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Felix Girke

reflections. The necessary reconfiguration of ‘departure’ under conditions of social media in the digital age—when physical absence can be compensated for in various ways—changes our very understanding of ‘the field’. From Arrival to Departure This

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The Digital Age Opens Up New Terrains for Peace and Conflict Research

Josepha Ivanka Wessels

We live in the Information Age, also called the Digital Age, which started with the introduction of the very first personal computer in the 1970s, initiating the Digital Revolution ( Castells 1999 ). When the first personal microcomputer was

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Social Criticism through Humour in the Digital Age

Multimodal Extension in the Works of Aleix Saló

Javier Muñoz-Basols and Marina Massaguer Comes

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Numerous authors of comics and graphic novels have used the economic crisis in the Iberian Peninsula as a narrative frame for social criticism. Prominent amongst them is the Catalan cartoonist Aleix Saló, who burst onto the comics scene with his animated YouTube video Españistán, a book trailer for his graphic novel Españistán: Este país se va a la mierda [Españistán: This country is going to hell] (2011). This article shows how Saló offers a humorous and didactic portrait of the devastating effects of the economic crisis: he does this through multimodality (using specific shapes, colours, fonts and components of orality) and through creating ‘multimodal extensions’, intertextual relations between published books and book trailers. This analysis presents a case study of the multimodal techniques that authors use to shape and develop their work in the context of the powerful relationship between text and image in the digital age.

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Thomas K. Hubbard

Adolescent sexuality has been at the forefront of the recent “Culture Wars,” as is clear from the many news stories and political battles over issues such as sex education, teen pregnancy and STDs, Child Sexual Abuse, enhanced legal regulation of sex offenders, pedophiles on the internet, “sexting” and child pornography. On the one hand adolescents today are more sexually mature than at most historical periods: physical puberty occurs ever earlier (Moller, 1987), while children’s capacity to access the same media as adults grows ever more sophisticated. Already in 1982, Neil Postman presciently observed that electronic media had obliterated the historical technological superiority of literate adults relative to not‐yet‐fully-literate children (Postman, 1982). At that point, he was thinking mainly of television, but his observation has become even more true in the digital age, when adolescents are often the ones teaching their parents and grandparents. 1982 had not yet grasped what would be the ubiquity of MTV or cheap, highly graphic visual pornography in many parents’ closets, or if not there, on their kids’ computer screens. Children have become the most clever at accessing media at precisely the time when popular media culture is more saturated with verbal, musical, and visual images of sexuality than ever before.

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Staying Tuned

Connections beyond ‘the Field’

Geoffrey Hughes and Anna-Maria Walter

capture the realities of the digital age. For instance, Christine Hine (2015: 21) argues for a move beyond an episteme of “being there” toward one of “experience,” which can include multiple forms of embodied as well as mediated practices. She pleads

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Tweens as Technofeminists

Exploring Girlhood Identity in Technology Camp

Jen England and Robert Cannella

various media. To reconceptualize often male-dominated tech spaces, we framed GRTC 2016 around a theme: What does it mean to be a girl in the digital age? We unpacked and explored this theme through discussing, blogging, workshopping, and completing a

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Terms of Silence

Weaknesses in Corporate and Law Enforcement Responses to Cyberviolence against Girls

Suzanne Dunn, Julie S. Lalonde, and Jane Bailey

the Digital Age .” In Bailey and Steeves 2015 : 229 – 252 . Gandy , Imani . 2014 . “ #TwitterFail: Twitter’s Refusal to Handle Online Stalkers, Abusers, and Haters .” Rewire , 12 August . https://rewire.news/article/2014/08/12/twitterfail

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Voicing Pride and Futurity in the Age of A.I.

An Interview with Playwright Pao-Chang Tsai on Solo Date

Jing Chen and Pao-Chang Tsai

program human affection as well as help people cope with loss and grief. Whereas the main body of the play concentrates on the question of whether technologies can fill the void of loneliness in a digital age, the epilogue outlines a utopian reunion

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Rachel J. Wilde, Gayle Clifford, Áron Bakos, and Kristine Hickle

also on the collection, preservation and sharing of data. Generally, it investigates the methodological implications that the shift from the pre- or early digital age to our current state of being has brought about. The structure of the book is similar

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Anne Magnussen

criticism. In ‘Social Criticism through Humour in the Digital Age: Multimodal Extension in the Works of Aleix Saló’, Javier Muñoz-Basols and Marina Massaguer Comes analyse how the comics artist Saló uses different media in his critical, humorous and