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ARTICLE: Disasters, tweets, World’s Fair in newspapers, and others

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The International Journal of Communication has published two special sections, titled “Media Times” and “Automation, Algorithms, and Politics”. Together they comprise 20, fresh off the press, open access articles. Here’s a quick look at some of them.

Espen Ytreberg, of University of Oslo, writes about the mediation of simultaneity, i.e. the sense of experiencing separate events simultaneously. Ytreberg reflects upon simultaneity through the 1914 Oslo World Fair and its media representations. At the time new media technology allowed the public to experience the fair as it took place – without necessarily attending it.

Anders Ekström, of Uppsala University, writes about the temporalities of natural disasters in online news. Ekström studied the online front pages of the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter from during 2011-2015.

The website frames natural disasters in a way which underlines their immediacy: the audience is explicitly invited to witness what is happening “now”. Still, the news themselves contain elements both from the past and the future. According to Ekström, this results in “a growing sense of expanding time”.

Heather Ford, of University of Leeds, Elizabeth Dubois, of University of Ottawa, and Cornelius Puschmann, of Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research, write about the use of Twitter bots and how journalists frame them. Specifically, the authors look at the case of WikiEdits bots, which are algorithms that automatically send Twitter notifications if governmental actors modify Wikipedia pages.

The authors found a total of 19 news articles that cited the WikiEdits bots. These articles reinforce narratives that are highly critical of governments, picturing them “wasteful or manipulative”, the authors write.

The Volume 10 of the International Journal of Communication, special sections included, is freely available online (open access).

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