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  1. 10 Jan 2024 Journal Article Social Media+ Society

    Algorithmic Ventriloquism: The Contested State of Voice in AI Speech Generators

    Abstract

    This article explores the vocal human–machine relations embedded in text-to-speech (TTS) generators. Retracing the human sources behind the synthetic speech and tracking the remediation of the voice by the machine-learning algorithm, it argues that artificial intelligence (AI) speaking agents such as Siri and Alexa, as well as other TTS acts such as TikTok’s, are

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  2. 2 Jan 2024 Journal Article Journal of Information Technology & Politics

    Digital media, democracy and civil society in Central and Eastern Europe

    Karolina Koc-Michalska, Darren Lilleker, Christian Baden, Damian Guzek, Marton Bene, Larissa Doroshenko, Miloš Gregor, Marko Scoric
    Abstract

    CEE countries faced significant political, economic, social, and technological transformations over the last four decades. Democratic processes, after relative stabilization, tremble again around polarizing values, populist leaders, or nationalistic ideologies. Online communication, especially social media platforms, play a vital role in shaping how citizens interact

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  3. Jan 2024 Book Chapter The COVID-19 Pandemic and Memory

    #DigitalMemorial(s): How COVID-19 Reinforced Holocaust Memorials and Museums’ Shift Toward Social Media Memory

    Abstract

    The severe restrictions on public life following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic affected Holocaust memorials and museums worldwide, especially in Europe, Israel, and the United States. These measures posed significant challenges to contemporary forms of Holocaust commemoration, which were based on collaborative practices of remembering, particularly related to the

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  4. 2024 Book Chapter The COVID-19 Pandemic and Memory

    Picturing Lockdown in the UK: Memorializing an Ongoing Crisis

    Tracy Adams, Sara Kopelman
    Abstract

    In April 2020 Historic England (HE), UK’s statutory adviser on historic environment, called out to citizens to share their lockdown experiences. Positioning the Second World War as a reference point, the call-out created a parallel in the enormity of the crisis and archiving efforts. Using the Picturing Lockdown collection as a case study, we ask: how is a historical

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  5. 29 Dec 2023 Journal Article Journalism Studies

    “I Hope my Partner Will Keep me up-to-date”: How Couples Navigate News Consumption and Avoidance

    Abstract

    In an era of information overload, understanding individuals’ news consumption and avoidance necessitates an examination of the specific contexts in which these practices occur. While research in journalism studies has mainly underscored consumption habits at the individual level, limited scholarly attention has been given to news avoidance within the structure of dyadic

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  6. 25 Dec 2023 Journal Article Big Data & Society

    Dimensionalizing privacy to advance the study of digital disempowerment

    Kelly Quinn, Dmitry Epstein
    Abstract

    In this essay, we call attention to privacy as the foundational construct that underpins digital disempowerment. We argue that to better understand the processes of disempowerment, scholars must critically engage with the dimensionality of privacy conceptualizations and privacy-dependent constructs such as privacy concerns and privacy-protecting behavior, and the way

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  7. 22 Dec 2023 Journal Article Journal of Perpetrator Research

    New Forms of Genocide Documentaries: The Duel and the Quiet Interview

    Abstract

    This essay aims, first, to put forth two new forms of genocide documentaries: The Duel and the Quiet Interview (my terms). These forms emerged from two of the major non-Western catastrophes of twentieth-century Communism — the Cambodian autogenocide and the Chinese Maoist Revolution (respectively). In both the Duel and the Quiet Interview, the directors search for

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  8. 14 Dec 2023 Journal Article Journal of Communication

    Navigating the seas of inclusivity: a collaborative voyage at the helm of a communication flagship journal

    David R Ewoldsen, Natascha Just, Chul-joo “C J” Lee, Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt
    Abstract

    One of us (dre) is a fan of The Who. Part of the refrain from one of their hits is “Well, who are you? I really wanna know. Tell me, who are you?” Long hours were spent during adolescence pondering this question. Now this question is being pondered again regarding the discipline. The question of “who are you?” is a question that has historically plagued our discipline

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  9. 12 Dec 2023 Journal Article Information, Communication & Society

    The marketplace of interpretations: a method to trace diversity in digital interpretive traces

    Abstract

    Over the past half century, qualitative reception studies have provided powerful in-depth accounts of the interpretive diversity of media audiences. However, despite the growing availability of digital reception traces, the field still lacks systematic tools to examine the distribution of interpretation, a lacuna which hinders theory development. This paper argues that

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  10. 12 Dec 2023 Journal Article European Journal of Political Research

    Mistakenly misinformed or intentionally deceived? Mis- and Disinformation perceptions on the Russian War in Ukraine among citizens in 19 countries

    Michael Hameleers, Marina Tulin, Claes H de Vreese, Toril Aalberg, Peter Van Aelst, Ana Sofia Cardenal, Nicoleta Corbu, Patrick Van Erkel, Frank Esser, Luisa Ghele, Denis Halagiera, David Nicolas Hopmann, ... show all 26 authors
    Abstract

    In information environments characterized by institutional distrust, fragmentation and the widespread dissemination of conspiracies and disinformation, citizens perceive misinformation as a salient and threatening issue. Especially amidst disruptive events and crises, news users are likely to believe that information is inaccurate or deceptive. Using an original 19-country

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