Manhood as Commodity: The NBA as Reinforcer of Black Masculinities
Abstract: This essay examines the concept of masculinity as central to competitive televised sport. In post-civil rights America, the image of the Black individual, particularly the Black male, conti
Fall 2009 Editor's Note
In the Fall 2009 issue of gnovis, authors wrestle with how technologies are shaping the content and form of public discourse. Specifically, this issue addresses discursive shifts found in news media,
Does Habermas Understand the Internet? The Algorithmic Construction of the Blogo/Public Sphere
Abstract: Is computer-mediated discourse leading to collective political action in the public sphere, or simply more fragmentation? This question has been asked by social and political theorists ever
Shaping Economic Reality: A Critical Metaphor Analysis of President Barack Obama’s Economic Language During His First 100 Days
Abstract: This paper analyzes President Barack Obama’s economic language during the first 100 days of his administration. Having assumed office during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depress
The Construction of the Image of American Presidency in Contemporary Political Comedy
Abstract: This article analyzes the narrative of politics and the image of the American presidency in political comedies Dave (1993), The American President (1995) and Man of the Year (2006). With a f
Is There a Tabloidization of Online News? A Content Analysis of Traditional News Websites
The future of news in America is uncertain. Recent trends in the format of information dissemination show changes that reflect the dynamic media environment of the 21st century. In October 2008, the New York Times published an article highlighting the move from newspaper readership to online websites, citing the five percent decline in print circulation across the industry over the course of a year (Perez-Pena, 2008).
Spring 2009 Editor's Note
In this issue of gnovis, the emphasis is on the social.
All five of our authors grappled with issues surrounding the social construction of technology. Their works investigate how the oft complex relationships between individuals and organizations can transform a technology and present unintended applications: whether with video games, Wikipedia, or the economy.
Camera Phone Images: How The London Bombings in 2005 Shaped the Form of News
Abstract: The London bombings in July of 2005 signaled a turning point in global news coverage. Survivors on the ground transmitted mobile phone images to social networks, family and friends, as well
Academics’ Views On and Uses of Wikipedia
Abstract: Web 2.0 technologies bring both opportunities and challenges to our formalization of collective knowledge and its use. The collective generation of knowledge without the control of a centra
A Shift Realized: The Banking Crisis as the First Postmodern Event
Abstract: We can easily understand the cultural logic inherent in the global financial crisis as a 'world historical moment,' a moment where the very tenets of globalization and mediation are being ch