COVID19 ve Medya Kullanımı Anketine Bekliyoruz

Reklam zamanı: TÜBİTAK ARDEB 1001 kapsamında açılan “COVID-19 ve Toplum: Salgının Sosyal, Beşeri ve Ekonomik Etkileri, Sorunlar ve Çözümler” tarafından desteklenen “Türkiye’de Medya Kullanımı ve COVID-19” adlı projemiz başlıyor.

Projende amacımız bireylerin COVID-19 ile ilgili risk algılarını ve COVID-19 hastalığına karşı kendi sağlıklarını ve toplumdaki başka bireylerini sağlığını korumaya yönelik veya riske atabilecek davranışlarını etkileyebilecek etmenler olarak kitlesel medya ve sosyal medya kullanımı incelemek.

Projenin üç temel parçası olacak: 1) Sosyal medyada COVID-19 ile ilgili yayılan içeriğin makine öğrenme teknikleri kullanarak analizi, 2) Kitlesel medya (ulusal gazeteler) tarafından COVID-19 hakkında yayınlanan haberlerin içerik analiz ve 3) Çevrimiçi anket.

Proje ekibi: Lemi Baruh (Medya ve Görsel Sanatlar Bölümü), Ali Çarkoğlu (Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü), Zeynep Cemalcılar (Psikoloji Bölümü) ve CSSH Psikoloji bölümü mezunu Ozan Kuru (University of Pennsylvania’da doktora sonrası araştırmacı) ile GSSSH (Uluslararası İlişkiler) doktora programı mezunu Kerem Yıldırım (Duke Üniversitesi’nde doktora sonrası araştırmacı).



Project Zoom – Impact Journalism Grant Programme Launch Event

For those interested, Project Zoom, a journalism grant programme that aims to support coverage of underreported issues such as climate change, sustainability, gender equality, migration, social innovation, and energy is kicking off this week, on February 13, 2020. Click here for further information and registration to the launch event.

Project Zoom is implemented by Impact Hub Istanbul, in partnership with U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, with the support of as ecosystem partner. The project will provide targeted guidance, effective network and financial support of up to USD 7,000 for communication professionals wanting to embark on new exciting projects.


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 experiences beyond the US and UK. This collection tackles this imbalance head-on, compiling cutting-edge research across six continents to provide a comprehensive, global, up-to-date review of recent political uses of social media.

Drawing together empirical analyses of the use of social media by political movements and in national and regional elections and referenda, The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics presents studies ranging from Anonymous and the Arab Spring to the Greek Aganaktismenoi, and from South Korean presidential elections to the Scottish independence referendum. The book is framed by a selection of keystone theoretical contributions, evaluating and updating existing frameworks for the social media age.

— And here is the part for shameless self-promotion:  Included in the book is a chapter on use of social media during Gezi Protests in Turkey, conspicuously entitled as: “Social Media Use during Political Crises: The Case of the Gezi Protests in Turkey” (authored by Hayley Watson and myself).


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 Open Society Foundation.

I claim no involvement in the project but appreciate its value. It would be great if you can take the survey (if relevant) or forward it to others for whom the survey may be relevant.

The survey links:

For English

For Turkish

Call for Feedbacks on “Guidelines for the use of new media by the public in crisis situations”

COSMIC project, funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), is waiting for your feedback on its recent “Guidelines for the use of new media by the public in crisis situations”.

The draft report provides guidelines that citizens may help in the optimal use of social media during crisis situations. Tips and tricks are formulated for the different roles that citizens can take during crises. Aim of the guidelines is to improve social media usage during crisis situations in order to make citizens more self-reliant and consequently increase their safety and security. Guidelines specially aimed at governmental authorities and private organizations are in preparation.

The guidelines can be viewed here.

We would like to invite practitioners in the field of crisis and emergency management, social media experts, (social) scientists and social media users to provide feedback on the first version of the guidelines. Feel free to provide your feedback on COSMIC LinkedIn page or below as a comment.

We appreciate your help!

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 from a wide variety of geographies to debate questions regarding the construction of the meaning of “terrorism,” communication of collective identities and otherness, and media frames regarding the “War on Terror,” civil liberties, and government restrictions. In bringing this collection together, it was the editors’ intention to provide a venue for discussion of expressions and diverse concerns around the themes of media and terrorism from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The edited volume is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on elite discourse about the definition of “terrorism” and discursive strategies involved in construction of “us” vs. “others.” The second part of the volume investigates issues related to media framing of the compromises that are deemed necessary for success in the “War on Terror.” At the same time, several chapters of this part also identify opportunities for resistance to hegemonic discourse.

Isbn13: 978-1-4438-3162-8
Isbn: 1-4438-3162-X
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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 distinct media but to already mediated elements that characterise our present time of digital media. I will also refer to approachs in media studies and in cultural studies where they agree that artists are the promotors of radical and critical hybridity as much as they reflect culural-aesthetic multiplicity and difference and make us aware of the construction of meaning with and through media appearances. Because of the advanced deleopments with novel technologies in Asia, I will put one focus on examples of Japanese media arts that are also circulating within Europe, and will in comparison refer to exampes of critical media arts I from a European perspective that also reflects our highly saturated media enviornments. In this respect questions of connecting real and virtual location and the positioning of cultural context and the effects of effacing borders between fact and fiction are gaining importance. In light of these hybrid fusions, I wish to discuss the role of creative use of new technologies

Professor Yvonne Spielmann
Chair of New Media
University of the West of Scotland
School of Creative Industries

Professor Yvonne Spielmann (Ph.D. habil.) is Chair of New Media at The University of the West of Scotland, previously Professor of Visual Media at Braunschweig School of Art. She is author of the German language monographs “Eine Pfütze in bezug aufs Mehr. Avantgarde” (1991), “Intermedialität. Das System Peter Greenaway” (1998), and “Video. Das reflexive Medium” (2005). The English edition “Video. The Reflexive Medium” (published with MIT Press, 2008) was awarded the “Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics” in 2009. The Japanese edition is forthcoming from Sangen-Sha Press, Tokyo, the Polish edition is forthcoming from Oficyna Naukowa, Warszawa.

The most recent book on “Hybrid Culures” (2010) discusses on hybridity in digital media arts with a focus on Japan (English edition forthcoming with MIT Press, 2012).

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 IAMCR to Istanbul.

Hope to see you in South Africa in 2012.

My two presentations from the conference are below:

  1. Lemi Baruh & Mihaela Popescu. Communicating Turkish-Islamic Identity in the Aftermath of Gaza Flotilla Raid: But Who is the “Us” in “Us” vs. “Them”?
  2. Mihaela Popescu & Lemi Baruh. Captive audience protections for the digital environment.

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:

Vote Compass is a free online application that provides users with a sense of how their opinions square with the platforms of the political parties running in the 2011 Turkish election.  Based on their responses to a series of statements, Vote Compass calculates a user’s position in the political landscape and shows them the respective positions of the various parties running in the election.

Oy Pusulası nedir?

Oy Pusulası siyaset bilimciler tarafından geliştirilmiş ücretsiz bir eğitim aracıdır. Oy Pusulası kullanıcılardan 30 değişik konuda tercih ve değerlendirmelerini öğrenmektedir. Aynı konularda partilerin konumları da uzman araştırmacılar tarafından partilerin seçim bildirgeleri ve benzeri belgeler temelinde belirlenmektedir. 30 konu üzerinde 9 değişik parti için belirlenmiş pozisyonlar iki boyutlu bir siyaset uzayı çerçevesinde özet olarak görselleştirilmektedir. Böylelikle soruları cevaplayan kullanıcılar kendi konumları ile 9 değişik partinin konumlarını aynı grafik üzerinde görebilmektedir.

Kullanıcılar kendi cevapları ile her partinin her soru için belirlenmiş pozisyonlarını istediğinde görebilmektedir. Bu belirlenen pozisyonların neden bu şekilde belirlenmiş olduğunu da yine tek tek belgelerden alıntılar ve referanslarla izleyebilmektedir. Böylelikle kullanıcılar her partinin kendi dilinden 30 değişik konuda ne dediğini takip edebilmektedir.

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