ASA 2018 Philadelphia

CITAMS@30: Perspectives, Purposes and Promises

To mark our section’s thirty-year anniversary, Section Chair Wenhong Chen (2017-2018) organized the panel: “CITAMS@30: Perspectives, Purposes and Promises.” The panel celebrates the 30th anniversary of the section, the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS). The panel highlights the history, present and future of Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology, its place and role in sociology, the academe and the society. Shelia Cotten contributes “Reflections on My Path to CITASA/CITAMS and the Future of Our Section.” Keith Hampton and Barry Wellman offer “All the Lonely People? The Continuing Lament about the Loss of Community.” Shaojie Liu speakes on “Collective Representation and Spatial Segregation in Chinese Network Society.” Karin D. Knorr Cetina presents “Culture of Algorithms: The Example of Media Technologies at Work in Financial Markets.” Discussant: James C. Witte closes the panel.

CITAMS@30: Two Volumes with Emerald Studies in Media and Communications to Celebrate CITAMS’ Thirty-Year Anniversary 

Two volumes also to celebrate the section’s thirtieth anniversary. Since the beginning of CITASA’s sponsorship of Emerald Studies in Media and Communications (ESMC), the series has published research by CITAMS members and contributed to the section’s intellectual community. More recently, ESMC has also enjoyed sponsoring the Media Sociology Preconference and organizing closing plenary sessions of that annual event. Given these fruitful relationships, as the thirty-year anniversary of CITAMS approached, it seemed only natural to invite the CITAMS past chairs and community to contribute to a special volume celebrating the event. We invited current section chair Wenhong Chen and past chairs Barry Wellman, Shelia Cotten, and Laura Robinson to join forces with Casey Brienza, founder of the Media Sociology Preconference. Their mission was simple: find the best current scholarship highlighting the present of our dynamic field or seek out analysis on the growth and history of the section with an eye to the future. To our delight, overwhelming response produced not one, but two volumes. Barry Wellman leads the first of the two volumes– Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow–showcases field analysis from past CITAMS chairs, as well as a feast of interdisciplinary scholarship on networks and relationships. Casey Brienza leads the second of the two volumes–The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology–probing the relationships between inequalities and media, as well as a scintillating array of scholarship on cultural production and consumption. Both volumes highlight some of the best of the vibrant, interdisciplinary scholarship in communication, information technologies and media sociology.


Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow

Editors: Barry Wellman, Laura Robinson, Casey Brienza, Wenhong Chen, and Shelia R. Cotten, and Aneka Khilnani (Associate Editor)

Foreword: CITAMS@30 By: Wenhong Chen

Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow By: Barry Wellman, Laura Robinson, Casey Brienza, Wenhong Chen, and Shelia R. Cotten, and Aneka Khilnani

Section 1: Field Analysis: CITAMS Past Chairs

CITAMS at Thirty: Learning from the Past, Plotting a Course for the Future By: Deana Rohlinger and Jennifer Earl

Section Membership and Participation in the American Sociological Review Publication Process By: James C. Witte, Roberta Spalter-Roth, and Yukiko Furuya

How Information Technology Transforms the Methods of Sociological Research By: Edward Brent

Section 2: Field Analysis: Relationships and Networks

In Sync, but Apart: Temporal Symmetry, Social Synchronicity, and Digital Connectedness By: Mary Chayko

Break-ups on Facebook: A Typology of Coping Strategies By Anabel Quan-Haase, Andrew Nevin, and Veronika Lukacs

Long Ties as Equalizers By: Yotam Shmargad

Black-Hat Hackers’ Crisis Information Processing in the Darknet: A Case Study of Cyber Underground Market Shutdowns By: K. Hazel Kwon and Jana Shakarian

I click, Therefore I am: Predicting Clicktivist-like Actions on Candidates’ Facebook Posts During the 2016 U.S. Primary Election By: Marc Esteve Del Valle, Alicia Wanless-Berk, Anatoliy Gruzd, and Philip Mai

Afterword: Reflections on My Path to CITASA/CITAMS and the Future of Our Section By Shelia R. Cotten


The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology

Editors: Casey Brienza, Laura Robinson, Barry Wellman, Shelia Cotten, Wenhong Chen and Aneka Khilnani (Associate Editor) 

Foreword: CITAMS@30 By: Wenhong Chen

The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology By: Aneka Khilnani, ​Laura Robinson, Casey Brienza, Barry Wellman, Shelia Cotten, and Wenhong Chen

Section 1 Inequalities and Media

Closing the Digital Divide: Justification for Government Intervention By: Lloyd Levine

Public Knowledge and Digital Divide: the Role and Impact of China’s Media By: Mingli Mei, Ru Zhao, and Miaochen Zhu

Changing Politics of Tribalism in I am Legend and its Remakes By: Jeremiah Morelock

A Niagara of Intemperance and Vice: Newspaper Reports on Immigrant New York 1800-1900 By: Saran Ghatak and Niall Moran

Liberalism without the Press: 18th century Minas Geraes and the Roots of Brazilian Development By: Heloisa Pait

Section 2: Cultural Production and Consumption

Openness as a Means to Closure in Cultural Journalism By: Philippa K. Chong

The Attractions of “Recoil” TV: The Story-World of Game of Thrones By: Carmen Spanó

From the Raja to the Desi Romance: A Sociological Discourse on Family, Class and Gender in Bollywood By: Tanni Chaudhuri

Affective (Im)Mediations and the Communication Process By: Ana Ramos

Afterword: Reflections on My Path to CITASA/CITAMS and the Future of Our Section By Shelia R. Cotten