Since its founding in 2007, gnovis has served as peer-reviewed journal of communication, culture, and technology at Georgetown University. gnovis publishes a scholarly journal and maintains an active blog that serves as an interdisciplinary venue for scholars to explore the relationships among technology, culture, media, politics, and the arts. This semester’s issue demonstrates that breadth of scholarship featuring articles from students from Georgetown University, New York University, University of Florida, University of Miami, and University of Minnesota. Jeremy Molher discusses political economic implications of the Internet on modern conceptions of labor. Joy Leopold examines the disparate protest narratives created by the editorial choices of two newspapers in a content analysis of newspaper stories about labor protests in Brazil. Stephanie Livingston conducts a critical cultural analysis exploring the representation of Egyptian women in the popular press and how this socializes American’s to believe certain myths about Middle Eastern women. Ellen Falci examines the sociotechnical history of the rise of customer experience management and its implications for the future of the customer-brand relationship. John Watson writes about universal design and the difficulties still faced online by those with disabilities. And finally, Mary Mullen uses the lens of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle to examine how identity and culture shape literature in the age of the documented life. Interdisciplinarity, creativity, and academic rigor are the hallmarks of gnovis and this is well represented in the wide range of topics in this issue.
The note from the editor is usually a place to look back over the good work that gnovis has done over the past semester, and certainly there is much to celebrate. gnovis welcomed seven new members to the gnovis editorial board and they have already demonstrated great energy and intuition that will propel the journal forward. gnovisLive hosted an Oxford-style debate moderated by CCT’s Dr. Meg Jones during which students debated the motion “technology will bring us together” modeling lively yet thoughtful discourse. However, on this occasion, the inaugural print edition of the journal, I want to look forward. Publishing a print edition of gnovis is an important step in the process of growth and professionalization for this journal. The physicality of the print edition is a symbol of this institution’s permanence and place in the greater body of scholarship.
Before closing, a few thank yous are in order. First, to the CCT faculty and community, thank you for your continued support. gnovis is fortunate to have such a passionate and engaged program to call home. Thank you to the gnovis staff for your enthusiasm and hard work in all our projects. Thank you to Managing Editor Lois Goh and Assistant Managing Editor Julia Wardle whose tireless efforts made this issue possible. Thank you to Assistant Editor-in-Chief Ken Williams whose technical ability, experience, and insight were vital in getting this issue published. The future of gnovis is bright in your capable hands.
Lastly, thank you, our reader. We hope that you find this issue of gnovis as interesting, diverse, and exciting as we did. Happy reading!