Fall 2011 Editor’s Note

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Moore’s law states that every 18-months the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles, allowing for devices to become smaller and faster. In this digital age with obvious media convergence – this resonates for all of us at gnovis as well.

In the past 16-months, gnovis adjusted dramatically to these dynamic digital times. We re-designed and launched a new website. We published an entire multimedia issue for our summer issue – the first of its kind for us. On our blog, we published more blogs than any other semester and re-introduced our Podcasts under the leadership of Greg Boone. We received an ever-increasing record number of submissions for each issue we’ve published. With this issue, we put together our first designed PDF version of our journal for easier reading on mobile tablets.

gnovis is exponentially growing – and just as Moore’s law, I will continue to expect new features, events and impressive academic journals from future gnovis-ers.

To help with the extra work required of our record submissions, we invited gnovis alumni to serve on our Editorial Board. These scholars provide the editorial team with not only insight into the gnovis tradition, but crucial feedback to ensure the highest standard of journals. I am impressed and grateful to each new member of the Ed. Board and look forward to working with them again in the Spring.

The time I have spent as a leader on gnovis has been quite the rewarding learning experience. The papers continue to teach and impress upon me the growing need for research about technology’s impact on society, culture and communication. The CCT community – its faculty, students and alumni – are all scholars I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to work with and get to know.

gnovis must credit its success to the tireless commitment of CCT students. Thank you peer-reviewers for your feedback. Thank you gnovis bloggers- the ideas generated through our blogs and meetings continues to push the limits of what’s expected and what we’ve been able to accomplish. Special thanks to the hard work of Lead Blogger Alicia Dillon and Webmaster Mauricio Orantes for providing much needed support on the back end of the writing and production process. Colleen Valentine deserves the largest of thank you’s for working tirelessly on every issue and keeping things running smoothly throughout our time working together. Without her – and I say this every time – the journal would not exist.

In the coming months, gnovis will undoubtedly continue on its current trajectory. The future leadership of Katerina Girginova and Sarah Inman demonstrates the commitment to the same ideals and, perhaps even more impressive, goals. I look forward to the exceptional things to come from them both.

With this, I leave you with work that speaks for itself, from the graduate scholars who are exploring this expanding intersection of culture and technology. Enjoy.

Lauren Barnett

Lauren graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2008 with a BA in Mass Communication. Upon graduation, and at the suggestion of a friend, she moved to Philadelphia to explore the 'real world' outside of academia. Ousting herself out of her comfort zone and plopping herself in the middle of a diverse city with thriving culture, she found work in a pizza restaurant, which was quickly followed by a return to the academic world, with a position on a peer-reviewed science journal. Simultaneously, Lauren worked closely with a youth literacy, after-school program, participating in the local art scene, hoping to one-day return to an academic setting separate from images of dissected nude mice. As a first year student in the CCT program, Lauren's interest currently include from net neutrality, education and technology, and the new role of journalism in the era of the Internet.

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