Letter From the Editor

It is my pleasure to present you with the seventh print edition and 21st digital edition of CCT’s gnovis Journal. Since its inception in the Fall of 2007, gnovis Journal has served as a critical forum for graduate level scholars to grapple with the complex and ever-expanding intersection of communication, culture, and technology. In this edition of gnovis, you will read several provocative works, each of which interrogates established societal narratives and examines how they continue to evolve.

In “Preferences of Mobile Dating App Users: A Semantic Network Analysis Approach,” Jessica Welch of Purdue University explores the romantic partner preferences of cisgender male and female Midwestern college students and how these preferences are expressed through mobile dating apps. Tyler M. Michaud of Georgetown University’s English M.A. program uses the television programs Grace and Frankie and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to unpack the ways in which fictional representations of “chosen families” can serve to expand societal awareness of non-heteronormative relationships in “Queering the Family Sitcom.”

In “The “Good Girls”: Exploring Features of Female Characters in Children’s Animated Television,” Sarah Pila of Northwestern University and Julie Dobrow, Calvin Gidney, and Jennifer Burton of Tufts University present their findings on representations of gender in a sample of contemporary animated television shows to uncover how often children are consuming, and potentially being influenced by media that features stereotypical portrayals of gender roles. Purdue University’s Jessica Welch returns to dissect the quality of the arguments and debates that frequently occur on Facebook in “Argument Quality and Deliberation on Facebook: An Exploratory Study.” Lastly, in “Presenting an Innocent Nation: Critique of Gojira (1954)’s Reflections on Japan’s WWII Responsibility,” Fanglin Wang of Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology program presents a close reading of the iconic post-WWII Japanese film Gojira, and uses this analysis to demonstrate how and why Japan’s political and cultural leaders used post-war mass media to rewrite the narrative of their role in WWII.

In addition to the publication of gnovis Journal, the gnovis Team welcomed a wonderful staff of first-year students this fall. Each has already contributed to the Journal in several impactful ways. Our gnovis Blog continues to grow, featuring original article submissions that tackle cutting-edge social and technological issues. It also hosts episodes of our newly launched podcast, CCTea, led by the directors of gnovis’ Web and Blog, Zachary Omer and Kevin Ackermann. The Team has also organized several community events with the goal of providing a space for CCT students to network and discuss their academic interests. In September, we held a Journal Cover Design Competition and are proud to feature the work of gnovis’ Director of Outreach, Fred Ji, on this edition’s cover. Looking ahead, we are planning our eighth annual academic conference, gnoviCon, which Assistant Director of Outreach, Jenny Lee, has been instrumental in developing.

This Journal and the success of all gnovis’ projects could not have been achieved without the efforts of our entire gnovis Team. In particular, I would like to highlight the work of Managing Editor, Kathryn Hartzell, whose ability to locate and strengthen the pulse of each submission never ceases to amaze me. This Journal would not be what it is without her hard work and dedication. I also extend my gratitude to Remel Hoskins, Multimedia Director, whose attention to detail and graphic design creates a truly immersive experience that brings to light gnovis’ purpose across multiple mediums. This semester we have also welcomed Assistant Editor-in-Chief Kimberly Marcela Duron and Assistant Managing Editor Susannah Green; their teamwork and seasoned editorial skills will enable gnovis Journal to continue to grow in the years ahead. I would also like to thank the CCT faculty and staff, in particular gnovis faculty advisor Dr. Leticia Bode, who continues to provide invaluable support and advice – thank you for your continued encouragement. Lastly, thank you, dearest reader of gnovis, we hope the works in this Journal will inspire your own scholarship and interest in communication, culture, and technology.


Alexa DeJesus ’19



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