Special Issue - JPC, vol. 2, issue 2: Social Media Transformations
Editors, Sidneyeve Matrix & Alex Sévigny
Social media has swept through the world’s cultures and practices, reshaping the ways in which people think of themselves, their countries, economies, politics and society. Some claim that social media heralds the beginning of a new, oral culture while others claim that it is not such a revolution at all, that social media is simply another important communication technology, like the telegraph, television and mobile phone. Regardless of the perspectiveone takes on its nature, the transformational effects social media have had on the various professions of communication are undeniable.In this special issue of JPC, we invite submissions investigating the
behind thesetransformations. Specifically, we are focused on these questions:
What kinds of productive and disruptive impacts have digital, social, and mobile media technologies andtrends had on the creative and culture industries?
How has real-time, online communication and connectivity shaped activism, social movements, governmentand public policy?
In what ways are marketing and public relations, education and research dissemination changing as aresult of the popularity of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook?
What is the cultural, political and economic significance of the proliferation of mobile and socialized apps for everything from communicating news and health information, to photosharing and geolocationalnetworking?
In the age of social media, how are we forging new digital literacies, bridging economic and generationaldigital divides, and managing technology skills gaps to realize the democratizing potential of Web 2.0communication tools?We invite original research, case studies, literature reviews, new management models, works of digital media artand design, book reviews, op-eds and interviews with leading scholars and professionals.Manuscripts should be submitted through the JPC website (jpc.mcmaster.ca), using the link in the toolbar on the leftof the page.
Submission deadline: December 20, 2012Anticipated publication date: February 15, 2013
Manuscripts should follow the official JPC submission guidelines (available at jpc.mcmaster.ca).