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Effects of The Great Information and Communication Divides

Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Public discourse about socio-cultural, economic and political issues has catalyzed a drastic shift in tone and tactics since the 2016 presidential election campaign cycle.  Through the constant output of news and information presented by cable news networks, broadcast networks, social media and the Internet, an unprecedented array of tailored communication strategies have emerged to target and influence the diverse constituents and voters across different socio-economic, ethnic and racial subgroups.   In this early stage of the Web 3.0 environment, disrupted technologies – such as big data analytics and social bots – have the capacity to energize public opinion and exacerbate on-going information and communication divides in society.  

This special issue aims at investigating a range of topics that will help identify the information communication, and persuasion strategies applied to influence the interactions between media, politics and society as well as the effects of such interactions.  Appropriate topics for submission could address a wide range of issues that impact public discourse on our democracy and way of life.  Below is a set of sample concepts or constructs that help contextualize this special issue call.

  • Journalistic Truth vs. Alternative Facts
  • Fake News vs. Real News
  • Information Strategy Effects on Information Divides
  • Communication Strategy Effects on Communication Divides
  • Civil vs. Civic Discourse
  • Mainstream vs. Fringe Political Activism
  • Source, Message, and/or Channel Credibility
  • Climate Change and Science Communication
  • Personality, Social Movements and Political Movements
  • Uses and Manipulations of Data Analytics 
  • Social Bots and Machine Learning

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts should be received by December 1, 2018 (U.S. Eastern Standard Time). To submit a manuscript, please click on this link: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hbem. Submissions should conform to the journal’s Instructions for Authors (see Here). For questions associated with this special issue, please contact the special issue guest editors.

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