Spring 2014 Editor’s Note

After a long winter it’s finally spring again in Washington, D.C.  That means the cherry blossoms are blooming, tourists are swarming the monuments, and the city is once again vibrating with the energy that only warm weather can bring.  It also means a new issue of gnovis—a capstone on another successful year for Georgetown University’s peer-reviewed journal of Communication, Culture & Technology.  This year has been filled with several highlights. We continued to publish high quality content every week on gnovisjournal.org, we explored the changing contours of communication in the age of digital media in our third annual gnovicon, and we hosted the first gnovisLive event, live streaming a panel discussion that explored the hot topic of gender representation in superhero media.

This issue of gnovis features two captivating and creative works of scholarship.  CCT’s own Laura Patch plays with form as well as content in her submission “To My Beloved, BB4N: The History of ‘Woman’s Writing’ or the Epistolary Novel.”  Patch’s exploration of the epistolary novel through a series of memorandums sheds light on how this particular literary form has evolved since its development in the 18th century.  New York University’s Emily Goldsher-Diamond dives into the social construction of sport technologies in “Looking at Connections Between Innovation and Sport: How Sporting Cultures Identify and Manage New Technologies.” Goldsher-Diamond offers a refreshing take on sporting cultures, revealing the user driven nature of innovation in sport.  We are proud to publish both works.

Finally, I want to close with a few words of thanks. Thank you first and foremost to our outgoing Editorial leadership, Kassie Barroquillo and Katie Armstrong, for guiding my fellow Assistant Editor Emily Martik and me through the publication process. Your hard work and dedication have made gnovis what it is today. Thank you to the rest of the Editorial Board, our peer reviewers, bloggers, and others who continually make the extra effort for gnovis, providing the people power behind our student-run journal. Thank you to the authors for submitting their fine work to our journal, and thank you to CCT for continually supporting our efforts. And last but not least, thanks to you, our readers, for enjoying this issue of gnovis!

Until next time,

Zach Schalk
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Zach Schalk

Zach Schalk is a former Master’s candidate in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology program and the Editor-in-Chief for gnovis. His interests include communication mediums, data visualizations and ICT policy.