The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics has arrived

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics, edited by Axel Bruns, Gunn Enli, Eli Skogerbø, Anders Olof Larsson and Christian Christensen is now available for purchase. About the book: Social media are now widely used for political protests, campaigns, and communication in developed and developing nations, but available research has not yet paid sufficient attention to…

Survey on UGC and Working with Traumatic Images

Peers from Eyewitness Media Hub have a new survey on User Generated Content and Working with Traumatic Images. The purpose of the survey is to improve our understanding of the challenges facing professionals handling user-generated content (UGC) and the provisions currently in place to support those engaging with traumatic UGC. The study is sponsored by…

Edited Book: If It Was Not for Terrorism

If It Was Not For Terrorism: Crisis, Compromise, and Elite Discourse in the Age of “War on Terror” Editors: Banu Baybars-Hawks and Lemi Baruh This edited volume investigates questions regarding the hegemonic power that is exercised by elites (and mass media) through the discourse of “War on Terror.” The chapters in the volume provide case studies…

Koç University CSSH Seminar: Hybridity in Contemporary Media Arts

The Media and Visual Arts Department at Koç University welcomes the Fall 2011 semester with a seminar by Yvonne Spillman: Hybridity in Contemporary Media Arts Time: 16:45 Location: Koç University, Rumeli Feneri (Main) Campus SOS Z 27 I will discuss heterogenous forms of interplay in the digital that are considered hybrid because they no longer refer to…

Farewell to IAMCR 2011

This week, esteemed friends from Kadir Has University, Istanbul successfully hosted a five-day IAMCR conference. I was proud to be a part of it, met some very interesting colleagues, and listened to even more interesting papers presented throughout the conference. Congratulations to IAMCR, the local organizing committee at Kadir Has University, and Delano for bringing…

Oy Pusulası/Vote Compass

Turkey is quickly approaching the general elections, to be held on June 12, 2011. For the potential voters, here is an application which may be of interest: Vote Compass Here is the link: http://www.oypusulasi.org Vote Compass is a free online application that provides users with a sense of how their opinions square with the platforms…

Seminar at Koç University by Deniz Selman

Koç University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities Seminar Series presents: Deniz Selman, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics Title: “Political Knowledge and Voting Behavior” Abstract: Political knowledge is an important factor in understanding voting behavior, particularly when voters’ policy positions conflict with those of their favored candidate. In this…

Koç University: Now Admitting Students to Media and Visual Arts Department

Starting this autumn (2010), Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey will be admitting students to the Media and Visual Arts undergraduate program. The Media and Visual Arts undergraduate program at Koç University, which integrates aesthetic, creative, and critical thought with expertise in advanced electronic multimedia, will provide students with the vital interdisciplinary education necessary for leadership…

Presentation at ICA 2010

The International Communication Association Conference was in Singapore this year (June 22-26, 2010). With my gratitudes to the organizing committee and to the city of Singapore for hosting the event, below is a copy of presentation I made during the conference: The presentation: Reality TV and Mediated Voyeurism (ICA2010) A photo from Singapore:

Edited Book: Reel Politics

I am happy to announce that our (Lemi Baruh and Ji Hoon Park) new edited volume on reality television, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, is now available. Reel Politics: Reality Television as a Platform for Political Discourse Editors: Lemi Baruh and Ji Hoon Park Date Of Publication: Apr 2010 Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1915-2 I would like to…

Societies Under Siege E-Proceeding is Out

After some delay, the e-proceedings of the Societies Under Siege: Media, Government, Politics, and Citizens’ Freedoms in an Age of Terrorism is available for download. The e-proceeding presents a selection of short papers presented during the international conference organized at Kadir Has University in 2009. DOWNLOAD HERE: Societies Under Siege (e-Proceeding)