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Posted By Administration, Monday, July 6, 2020


Book Announcement: Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization

Kurt Braddock, braddock@american.edu

Cambridge University Press, available May 28, 2020

Strengthen your understanding of the persuasive mechanisms used by terrorist groups and how they are effective in order to defeat them. Weaponized Words applies existing theories of persuasion to domains unique to this digital era, such as social media, YouTube, websites, and message boards to name but a few. Terrorists deploy a range of communication methods and harness reliable communication theories to create strategic messages that persuade peaceful individuals to join their groups and engage in violence. While explaining how they accomplish this, the book lays out a blueprint for developing counter-messages perfectly designed to conquer such violent extremism and terrorism. Using this basis in persuasion theory, a socio-scientific approach is generated to fight terrorist propaganda and the damage it causes.

The book is currently available for pre-order through CUP's website (https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/psychology/social-psychology/weaponized-words-strategic-role-persuasion-violent-radicalization-and-counter-radicalization?format=PB) and major retailers like Amazon, The Book Repository, and others.



Book Announcement: Where Ideas Go to Die: The Fate of Intellect in American Journalism

Michael McDevitt, mike.mcdevitt@colorado.edu

Oxford University Press

Ideas die at the hands of journalists. This is the controversial thesis offered by Michael McDevitt in a sweeping examination of anti-intellectualism in American journalism. A murky presence, anti-intellectualism is not acknowledged by reporters and editors. It is not easily measured by scholars, as it entails opportunities not taken, context not provided, ideas not examined. Where Ideas Go to Die (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/where-ideas-go-to-die-9780190869953?cc=us&lang=en&#) will be the first book to document how journalism polices intellect at a time when thoughtful examination of our society's news media is arguably more important than ever.

Through analysis of media encounters with dissent since 9/11, McDevitt argues that journalism engages in a form of social control, routinely suppressing ideas that might offend audiences. McDevitt is not arguing that journalists are consciously or purposely controlling ideas, but rather that resentment of intellectuals and suspicion of intellect are latent in journalism and that such sentiment manifests in the stories journalists choose to tell, or not to tell. In their commodification of knowledge, journalists will, for example, "clarify" ideas to distill deviance; dismiss nuance as untranslatable; and funnel productive ideas into static, partisan binaries.

Anti-intellectualism is not unique to American media. Yet, McDevitt argues that it is intertwined with the nation's cultural history, and consequently baked into the professional training that occurs in classrooms and newsrooms. He offers both a critique of our nation's media system and a way forward, to a media landscape in which journalists recognize the prevalence of anti-intellectualism and take steps to avoid it, and in which journalism is considered an intellectual profession.



Today, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced that Sarah J. Jackson and Duncan Watts have each won a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, one of the most prestigious prizes in the social sciences and humanities, bringing with it a grant of $200,000.

Jackson and Watts are among the 27 scholars nationally to win the award, which supports scholarly research and writing aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order.

With this funding, Jackson will study the role of Black media-makers in the 21st century, and Watts' will research bias and misinformation in the media.

“Both Sarah and Duncan are extremely deserving of this fellowship,” said Annenberg School Dean John L. Jackson, Jr. “They are leaders in their fields, and their respective scholarly pursuits are crucial to our understanding of a fully functioning democracy.”

Read more about the projects Jackson and Watts will pursue.







Bryan Denham, a faculty member at Clemson University, has written the monograph “Magazine Journalism in the Golden Age of Muckraking: Patent Medicines Exposures Before and After the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.” An article about the monograph can be found at the Clemson Department of Communication website. The monograph itself can be found at Sage: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1522637920914979







Book Announcement: Trafficking: Narcoculture in Mexico and the United States


Hector Amaya, hectoram@usc.edu


In Trafficking Hector Amaya examines how the dramatic escalation of drug violence in Mexico in 2008 prompted new forms of participation in public culture in Mexico and the United States. He contends that, by becoming a site of national and transnational debate about the role of the state, this violence altered the modes publicness could take, transforming assumptions about freedom of expression and the rules of public participation.


Amaya examines the practices of narcocorrido musicians who take advantage of digital production and distribution technologies to escape Mexican censors and to share music across the US-Mexico border, as well as anonymous bloggers whose coverage of trafficking and violence from a place of relative safety made them public heroes. These new forms of being in the public sphere, Amaya demonstrates, evolved to exceed the bounds of the state and traditional media sources, signaling the inadequacy of democratic theories of freedom and publicness to understand how violence shapes public discourse.


To learn more about the book and to get a copy, go to: https://www.dukeupress.edu/trafficking







Book Announcement: Hybrid Play: Crossing boundaries in game design, players identities and play spaces


Adriana de Souza e Silva, adriana@souzaesilva.com


Editors: Adriana de Souza e Silva and Ragan Glover-Rijkse


This book explores hybrid play as a site of interdisciplinary activity, one that is capable of generating new forms of mobility, communication, subjects, and artistic expression as well as new ways of interacting with and understanding the world.


The chapters in this collection explore hybrid making, hybrid subjects, and hybrid spaces, generating interesting conversations about the past, current and future nature of hybrid play. Together, the authors offer important insights into how place and space are co-constructed through play; how, when, and for what reasons people occupy hybrid spaces; and how cultural practices shape elements of play and vice versa.


A diverse group of scholars and practitioners provides a rich interdisciplinary perspective, which will be of great interest to those working in the areas of games studies, media studies, communication, gender studies, and media arts.


For more information: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780367855055





Critical Media Effects, Social Science Theorizing, and Legitimizing the Voices of Women of Color

In the context of #ShutDownSTEM, #CommunicationSoWhite and #BlackintheIvory, we (Srividya Ramasubramanian and Omotayo Banjo) share about our new theory: Critical Media Effects Framework – that has been published recently in the Journal of Communication. As women immigrant scholar-moms of color in the U.S. academe, this theory is an offering and invitation to fellow BIPOC Communication social scientists to theorize about our lived experiences. To read the full blog post go to: https://www.drsrivi.com/post/critical-media-effects. To read our work, go to: Ramasubramanian, Srividya & Banjo, Omotayo O. (2020). Critical Media Effects Framework: Bridging Critical Cultural Communication and Media Effects through Power, Intersectionality, Context, and Agency, Journal of Communication, 70(3), 379–400, https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqaa014. To access similar publications go to: https://www.drsrivi.com/publications







The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art by Larissa Hjorth, Adriana de Souza e Silva, and Klare Lanson


Adriana de Souza e Silva, aasilva@ncsu.edu


Release date: July 10, 2020


In this companion, a diverse, international and interdisciplinary group of contributors and editors examine the rapidly expanding, far-reaching field of mobile media as it intersects with art across a range of spaces—theoretical, practical and conceptual.


As a vehicle for—and of—the everyday, mobile media is recalibrating the relationship between art and digital networked media, and reshaping how creative practices such as writing, photography, video art and filmmaking are being conceptualized and practised. In exploring these innovations, The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art pulls together comprehensive, culturally nuanced and interdisciplinary approaches; considerations of broader media ecologies and histories and political, social and cultural dynamics; and critical and considered perspectives on the intersections between mobile media and art.


This book is the definitive publication for researchers, artists and students interested in comprehending all the various aspects of mobile media art, covering digital media and culture, internet studies, games studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, media and communication, cultural studies and design.


For more information, check: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Mobile-Media-Art/Hjorth-Silva-Lanson/p/book/9780367197162




Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth is a creative practitioner, digital ethnographer and Director of the Design & Creative Practice ECP Platform at RMIT University. Hjorth has published over 100 publications on mobile media studies—recent publications include Haunting Hands (with Cumiskey 2017), Understanding Social Media (with Hinton, 2nd Edition 2019), Creative Practice Ethnographies (with Harris, Jungnickel and Coombs 2020) and Ambient Play (with Richardson 2020).


Professor Adriana de Souza e Silva is the Director of the Mobile Gaming Research Lab at the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. de Souza e Silva is the co-editor and co-author of several books, including Net-Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (with Gordon 2011), Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces: Control, Privacy, and Urban Sociability (with Frith 2012), Mobility and Locative Media: Mobile Communication in Hybrid Spaces (with Sheller 2014) and Hybrid Play (with Glover-Rijkse 2020).


Klare Lanson is a performance poet and artist researcher. Recent collaborative and interdisciplinary art projects are #wanderingcloud (2012–2015), Commute (2013–2016) and mobile art ethnography TouchOn/TouchOff (2017). Publications include Digital Cultures & Society (2019), Min-a-rets Poetry Journal (2018), thephonebook.com (2002), Cordite Poetry Review, Overland Journal and Realtime Arts, and she was also co-editor of the 40-year-old Australian literary anthology Going Down Swinging.






Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando Appointed Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies of Daystar University

Daystar University has appointed ICA BMAL for Africa; the Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, with effect from 15th June 2020. Her vision for the Directorate is to steer Daystar into a research-oriented University.  This vision is embedded in her mission, namely, “to develop scholars through mentorship programs - for staff, faculty and postgraduate students - that demystify (scientific) research and publications.” She hopes that in the next three years, she will have managed to “adjust” the core functions of Daystar University to: research, teaching & Community service, in that order. The aim is to have research inform teaching and Community service. “Research makes a university active and visible. And that is my focus,” she notes. Lando acknowledges that she cannot manage to achieve this single-handedly, and so, she looks towards her ICA links. “As I seek external collaborations and partnerships, my focus is on ICA colleagues who are interested in collaborating with the global south in research and postgraduate studies.” Lando also thanks ICA for forming her, exposing her to new experiences in high-end conferences and networks that majorly contributed to her appointment. “I cannot forget or leave ICA!” She notes. 



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