Thursday, January 29, 2009

Call for Papers: Communication Pedagogy in the Age of Social Media

Electronic Journal of Communication
(EJC -

Call for Papers: Communication Pedagogy in the Age of Social Media

Over the last few years, social media technologies such as blogs, microblogs, digital videos, podcasts, wikis, and social networks, have seen a dramatic increase in adoption rates. Because they connect people and facilitate the exchange of information and web content, social media technologies not only provide a powerful new way to interact with one another, they also present exciting new pedagogical opportunities.

This special issue seeks to examine the pedagogical applications of social media technologies, especially with regard to the communication classroom. Examples of best practices in social media adoption in all areas of communication education are welcome, as are case studies or empirical research analyzing the effectiveness and/or effects of incorporating social media technologies into the communication classroom.

Research examining the role these technologies play in the social construction of a collective knowledge pool would also fit within the scope of this special issue.

Deadline for completed manuscripts is April 1, 2009.
See the full call for papers at:

Issue Editors:
Corinne Weisgerber, Ph.D. and Shannan H. Butler, Ph.D.

Send inquiries and submissions to:

1981 TV report on "electronic nespapers"

This is a 1981 local Bay Area TV news report about "electronic newspapers". Long before anyone had heard of the Internet, early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online ... sort of. Long before anyone had heard of the Internet, early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online ... sort of. Steve Newman's 1981 story was broadcast on KRON San Francisco.

They treat the idea that's basically the internet like crazy woo-woo science fiction. Electronic newspapers are to the internet what horseless carriages were to the car in 1981.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Media Practices in International Contexts Blog

We are very pleased to introduce our new blog series, New Media Practices in International Contexts. Our blog series looks at the intersection of youth, new media and learning in a range of countries outside of North America and Western Europe. Inspired by the ways in which Scribner and Cole’s (1981) work among the Vai of Liberia transformed activity theory, Brian Street’s (1984, 1993) fieldwork in Iran contributed to the development of New Literacy Studies and Paulo Freire’s (1970) work in Brazil influenced critical pedagogy, we believe that examining new media practices from an international (and, in some cases, transnational) perspective will enhance our current efforts to theorize youth, new media and learning.

Over the next three to four months we will be introducing six case studies – Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Korea and Japan – which challenge us to think about the intersection of youth, new media and learning in new ways. Beginning with Cara Wallis’ analysis of China today, each country review will begin a discussion of the telecommunications landscape. Subsequent posts by HyeRyoung Ok (Korea), Anke Schwittay (India), Heather Horst (Brazil), Mimi Ito and Daisuke Okabe (Japan) and Araba Sey (Ghana) will focus upon internet and mobile phone practices, gaming as well as new media production. As we have discovered in reading and writing up the material, each case study provides a unique perspective on the ways in which infrastructure, institutions and culture (among other factors) shape contemporary new media practices. If you know of books or articles that we have missed, or have feedback on any of the case studies, we would really welcome a comment or an email.

Before I conclude, I want to add one final note. In the exploratory phase of this project we sent out requests for articles, books and information to various individuals and news lists. We were all amazed at the generosity of fellow researchers in providing summaries of the fascinating work being carried out in this space and, in some cases, extensive bibliographies. We would like to thank the following individuals for their valuable suggestions and assistance:

Julie Soleil Archimbault, Francois Bar, Paul Braund, Larissa Hjorth, Răzvan Nicolescu, John Postill and Mikko Villi.

In addition, many of us have also found discussions on the Media Anthropology and Association of Internet Researchers extremely valuable. We are very grateful to these two communities of scholars.


Freire, P. 1970. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Seabury Press.

Scribner, S and M. Cole. 1981. The Psychology of Literacy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Street, B. 1984. Literacy in Theory and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Street, B. 1993. Cross-cultural Approaches to Literacy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

New issue of MeCCSA PGN Journal

Following the success of the fifth MeCCSA Postgraduate Network conference held at the University of Sussex in July 2008, we are pleased to announce that a new issue of the e-journal Networking Knowledge is now available online at the following address:

This issue includes a selection of 16 articles originally delivered at the conference by postgraduate students from ten different academic institutions, and covering a wide range of topics in the fields of Media, Communication and Cultural studies.

Veronica Barassi
Digital vs Material: the Everyday Construction of Mediated Political Action

Linda Berkvens
From Below to Above the Title: the Construction of the Star Image of Barbara Stanwyck, 1930-1935

Jimmy Billingham
Indeterminate Film-thinking and Interpretation

Niall Brennan
Representing National Culture, Values and Identity in the Brazilian Television Mini-series

Marina Dekavalla
Scottish Press Coverage of UK General Elections after Devolution: the 2001 and 2005 Campaigns

Vincent M. Gaine
'We're on Flashdrive or CD-ROM': Disassembly and Deletion in the Digital Noir of Collateral

Huili Hao
The Representation of Motherhood in Post-socialist Chinese Cinema

Craig Haslop
Wot Not Queer: the Search for Sexual Representation in Audience Research

Rachael Kelly
The Iconography of Mark Antony

Agnieszka Knaś
Read My Voice: Expressing Silence and Sound in Text-messages

Yvonne Lee
The Medium is Global, The Content is not: Translating Commercial Websites

Liezel C. Longboan
Igorots in the Blogosphere: Claiming Spaces, Re-constructing Identities

Paul O'Reilly
'I Will Survive': Forty Years of Amber Films and the Evolution of Regional Film Policy

Kristin Skoog
"Focus on the Housewife": the BBC and the Post-war Woman, 1945-1955

Hai Tang
Blogging in China: Freedom of Expression vs Political Censorship in Sexual and Satirical Blogs

Rachel Mizsei Ward
Underworld vs the World of Darkness: Players and Filmgoers Respond to a Legal Battle

Monday, January 26, 2009

Virtual Economies, Virtual Goods and Service Delivery in Virtual Worlds

CALL FOR PAPERS - Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Theme: Virtual Economies, Virtual Goods and Service Delivery in Virtual Worlds

Deadlines: Abstract - June 15, 2009.
Full manuscript - November 1, 2009
Publication Date: December 15, 2009

Guest Editors:
Mandy Salomon, Smart Internet Technology CRC,
Serge Soudoplatoff, ESCP-EAP, Hetic;

Whether it may be server as ‘land’, avatar enhancements, like a sword in an online game, an object that signifies social status in a 3DChatroom, or a currency that exists only in cyberspace, the range of virtual assets is as diverse as the scope of assets we gather in the physical world.

The total amount of assets in virtual worlds, including online games, is estimated to be in the vicinity of US$2 billion. The trade of millions of objects has given birth to virtual economies. Some, like Second Life, have a fluctuating currency tied to real world monetary exchange.

Others, like Gaia, reward users for hours of play with gifts, which can be auctioned, following e-bay style, for real money. QQ coins, the Chinese digital currency, are now so included in e-business that it is disrupting established banking practices there.

On the other hand, the regulatory framework surrounding these phenomena is often ill defined, and even worse, exploitative of millions of users. In Second Life, the End User License Agreement (EULA), explained by VW’s commentator Julian Dibbell as “that egregious tool of corporate tyranny over the defenseless voiceless customer” was successfully contested by Mark Bragg. Nevertheless, the statement that virtual goods constitute ‘property’, and hence can be ‘owned’ is still far from solid.

Given such vagaries, what motivates people to invest their time and money and continue to trade together? How is the value of a digital object determined? What can be learned about identity, reputation and social capital in respect to virtual products and services?

In some virtual environments, ‘currency’ is little more than a limited license right. Notwithstanding, models such as Project Entropia, demonstrate that the membrane between real and virtual trade is permeable. So, to what extent are virtual goods and services co-related to the real economy? How is the global financial crisis impacting on virtual expenses?

Clearly, there is a need for a better understanding of virtual commerce (v-commerce) while it is still in its infancy. Today the buying action is performed through a web site; what about tomorrow? Shall we see a proliferation of virtual shopping centers? Might the promise of virtual objects become an incentive for real world action? And what would be the tax implications? How are national jurisdictions determined in the virtual world?

The seventh issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is dedicated to explore the issue of economy in virtual worlds in its broadest sense. We welcome articles from academic researchers and practitioners in areas such as communications, sociology, psychology, anthropology, information systems, political science, game studies and cultural studies.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Characteristics of virtual world economy.

• Classification of Virtual Worlds, regarding economic parameters.

• Indicators, figures, status of the economy.

• Relationships between virtual world economy and real economy.

• The role and nature of virtual assets.

• Government approaches to taxation of virtual economy.

• Nature of goods and services that are exchanged among users; in world and out world.

• Incentives for users to spend money on virtual goods.

• Future of virtual commerce.

Guidelines and Deadlines
We welcome submissions in the form of full research papers, research-in-brief papers, “think-pieces”, essays, monographs, interactive online exhibits with accompanying detailed descriptions, and other forms of scholarship.

For specific submission instructions and detailed descriptions of the different submission formats visit:

Flow Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 5 Now Online

The new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture is available at

This issue features columns from Ben Aslinger, Serra Tinic, Jeffrey Sconce, Rebecca McCarthy, Priscilla Peña Ovalle, Martin Roberts, and Michael Z. Newman.

This issue's columns in brief:

Soundalikes and Disrupted Pleasures
by Ben Aslinger (
A consideration of music copyright struggles and their effects on business practices, audience pleasure and contemporary research.

Brave, New [Branded?] Online World:
by Serra Tinic (
An examination of the world?s first interactive romantic comedy.

Will Hallucinate for Licensed Product
by Jeffrey Sconce (
A look at what the psychiatry calls the "delusion of reference"

The Rise of the Active Audience and Stephen Colbert
by Rebecca McCarthy (
An examination of the active audience redefined through the Stephen Colbert character.

Head & Shoulders Gives Good Hair: Dance, Hair, and Latina Representation
by Priscilla Peña Ovalle (
An analysis on how the media Latina is once again ambiguously racialized through representations of hair and dance.

This Was England: British Television And/As Cultural Heritage
by Martin Roberts (
An exploration of British television?s nostalgia for itself.

TV Binge
by Michael Z. Newman (
A look at the practice of television as a more intense and personal experience.

We look forward to your visit and encourage your comments.

Interested in supporting Flow? Visit our 'Support Flow' page:

Best wishes,
Flow Editorial Staff

Sunday, January 25, 2009

International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)

SUBMISSION DUE DATE: March, 15th, 2009

International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)
Official publication of the Information Resources Management Association

Celia Romm Livermore

Quarterly (both in Print and Electronic form)

Advisory Board:
Ada Scupola, Carol Saunders, Christine Williams, Lynne Markus, Philip Ein-Dor, Prashant Palvia, Robert Davison, Ron Rice, Shailendria Palvia, Shezaf Rafaeli, Steven Gordon

Associate Editors:
Andrea Calderaro, Arik Ragowsky, Cathy Urquhart, Christopher Reddick, Dave Oliver, Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, Isaac Mostovicz, Jack Quarter, Joy Peluchette, Katherine Karl, Luciano Paccagnella, Myles Stern, Nada Kakabadse, Nava Pliskin, Nicolas Ducheneaut, Pippa Norris, Ramesh Srinivasan, Sandy Staples, Tim Roberts, Toni Sommers, Toru Sakaguchi

The primary objective of the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) is to lay the foundations of E-Politics as an emerging interdisciplinary area of research and practice, as well as, to offer a venue for publications that focus on theories and empirical research on the manifestations of E-Politics in various contexts and environments. E-Politcs is defined as influence attempts facilitated by or related to electronic media or to the information technology field. As such, it is seen as interdisciplinary, encompassing areas such as information systems, political science, social science (psychology, sociology, and cultural studies), security, ethics, law, management and others.

Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following:

The politics of the IT function and its role in organizations

a.. The political activities of members of the IT function vis-à-vis the rest of the organization

b.. Changes in the power of the IT unit as a function of the diffusion of new technologies

c.. The strategies used by members of the IT unit to influence others

d.. The impact of global issues such as outsourcing, downsizing, political upheavals, etc. on the political role played by the IT unit within organizations.

The politics of virtual communities

a.. The use of electronic media for industrial relations and negotiations with employers

b.. The use of electronic media for surveillance manipulation and harassment in commercial and non-commercial environments

c.. The impact of status and authority on electronically enabled political maneuvering by management and the effects of culture, race, and gender on political activities within and between organizations.

d.. The political dynamics of geographically based communities (community informatics)

e.. The political dynamics of virtual communities of practice, including: learning communities, customers' communities, eDating communities, gaming communities, support group communities, social networking communities, etc.

Party politics and social activism

a.. eVoting and electronically enabled eGovernment

b.. The role electronic media in political campaigns. Including their impact on political debate, information sharing, political decision making, fund raising, etc.

c.. As electronically enabled party politicking is becoming a global phenomenon, the utilization of E-Politcs at all levels of governance, including the city, the state, the country and the global arenas.

Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered. INTERESTED AUTHORS MUST CONSULT THE JOURNAL'S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at PRIOR TO SUBMISSION. All article submissions will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically to by ****** NO LATER THAN March,
15th, 2009.******

The International Journal of E-Politics is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference) and "Medical Information Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

All inquiries and submissions should be should be directed to the attention of:
Celia Romm Livermore (PhD)
International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)
School of Business Administration
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI, 48202, USA
E-mail address: