A Note from the Editor

The fall 2014 issue of gnovis caps a whirlwind semester for Georgetown University’s student run journal of Communication, Culture & Technology. We’ve welcomed seven new hardworking Editorial Board members. We’ve hosted three successful discussion panels showcasing the intellectual diversity that makes CCT so unique, with the gnovisLive tent big enough to include conversations about the future of film, the inner workings of consciousness and generational changes in the U.S. political landscape. We’ve published a steady stream of high quality blogs, including outstanding guest submissions from the CCT community. We’ve redesigned our logo and updated our website. And, finally, we’ve published another fantastic edition of gnovis.

The breadth of scholarship in this issue—featuring five articles written by talented Georgetown University Master’s students—is a reflection of the academic range found in CCT. Hannah Calkins examines the bodily protest art of HIV-positive artists in “Art is Not Enough: The Artist’s Body as Protest.” David Shen traces the history of cybernetics to uncover the political design of human/machine systems in a paper called “Human Control and Autonomy in Cybernetic Systems.” Continuing with our history theme, “Innovation on the Danube” by Robert Mevissen argues that technological innovation along the Danube helped extend the life of the Habsburg Empire before its collapse in 1918. In “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: A Study of Theatrical Determinism,” Ben Gross examines relevant scholarship to shed new light on Tom Stoppard’s famous play. Lastly, Thomas Wells uses a science fiction novel to critique current privacy politics in “Freedom v. The Man: Security, Torture, and “Freedom” in Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.”

Before closing, there are several thank you’s in order. First, thank you to the CCT community for embracing gnovis and supporting our hard work throughout the semester. We are lucky to be a part of such an enthusiastic and engaged community. Thank you to the volunteers who helped us pull off three live events. Thank you to the Editorial Board for providing the elbow grease needed to keep us moving forward this year despite our ambitious slate of projects. Thank you to our authors and peer reviewers for providing hard work and brainpower, and thank you to Managing Editor Emily Martik for guiding the publication process to completion. And a special thank you to our Assistant Editor-in-Chief Isaac Riddle and Assistant Managing Editor Lois Goh for injecting even more passion into gnovis. I know the journal will continue to grow in your hands.

Lastly, thank you for reading this issue of gnovis. While the journal has focused extensive energy into a wide range of projects this semester, I’m unequivocally proud to say that this is our best work yet. Enjoy!

Zach Schalk

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.