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Posted By Administration, Monday, December 3, 2018

New Book Announcement

The Poetics of Digital Media, by Paul Frosh.

Published by Polity, and available in Paperback, Ebook and Hardback.

For more information please visit the book’s webpage:

Short excerpt available here.

Media are poetic forces. They produce and reveal worlds, representing them to our senses and connecting them to our lives. While the poetic powers of media are perceptual, symbolic, social and technical, they are also profoundly moral and existential. They matter for how we reflect upon and act in a shared, everyday world of finite human existence.

The Poetics of Digital Media explores the poetic work of media in digital culture. Developing an argument through close readings of overlooked or denigrated media objects – screenshots, tagging, selfies and more – the book reveals how media shape the taken-for-granted structures of our lives, and how they disclose our world through sudden moments of visibility and tangibility. It investigates how the "given" world we inhabit is given through media.


"The Poetics of Digital Media is a groundbreaking contribution to the study of digital media as a technological, social and symbolic environment. It will be a key point of reference in the study of digital culture for years to come.”

- Lilie Chouliaraki, London School of Economics and Political Science

"When I find myself puzzled by some weird thing in digital visual culture, Paul Frosh is my go-to thinker. This book counters the wide suspicion that poetics is formalist or frivolous and shows how the deepest questions of justice, ethics and the public world are poetic ones. It is a guide for the perplexed in these digital times.”

- John Durham Peters, Yale University


Prologue: Monster’s Inc. as a Poetic Manifesto                                                                     

1. Introduction: Media Poetics

2. Composite: The Morality of Inattention in Pre-digital Media

3. Screenshot: The "Photographic" Witnessing of Digital Worlds           

4. Tag: Naming Bodies and Incarnating Selves in Social Media

5. Selfie: The Digital Image as Gesture and Performance

6. Interface: Remediated Witnessing and Embodied Response

7. Conclusion: To Infinity and Beyond

*About the Author*

Paul Frosh in a Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His previous books include The Image Factory: Consumer Culture, Photography and the Visual Content Industry (2003) and Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication (2011, edited with Amit Pinchevski)


New Book: Human-Machine Communication

As volume editor, I am excited to announce the publication of Human-Machine Communication: Rethinking Communication, Technology, and Ourselves as part of the Digital Formations Series published by Peter Lang. The edited volume serves as an introduction to human-machine communication, an emerging area of study within the communication discipline.

Multiple versions (pdf, paperback, hardcover) are available on Amazon or the publisher's website:

There also is a low-traffic e-mail list for scholars interested in the study of HMC:

Full Description Below:

From virtual assistants to social robots, people are increasingly interacting with intelligent and highly communicative technologies throughout their daily lives. This shift from communicating with people to communicating with people and machines challenges how scholars have theorized and studied communication. Human-Machine Communication: Rethinking Communication, Technology, and Ourselves addresses this transition in how people communicate and who, or what, they communicate with and the implications of this evolution for communication research. Geared toward scholars interested in people’s interactions with technology, this book serves as an introduction to human-machine communication (HMC) as a specific area of study within communication (encompassing human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, and human-agent interaction) and to the research possibilities of HMC. This collection includes papers presented as part of a scholarly conference on HMC, along with invited works from noted researchers. Topics include defining HMC, theoretical approaches to HMC, applications of HMC, and the larger implications of HMC for self and society. The research presented here focuses on people’s interactions with multiple technologies (artificial intelligence, algorithms, and robots) used within different contexts (home, workplace, education, journalism, and healthcare) from a variety of epistemological and methodological approaches (empirical, rhetorical, and critical/cultural). Overall, Human-Machine Communication provides readers with an understanding of HMC in a way that supports and promotes further scholarly inquiry in a growing area of communication research.

I am always happy to answer additional questions at


Mary Bock,

Call for Applications: U of Texas at Austin School of Journalism Graduate Program

The U of Texas at Austin School of Journalism is now accepting applications to our Graduate Program in Journalism and Media.

We are accepting applications to our Doctorate program and our Master’s programs for the fall of 2019. Our deadline is December 15. Please visit our website for more information about the application process:

The U of Texas School of Journalism is consistently ranked among the highest in the U.S., and the Moody School of Communication is ranked among the best in the world.

Doctoral Program

Graduates from our doctoral program are among the most sought-after job candidates in academia. That's because a doctorate from our school is a research-intensive degree, preparing students to become productive researchers across all forms of journalism. Our scholars engage in quantitative and qualitative approaches, learning practical and creative analysis in multiple arenas. These include political communication, audience research, news engagement, visual journalism and cultural, race and gender studies.

This degree requires a minimum of 57 hours of coursework and a dissertation.

Master's Programs

We offer three master's programs. The professional track allows students to specialize in one of four areas – accountability journalism, culture/entertainment/sports, visual storytelling and international journalism. This degree requires 36 hours of coursework and a professional project at the end. The research and theory track (R&T) is designed for students who plan to enter a doctoral program or desire a general conceptual foundation for media-related careers. This degree requires 30 hours of coursework and a thesis. The hybrid track, designed for professionals with industry experience, combines research and high-level journalism training. This degree requires 30 hours of coursework and a thesis.

We approach the study of journalism and media broadly, using a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Our graduate seminars examine a wide range of topics in the study of journalism and media, including digital and social media, the sociology of media, and visual media.  We benefit from the many cutting-edge programs housed within The Moody School of Communication, including the Dallas Morning News Journalism Innovation Endowment, Center for Media Engagement, Center for Health Communication, The Center for Sports Communication and Media, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas -- just to name a few.  

Graduates of our doctoral program have a nearly 100-percent job placement in faculty positions.  Well-qualified doctoral students are guaranteed four-year funding and competitive TA salaries. This fall, we welcome new faculty members, Profs. Amy Kristin Sanders (media law and policy) and Sam Woolley (computational propaganda).  

Moody faculty also are being re-aligned in new ways to strengthen our program’s range and depth in journalism and media research, with new appointments recently extended to Department of Radio-TV-Film professors Sharon Strover, Karin Wilkins, and Kathleen Tyner (adding to prior appointments of Wenhong Chen and Joe Straubhaar).  These colleagues are poised to become more fully involved in our program, providing deep social science expertise and grant support in ethnographic methods, network analysis, media policy, digital platforms, global communication, media literacy, and China. Prof. Talia Stroud (Communication Studies) continues as a key affiliate faculty member in political communication.

To discuss your application or our program, please contact: Dr. Mary Bock, Graduate Adviser ( and/or our Graduate Coordinator, Ms. Sylvia Edwards, (


New Book Announcement

Jeffrey Lane,

Book Announcement: The Digital Street

Dear Colleagues,

I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available. It’s about the digital life of a neighborhood and the on- and offline lives of black teenagers in Harlem. It’s based on fieldwork that I conducted as an outreach worker and what I learned from young people in the shadow of gentrification and the Harlem’s Children’s Zone. It covers five years during the Obama administration when social media came to permeate all aspects of life. I show how teens use their social media accounts and smartphones to manage the risks and opportunities around them and I examine the online interactions between youth, neighborhood adults, and law enforcement that influence their encounters in person. There’s an appendix on digital urban ethnography that I hope will be useful to those doing with neighborhood fieldwork with digital communication and technology.  

For more information:  Oxford University Press / Amazon / Jeffrey Lane, Ph.D. / @TheDigitalStreet

To request a review copy and to advise of where you would like it delivered, please email



New Book Announcement

Pretty Liar: Television, Language, and Gender in Wartime Lebanon

Natalie Khazaal

Hardcover $70.00

Paper $39.95   

Ebook 9780815635994

To order:

"Pretty Liar: Television, Language, and Gender in Wartime Lebanon is an original, accessible, and welcome contribution to the scant literature on Lebanese television. . . . It is an auspicious reminder that Arab media studies has moved into a new phase, away from general introductions to the field and towards an excavation of rich and specific genealogies."

—Marwan M. Kraidy, author of The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World

"This is a fine work and will be a substantive contribution to literature on Lebanon and on media in the region."

—Andrea Stanton, associate professor of Islamic studies, University of Denver

“This is a well-written, impeccably researched, and groundbreaking study of television in Lebanon during the country’s civil war.”

—Christopher Stone, author of Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: the Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

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