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  1. Nov 2022 Journal Article communication+ 1

    Media, Mediation, Mediality

    Abstract

    What are media? What do they do? Are these two questions the same? And is the process we have in mind in asking them that of mediation or of mediality? In debating the issue, we came to realize that we are also dealing here with a translation problem. When a German and an Israeli speak in English about media, mediation, and mediality, it is only natural, given the

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  2. 29 Oct 2022 Journal Article Journal of Communication

    How iconic news images travel: republishing and reframing historic photographs in Israeli newspapers

    Sandrine Boudana, Akiba A Cohen, Paul Frosh
    Abstract

    Iconic photographs are symbolically dense images characterized by broad circulation over time and recognition by large publics. Following this definition, we track the republication and reframing, over nearly 70 years, of 15 news photographs previously identified as most recognized by the Israeli public. Distinguishing between “discrete icons” (singular photographs of

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  3. 25 Oct 2022 Preprint arXiv

    Topical Segmentation of Spoken Narratives: A Test Case on Holocaust Survivor Testimonies

    Abstract

    The task of topical segmentation is well studied, but previous work has mostly addressed it in the context of structured, well-defined segments, such as segmentation into paragraphs, chapters, or segmenting text that originated from multiple sources. We tackle the task of segmenting running (spoken) narratives, which poses hitherto unaddressed challenges. As a test case

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  4. 6 Oct 2022 Preprint Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: NAACL 2022

    Detecting Narrative Elements in Informational Text

    Abstract

    Automatic extraction of narrative elements from text, combining narrative theories with computational models, has been receiving increasing attention over the last few years. Previous works have utilized the oral narrative theory by Labov and Waletzky to identify various narrative elements in personal stories texts. Instead, we direct our focus to informational texts

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  5. Oct 2022 Conference Paper ECREA 2022 9th European Communication Conference

    What are the chances? How media coverage and intrinsic tendencies shape voters’ probabilistic estimates about candidates’ electoral prospects in the two-round 2022 French presidential elections

    Abstract

    For voters, estimating beforehand which candidates will receive many or few votes in an upcoming election is valuable information. Probabilistic election forecasts help voters brace themselves for adverse outcomes or mobilize themselves to bring about favored ones, and constitute a critical prerequisite for strategic voting: By estimating which candidates stand a chance

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  6. 29 Sep 2022 Journal Article Journal of Communication

    Do people learn about politics on social media? A meta-analysis of 76 studies

    Abstract

    Citizens turn increasingly to social media to get their political information. However, it is currently unclear whether using these platforms actually makes them more politically knowledgeable. While some researchers claim that social media play a critical role in the learning of political information within the modern media environment, others posit that the great

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  7. 19 Sep 2022 Journal Article Political Communication

    Mediated Representation at the Age of Social Media: How Connection with Politicians Contributes to Citizens’ Feelings of Representation. Evidence from a Longitudinal Study

    Shira Dvir-Gvirsman, Keren Tsuriel, Tamir Sheafer, Shaul R Shenhav, Alon Zoizner, Liron Lavi, Michal Shamir, Israel Waismel-Manor
    Abstract

    Modern democracies are built around the idea of representation: the electorate is represented, and perhaps more importantly, should feel represented. Yet recent decades have been marked by a growing gap between citizens and the political system. The emergence of new, more direct communication channels such as social media gave rise to expectations that the two sides

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  8. 17 Sep 2022 Journal Article Media

    Social media's canaries: content moderators between digital labor and mediated trauma

    Abstract

    This paper takes recent PTSD claims by content moderators working for Microsoft and Google as a starting point to discuss the changing nature of trauma in the context of social media and algorithmic culture. Placing these claims in the longer history of how media came to be regarded by clinicians as potentially traumatic, it considers content moderation as a form of

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  9. 7 Sep 2022 Journal Article Media

    Trauma and digital media: Introduction to crosscurrents special section

    Amit Pinchevski, Michael Richardson
    Abstract

    Associations between trauma and media theory are longstanding, going back at least to Walter Benjamin’s observations on technology and modernity, which were themselves informed by Freud’s 1920 speculations on war trauma following WWI. A century later, and in the wake of numerous conflicts, catastrophes, and far-reaching technological transformations—and of course the

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  10. 6 Sep 2022 Journal Article International Journal of Qualitative Methods

    Serial Focus Groups: A Longitudinal Design for Studying Interactive Discourse

    Abstract

    Focus group methods specialize in the analysis of interactive discourse, but are only rarely employed as a stand-alone method to study such phenomena, owing to inherent limitations concerning the comparability and generalizability of findings. In this paper, we argue that focus groups undergo three kinds of transformations, involving changes in participants’ cognitive

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