st Century
Claudia Lagos Lira

Attention in Business Press to the Diffusion of Attention Technologies, 1990–2017
Ronald E. Rice, Zane T. Hoffmann

The Media Event Build-Up Phase: A Site of Contestation and Counternarratives
Cerianne Robertson

Far-Right Parties in the European Union and Media Populism: A Comparative Analysis of 10 Countries During European Parliament Elections
Larisa Doroshenko

The Post-Truth Double-Helix: Reflexivity and Mistrust in Local Politics
Timothy Gibson


Yu Hong, Networking China: The Digital Transformation of the Chinese Economy 
Menglu Lyu

Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, Tamar Tembeck (Eds.), The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age
Aleena Chia

Theorizing the Future of Rhetoric and Posthumanism: Perspectives on Bodies that Learn Language and Objects that Have Agency
Emma Frances Bloomfield 

Grant Bollmer, Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection
George Maier

Andre Cavalcante, Struggling for Ordinary: Media and Transgender Belonging in Everyday Life
Greg Niedt

Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

IJoC Publishes 18 papers in July 2018

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The International Journal Communication is pleased to announce the publication of 18 papers in July 2018 including the Special Section on News Media & the Emotional Public Sphere as well as the Special Section on (Un)civil Society in Digital China. To access these papers, please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking or go to 


Communication Theory After the Administered Society: The “Total Market” in the Writings of the Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones
Vicente Berdayes

“He’s Got His Own Sea”: Political Facebook Unfriending in the Personal Public Sphere
Nicholas A. John, Noam Gal

A New Women’s Work: Digital Interactions, Gender, and Social Network Sites
Angela M. Cirucci

Changing Center and Stagnant Periphery in Communication and Media Studies: National
Diversity of Major International Journals in the Field of Communication from 2013 to 2017

Marton Demeter

Winds of Change? BRICS as a Perspective in International Media Research
Afonso de Albuquerque, Diógenes Lycarião

The Idea of Europeanness: Perceptions of Erasmus Students in Turkey and The Netherlands
Zeynep Aksoy

Poor Information: How Economics Affects the Information Lives of Low-Income Individuals
James T. Hamilton, Fiona Morgan

Can the Internet Aid Democratic Consolidation? Online News and Legitimacy in Central
and Eastern Europe

Matthew Placek

Smartphones as Metamedia: A Framework for Identifying the Niches Structuring Smartphone Use
Lee Humphreys, Veronika Karnowski, Thilo von Pape

Selfies and Cultural Events: Mixed Methods for the Study of Selfies in Context
Gemma San Cornelio, Antoni Roig


Making Implicit Methods Explicit: Trade Press Analysis in the Political Economy of Communication
Thomas F. Corrigan


Robert E. Babe, Wilbur Schramm and Noam Chomsky Meet Harold Innis: Media, Power
and Democracy

Marcus Breen

Grant Bollmer, Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection
J.J. Sylvia IV

Jody C. Baumgartner and Terri L. Towner (Eds.), The Internet and the 2016 Presidential Campaign
Fatemeh Kamali Chirani

The Ambivalences of the Citizen Marketer Concept: A Response to Tabassum Ruhi Khan
Joel Penney

Ulla Carlsson and David Goldberg (Eds.), The Legacy of Peter Forsskål: 250 Years of Freedom of Expression
Andrei G. Richter 

Keyword Up!
Jack Bratich

Paul Feigenbaum, Collaborative Imagination: Earning Activism through Literacy Education
Kellie Brownlee

Larry Gross

 Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Political Scandals

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on Political Scandals

This Special Section on “Political Scandals as a Democratic Challenge” brings together seven original papers (plus an editorial introduction) on current international research in the area of political scandals. The complexity of these processes underlines the need for critical, interdisciplinary research, and this Special Section includes a systematic review of research examining the various effects of political scandals, and a paper analyzing the psychological reactions of politicians involved in scandals.

Political Scandals


The Section focuses on the primary question: What are the roles–and effects–of mediated political scandals on democratic processes?

A central topic in several of the articles is the contradictory status of journalism as an important “watchdog” institution, holding political leaders to account, and media institutions as a “scandal machine” that ignores serious political misdeeds and inflates the importance of trivial norm violations. Other papers discuss how politicians and power holders may provoke and use staged mediated scandals in order to influence the public agenda and smear competitors. The complexity of such scandalization processes underlines the need of critical, interdisciplinary research, and this Special Section includes a systematic review of research examining the various effects of political scandals and a paper analyzing the psychological reactions of politicians involved in scandals.

We invite you to read these eight articles that just published in the International Journal of Communication on August 6, 2018. Please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below to hyperlink to the papers of interest.


Political Scandals as a Democratic Challenge: From Important Revelations to Provocations, Trivialities, and Neglect. Introduction
Sigurd Allern, Christian von Sikorski

Blunders, Scandals, and Strategic Communication in U.S. Foreign Policy: Benghazi vs. 9/11
Robert Entman, Sarah Stonbely

Political Scandals Under Responsive Authoritarianism: The Case of the Bo Xilai Trial in China
Francis L. F. Lee

“Assassination Campaigns”: Corruption Scandals and News Media Instrumentation
Paolo Mancini

The New Normal: Scandals as a Standard Feature of Political Life in Nordic Countries
Ester Pollack, Sigurd Allern, Anu Kantola, Mark Ørsten

The Aftermath of Political Scandals: A Meta-Analysis
Christian von Sikorski

Powerful and Powerless: Psychological Reactions of Norwegian Politicians Exposed in Media Scandals
Kim Edgar Karlsen, Fanny Duckert

Hidden Traps: An Essay on Scandals — Commentary
Hans Mathias Kepplinger


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Sigurd Allern, Christian von Sikorski
Guest Editors

IJoC Publisher Special Section on News Media and the Emotional Public Sphere

International Journal of Communication

Publishes a Special Section on
News Media and the Emotional Publi
c Sphere 

This Special Section on “News Media and the Emotional Public Sphere” brings together six original papers (plus an editorial introduction) on current research on news media and emotions and their influence on the dynamics of the public sphere. The concept of the emotional dimension of the political public sphere sheds light on the mobilizing power of civic reactions to anti-austerity measures, immigration flows, or fake news. In addition, media framing of those reactions plays a crucial role in contemporary social and political life.

This Special Section focuses on the twofold primary question: What is the role of emotions in the production and reception of news, and what are the implications of emotion-related journalistic practices and narratives for the Public Sphere?

News media

These articles investigate a wide range of topics, such as freedom of speech, online politics, protest coverage, the European financial crisis, the value of emotionality in the news, and the sharing of news. All six articles have important implications for the understanding of how news media shape the way emotions are framed and communicated to the public.

Furthermore, this Special Sections highlights the importance of the emotional dimension of the public sphere to understand why traditional, rationalistic perspectives on both the media and the public sphere do not suffice to capture the complexities of social and political life in contemporary democracies.

To access these papers, please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking or go to  We look forward to your feedback.


News Media and the Emotional Public Sphere – Introduction
Omar V. Rosas, Javier Serrano-Puche 

The Emotional Public Sphere and Its Importance: Freedom of Speech as a Case Study
Barry Richards

Public Sphere Participation Online: The Ambiguities of Affect – Commentary
Peter Dahlgren

Toward a Typology of Mediated Anger: Routine Coverage of Protest and Political Emotion
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

The Emotional Economy of the European Financial Crisis in the UK Press
Tereza Capelos, Theofanis Exadaktylos, Stavroula Chrona, Maria Poulopoulou 

Strategic Avoidance and Strategic Use: A Look Into Spanish Online Journalists’ Attitudes Toward Emotions in Reporting
Omar V. Rosas

Audience as Medium: Motivations and Emotions in News Sharing
Alberto Dafonte-Gómez


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Omar V. Rosas, Javier Serrano-Puche
Guest Editors