At the ICA preconference on “Social & Semantic Networks in Communication Research” my team is presenting a methodological paper on the usefulness of network analysis for exploring the complexitiy of news content. Using our dataset on political claims in the coverage of the Austrian 2013 national election campaign, the analysis employs the network measures density, centralization and heterogeneity to show that while the issue coverage of quality papers does appear to be more complex than that of tabloid papers, the actor networks display no systematic differences in complexity between the two types of newspapers. Check out the conference paper at the preconference website.
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My newest article on political humour in media entertainment has just been published in a very rich and interesting volume on “Political Entertainment – Entertaining Politics”, edited by Marco Dohle and Gerhard Vowe, in the German Halem-Verlag.
My contribution consists of a systematic overview of previous research on political humour in media entertainment by distinguishing six different types: – critical humour, humour for everyone, humour narratives, humour as pr, guerilla humour and humour among friends. For each of these types, the articles discusses our current knowledge on its main communicators, its content and its contribution to public communication and the public sphere.
Third prize at the Best-Paper-Award of the Reception and Effects Reserach-Section of the German Communikation Association
More prizes, yeah!
My colleague Kati Förster and I have been awarded the 3rd prize in the Best-Paper-Award of the recetion and effects research section of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) for our contribution: “The role of cross media theme repertoires for the identity work of young adults”. Please have a look at the preprint version of our article: Here (in German).
The close relationship between media and identity has been the subject of many theoretical discussions and empirical studies in recent years, in particular given the growing mediatisation and ongoing changes in our habits of media use. The contribution focuses on the role of cross media theme repertoires in the identity work of young adults. The analysis is based on media diaries by 59 students over a period of four weeks. The 15.000 moments of medis use documented in these were used to identify four different types of theme repertoires: News aficionados, sport fans, drama lovers and intense media workers. In addition the weekly reflections of participants allowed us to investigate how the different media contents are used for identity practices within these groups.
ZIB-Interview on satirical modifications of political billboards in the current national election campaign
I’ve just been interviewed for the main newscast of the Austrian public service broadcaster ORF to discuss the possible effects of satirical modifications of political billboards (and in particular of their subsequent viral dissemination in social networks) on public debate and political participation in the current Austrian national election. As soon as the interview was on TV, I shall post a link to the ORF-Mediathek.
For examples of the “verfremdeten” political billboards have a look at this article in Standard and its discussion boards.
An article written by my colleague Kati Förster and me has just been published in a French collection on brand strategies in the audio-visual sector:
Förster, K., & Kleinen-von Königslöw, K. (2013). L’Amour est-il la réponse? Les émotions et leur roles pour les chaînes de television. In H. Laurichesse (Ed.). La Stratégie de Marque dans l’Audiovisuel (pp. 209-224). Paris: Armand Colin.
This is my first foray into brand communication, and I very much enjoyed exploring this new field and the role of emotions for TV station brands. It was also my first collaboration with Kati during which we developed the ideas for our larger project on the role of theme repertoires in identity practices (see my post from June 27th). And it is my first academic venture in French! For an English version, click here.
My new article on explaining cosmopolitan news coverage via Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis was published yesterday as Online-First in the European Journal of Communcation (together with Michael Brüggemann, Uni Zurich):