Communication and Journalism ReviewVol 1 No 2
A Special Issue on Media and Society
In our maiden issue, we jumpstarted our investigation into Communication as a human activity by focusing on online communication. It is the current craze, as if there’s no other way for us to communicate but via online. The platform, especially social media, is highly addictive and engaging, but is also indispensable, functional and useful. It was refreshing therefore, that in our maiden issue, we got to read Jason Baguia’s non-participation in the internet and the advantages and benefits it brings.
In this special issue of the Communication and Journalism Review, we focus on a less addictive type of media - traditional media. Maybe not addictive for today’s generation but for an earlier generation, this type of media was also indispensable and habit-forming. I’m referring to radio, film and newspapers, each one the subject of study in this issue. Our articles analyze them in relation to specific social issues of our time: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), racial profiling and discrimination, and HIV-AIDS reporting.
Communication and Journalism ReviewVol 1 No 1
Meaning-making in a non-spatial world and the
semiotics of commemorating an intangible past
This maiden issue of the Communication and Journalism Review (CJR) examines mainly the meaning-making of online communication through a study of political internet memes and social media. Online reality being socially constructed is a product of man’s meaning-making. It also looks into the deconstruction of that meaning -making with the non-participation by some people on the internet. Aside from these, there are articles that investigate E-commerce as communication and the semiotics of heritage communication.
In this issue, we pay attention to what the young researchers have discovered as they analyze the social construction and sense-making of their world. This world that they live in is heavily influenced by the virtual and non-spatial, rather than the real and tangible. Said to be digital natives (Prensky, 2001), these young communication researchers can best describe and explain the online world. They can be on the other side of the digital divide that separates them from their parents; teachers from their students, and public authority figures from the public and young adults. It is a daunting challenge yet our young writers have stood up to the task.