In the Fall 2013 issue of gnovis Journal, the five featured authors explore the influence technology has had on society. The reach of technology ranges from one’s perception of identity and self, to the ability to shape governments. Much as technology is the fiber which connects every paper in this issue, it is the fiber which connects most aspects of humanity.
Indiana University’s Jessica Rudy argues that virtual protests should not be dismissed, as temporality plays a role within feminist protests online in a way it does not offline in “Feminist Time and Online Engagement.” Georgetown University’s Fatima Bahja considers the way mainstream media sourced citizen journalism during the Syrian War in her paper, “Citizen Journalism and the Mainstream Media: An Analysis of 85 New York Times Articles on the Syrian Civil War.” In “Power Dynamics on TV,” Paul Ruiz of the University of Delaware uses quantitative data to analyze how mass communications, like television, affect real-world behaviors. In “Self-Portraits and Portraits of Self Online,” Layan Jawdat, Georgetown University, compares 19th-century concepts of beauty and the body, visual representations of the feminine, truth and accuracy in photography, impulses driving self-marketing, and social practices. Seth Wyngowski of Georgetown University explores the use of technology by municipal governments in Brazil, specifically an examination of citizenship, governance, and accountability, in “Local Participation in Brazil: Porto Alegre’s Model for 21st century and contemporary self-portraiture in an exploration of Century Local Government.”
This issue would not be possible without the hard work of the entire gnovis staff. The diligence of Managing Editor, Katie Armstrong, is unrivalled and greatly appreciated. I know the future of the journal is in great hands, as Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Zach Schalk, and Assistant Managing Editor, Emily Martik, have shown their unprecedented dedication in the creation of this issue. Finally, I must thank our peer reviewers, Editorial Board, and the Communications, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown University.
Enjoy the Fall 2013 issue of gnovis Journal and thank you for reading!