Tag Archives: Digital media

Blogging China, Part 2

Editor’s note: In this second installment, students wrote about bike share apps in China, China-US-Australia, popularity of Korean TV melodramas in China, and North Korean defectors in China. –Guobin Yang Social Implications of Bike Share Apps in China Barry Chiu China is seeing a major social change in its attitude towards environmental issues. The bike-sharing […]

Blogging for a Better Future: Reflections on Identity, Immigration, Digital Culture, and US/China

Editor’s note: This semester, I am teaching a large undergraduate course on “Media, Culture, and Society in Contemporary China.” Given the amount of coverage about China in the American news media, I ask students to follow current news related to China and write a weekly one-page blog-style essay to share their observations and reflections. They […]

Archiving Social Movements

On November 17, a few MARC members attended a wonderful talk titled “Diversity in the Archives: Preserving Ephemeral Activist Culture,” organized by Temple University Libraries. A summary would not do justice to the quality of the speakers, so what follows is just a list of the exciting projects they are working on. Bergis Jules, UC Riverside […]

The Affective Publics of Under the Dome

Recently, a documentary film called Under the Dome made by the former celebrity investigative journalist Chai Jing caused a sensation in China and in global media. A film in the style of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Under the Dome is an impassioned exposé of the causes and consequences of air pollution. It is an […]

Biocode: Exploring the Edge

This week at the University of Pennsylvania, academics, activism, and art will converge at Biocode: Performing Transgression After New Media, a three-day conference envisioned and organized by Penn graduate students across several departments, including gender studies, education, communication, English, history of art, and political science. From April 9 through April 11, Biocode participants will lead audience members through […]

International Conference on Communication and the Public: Social Media and Public Engagement

Call for Papers We are in an age of proverbial transformations in media and communication technologies. How these transformations may have changed the meaning of publics such as readers, audience, listeners, and viewers and how people use new media to confront new issues as citizens, consumers, community members, and volunteers are questions at the cutting […]

Generations of Digital Activism

In a forthcoming essay in Social Media + Society, Rosemary Clark and I emphasized the importance of a historical approach to the study of digital media practices. Our argument is that temporality is a missing variable in much current thinking about social media and that communication research should focus more on explaining historical change. We proposed […]