Communication and Culture Review*is a peer reviewed, bi-annual international journal started to engage with realities, issues and ideas within the broad rubric of communication and culture studies. The journal aims to interweave communication with strands of cultural, sociological, anthropological, performative, computational, political, philosophical, linguistic, political economy and other interdisciplinary approaches in examining a wide-range of mediatised and mediated phenomena. http://www.communicationandculturereview.in
We confront a new paradigm of collaborative and networked communication through the circuits of social media. Whether it is for individual’s expression or for participatory collective affinities, whether for personal gratification or activism, the use of digital media has become a product of multiple social contexts. In this context, the use of social media needs to be imbricated in their various characteristics such as new ethical challenges, production of neoliberal self, growing surveillance, virality, participatory connectedness and multiple literacies that transcend traditional skills.
Foucault (1983) emphasises on the care of the self, a self that cultivates itself through production of a free individual engaging with activities that it seeks to pursue. But, is it possible for one to do whatever s/he wants to do and ‘be all s/he can be’ in social media space? How does the individual, constituted as a neo-liberal subject and mysteriously governed by the power structures, navigate through space?
Further, the stockpile of information in social media has given rise to the emergence of big data which poses great challenge to privacy through its overarching surveillance capabilities. On the other hand, the expanding networks of social media spaces through user participation intensify digital labour (Chris Fuchs, 2014; Hardt & Negri, 2000) under the guise of freedom, leisure and ludic engagement. Yet, discriminatory access to technologies produces ‘labour class’ excluded from the mainstream digital space and its discursive productions bringing up the stark question of whether the subaltern can speak.
At another level, the rhetoric of mediated communication in social media has touched a new high with the public engaging in participatory culture (Jenkins, 2006) challenging and contesting the authority. While decentering authority in social media space is not akin to the lack or absence of authority in it, the ethical challenges are being reframed and recast by users.
The first issue of/Communication and Culture Review/ will focus on the above arguments, laid out in a broad-based manner, in order to capture whether the social media has given the voice back to the people, how privacy in social media has become a precarious value (Nissenbaum, 2010), human rights concerning big data and the ethical constitution of self and communities among others.
The abstracts and subsequently the full paper for the journal could include, but not limited to, the following sub-themes:
·Privacy in social media
·Cultural production of selfies
·Ethical challenges and dilemmas
·Resistance and Ethics in social media space
·Can the subaltern post and tweet in cyberspace?
·Emerging Publics and Civil Rights
·Social media and digital labour
·Social media and emancipator politics
·Ethics in social media as an affective capacity
·Big Data and the ethics of human rights
·Surveillance in/and social media – Panoptic challenges
·Neoliberal subject, social media and ethics
·Biopolitics and social media ethics
·Virality, democracy and ethics
·Abstract submission: March 1,2017
·Intimation of selected abstracts: March 20, 2017
·Full Paper submission: May 20, 2017
·Notification of selected papers for peer review: June 13, 2017
·Intimation of final acceptance/correction/rejection: July 30, 2017
·Publication of the issue: August 2017