Spring 2013 Editor's Note

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Much like our beloved Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown Univeristy, gnovis typically finds itself concentrating primarily within the realm of communication and media studies. Using ideas like international business and the likes of writers such Adorno to substantiate our studies, we have found a nook. Yet, it is best to grow, to reach beyond our familiar studies. This issue of gnovis does just this. With heavy concentration upon aspects of technology, especially within the medical field, we are finding new ways to grow. We are welcoming the nuances of a truly interdisciplinary journal.
A Slice of Time: An Exploration of Temporal Capital and its Relationships to Economics, Culture, and Society in a Technological and Digital Age, by Cynthia Wang, explores the concept of temporal capital and its relationship with many key components to the consumption of media. In The Fantasy of the Supermom, Amanda Westbrook Brennan writes of the unattainable expectations of the working mother. Hanna Woodburn writes how Twitter was used by different nonprofit groups after the Haitian earthquake in Aid in the Digital Age: Non-governmental Organizations’ Use of Social Capital on Twitter in the Aftermath of the Haitian Earthquake. Shi Li details China’s use of media in Propagating China to the World: China’s “Public Diplomacy through Media” Strategy in the Age of Globalization.
This issue of gnovis also features three essays that highlight the realm of medicine. In Evolutionary Explanations, Psychiatric Genetics, Media and Cultural Imagination, Megan Winkelman writes about the influence of media over medical findings. Who Owns the Cure? A Literature Review on U.S. Drug Patent Protection and Federally Funded Pharmaceutical Innovation by Lucas Regnér examines the patent process for private pharmaceutical companies. Lindsey Whitmore surveys Foucault’s concept of biopower and web-based patient support communities in Our Bodies, Their Data: Tracing Biopolitical Circuitry & the Illness Experience on PatientsLikeMe.com.
gnovis would not be possible if it were not for our staff, peer reviewers and Editorial Board: thank you for all of your hard work, time and effort. A special thank you Katie Armstrong, the Assistant Managing Editor: your organization and productivity keep the journal running like a well-oiled machine. An enormous amount of gratitude goes to Editor-in-Chief, Katerina Girginova, and Managing Editor, Sarah Inman. We hope to make you proud as we prepare to fill your footsteps. Your contributions to gnovis are innumerable and invaluable.
Most importantly, readers, we thank you. I hope you enjoy this issue of gnovis and, as always, please feel free to leave feedback for our organization.