La Dernière Classe_Communication under Global Context

Exam questions will be sent in one hour, due on May 1st. Send the final paper asap for peer review. Final paper is due May 6th.


1. Flow and Contra-Flow:

TV & the Internet

Global IPTV subscribers by the end of 2014: 128 million


2. Cosmopolitanism Born of Trauma

citizen of the cosmos

4th century B.C.

Global citizenship

cross-cultural education

Stuart Hall—-discursive meanings

What is at stake?

-Cosmopolitanism can address national traumas

-Uncover identity of a shared humanity rather than nationality, religion, etc.

Truth Reconciliation Commissions

2 case studies: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission & Rwanda

Kwame Anthony Appiah: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006)

National Trauma_definition by Goman & Kelly 2014

Nonhuman life—-Plants are different kind of beings_Heidegger

4. Rethinking the Rhetorical Presidency in a Global Context: War, Democratization, and Agency

Reagan’s speech: Gorbachov

Berlin twitter wall

Chinese netizens calling Obama to tear down the fire wall

5. Political Economy

Power, Ownership and Control, through the lenses of:

History, social totality, moral philosophy, social praxis, commodification, spatialization, structuration

Centrality of power in cosial relations, which defines how resources, including communication resources are produced, distributed, and consumed. How wealth exerts power and in turn how power exerts wealth. Concentrated on wealth generation vs wealth distribution. Grounded in Scottish Enlightenment tradition, based on the value of elements in physics, applied value to human labor. Institutional skepticism, since institutions would inhibit freedom. Media viewed as economic entities not just recreational cultural products. Intellectuals are also agents of social resistance-NWICO (New World Information and Communication Order). Response to efforts of non-aligned movement.

6.  Information Society Theory & Newsworthiness

What is journalists’ role within information society?

Journalism as a profession

historical, influence, ethics

Journalism and Information Society








Writing for Academic Publication: Publishing/Editing Proceedings

May 5th    At 12:00. Deadline for final paper! Drop-dead date deadline.

Cover letter would help to decide where/the venues you will send the paper. For instance, pedagogical journals, etc.


1. What does proceedings mean?

Proceedings means a collection of papers from a particular conference. Conferences are a major source of cutting edge research. At conferences, researchers present papers on the research they are doing and obtain feedback from the audience. The papers presented in the conference are then usually published in a volume called a conference proceeding.

2. Discussion Questions

a. What are values/functions of publishing proceedings? Do they differ in terms of disciplines?

b. How does publishing proceedings differ from other publications?

c. Challenges of publishing/editing proceedings?

3. Findings from Literature Review

Proceedings papers tend to receive less citation than those published in ordinary issues or than regular articles (Gonzalez-Albo and Bordons, 2011)

In most of the cases, the proceedings paper published in journals is expected to represent a more elaborate version since these papers often have undergone an additional reviewing and selection process or, at least, a careful revision according to the requirements of the particular journal, where the paper has finally been published (Zhang and Glänzel, 2011)

There are higher credits assigned to journal publications than to proceedings (Zhang and Glänzel, 2011)

The proceedings literature is valuable supplement to the journal literature (Glänzel, Schlemmer, and Schubert, 2006)

Proceedings in journals play an important part in scholarly communication even if their impact is often somewhat lower than that of “regular” publications. (Zhang and Glänzel, 2011)


Glänzel, W., Schlemmer, B., Schubert, A., & Thijs, B. (2006). Proceedings literature as additional data source for bibliometric analysis. Scientometrics, 68(3), 457-473.

Gonzalez-Albo, B. & Bordons, M. (2011). Articles vs. proceedings papers: Do they differ in research relevance and impact? A case study in the library and information science field. Journal of Informwtrics, 5(3), 369-381.

Zhang, L., & Glänzel, W. (2012). Proceeding papers in journals versus the “regular” journal publications. Journal of Informetrics, 6(1), 88-96.



Governance: Past, Present, and Future

“The WSIS as a Political Space in Global Media Governance”—-Marc Roboy, Tunis Agenda and Commitment for the Information Society

The diplomacy rhetoric—-“call for,” “urge,” so on and so forth vs. practical application of humanitarian concerns in the information age.

Reaffirmation of some of the foundations of international laws and regulations, human rights, and so on.

The cosmopolitan ideal vs. practical issues in terms of environmental problems and the natural resource shortages.

 “The Politics of Global Media Reform”—-Pike and Winseck

Wilson’s ideas are idealistic and unrealistic due to imperialistic, and nationalistic elements, but do they help to a certain extent owing to a top down developmental impetus?

“The Myth of Multi-Stakeholder Governance”—-Shawn Powers & Michael Jablonski

How have global ICT politics changed since the early 20th century?

ITU—-International Telecommunication Union



IETF—-The Internet Engineering Task Force

ICANN—-The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

MS(multi-stakeholders) model—-governments can be overwhelmed

NGOs, etc. The composition of the leadership per se is problematic.

Any board is a capitalist board almost at all times! Corporation ethics is highly capitalist.

“The WSIS as a Political Space in Global Media Governance”—-Roboy

Whom does the WSIS employ as global leaders, conference organizers, or agencies to enhance multilateral diplomacies and multicultural communication. Do our students qualify the jobs that are possibly challenging for the WSIS and future engagement of international affairs and political disputes? They are open, but there are different levels of participation.

Is it possible to build such a civil and global society that is utopian, democratic, moral, and egalitarian when the resources are limited? For instance, big powers are targeting the Middle East for the sake of petroline, China for the cheap labor, so on and so forth. Whereas we have heated debates on how to solve human rights issues, or religious issues, our mother earth’s health condition is deteriorating, which reduces food production and a nice living condition. Should it become an urgent issue to figure out how to solve these issues first?

Optimistic or pessimistic? Stakeholders in global affairs have not shown a great case that they can deal with problems smoothly, as is seen from world relationships in the political arena. However, the information society should make everybody on the same page nonpolitically.

“The Internet and Global Governance: Principles and Norms for a New Regime”—-Muller & Klein

Since the mid-1990s, efforts have been under way to construct an international regime for global Internet governance. Beginning with the formation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, efforts at regime construction were a main focus of the 2001–2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society. However, little progress was made toward an international agreement. This reflected policymakers’ illadvised attempt to shortcut regime construction: they attempted to define regime rules and procedures without first defining underlying principles and norms. This article offers example sets of principles and norms of the type that are missing and that could provide the foundation for an Internet governance regime. The authors conclude that a framework convention would be the appropriate institutional mechanism for advancing regime construction.

KEYWORDS: Internet governance, regime theory, World Summit on the Information Society, ICANN, framework convention.

This article is ridiculous when the authors try to define the internet and other terms that average smart people know.

Should the internet be under UN or ICANN?

WSIS & the disputes, for instance how you apply censorship

Consensus is had to reach for stakeholders.

What is the source of the first move in international governance and who authorized who to be governors? What actually has to be governed at the international level. The first thing will be the root server.

IGF—-the Internet Governance Forum

Milton Mueller. Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (2002)


Youtube: ICANN Board Chair reacts to US Government plan to relinquish key Internet stewardship

Providing a reliable service that everybody can count on.


Google balloons, Facebook drones, and Brics cable


Next Week

12 minutes presentation with Q & A afterwards, at least half and half theory and case study, preferably 2/3 case study. The paper will not necessarily be in the same percentage cut.

Send the paper draft for peer review.

Final exam questions will be delivered next week.

Snacks will be provided by Dr. Powers. Cool~~~




Fundamentals of Grant Writing and IRB Approval

Types of Grants

Elements of the Proposal
Cover sheet/Abstract
* Succinctly states the purpose of request and amount requested (the “elevator pitch”)
* Should include slightly longer but concise, easy to follow, and measured explanations of project and what precisely the grant will fund. If applying on behalf of a group or organization, may include organizational history.
-Statement of intend should address the foundational question——why this project or this need?-Without descending into hyperbole, assuming specialized knowledge, or ommitting basic information
* Should always adhere to the foundation’s request for proposals (RFP). May request a copy of the rating form the agency uses.
* Cover letter may require signature of home institution guaranteeing support

Work or Action Plan and Projected Outcomes
*Should include information about the various stakeholders in the project, who will benefit, who will be doing the actual work, who is the project director. Resumes or CVs may be included.
* Should also address basic information such as what work has already been done, what is the timeline for the remainder of the project, and possibly what the projected outcome is and how will that outcome be measured or evaluated. most grant making agencies will require some sort of report at the concluding of the project.

Budget Statement
*Grant expenses can be broken down into categories
-Personal Expenses
a. Any projected use of grant fund to pay salaries, stipends, one-time payments to contractors, fringe benefits, payroll taxes, or payments for course releases or other time “bought” from an organization for an employee’s time
b. May also include statement of support from affiliate organization offers additional funds, employee time, to use of other resources
-Direct Project Expenses
All non-employee expenses, which could include travel, advertising, office supplies, or food
-Administrative or indirect Expenses
a. May be itemized or done by percentage of direct expenses
b. Some funders have strict rules for indirect expenses
c. Examples include any expense, such as rent, that will have to be paid whether the project happens or not

Additional Materials
*Additional funding sources
*Statements of support
*Overall organizational budget or tax return for past, current, or future fiscal years
*Organizational hierarchy or list of sponsors/dissertation director
*Plans for renewal or projected sources of additional funding/support


Internal Review Board Approval

The Belmont Report on Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research
*Released April 18, 1979, by National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and behavioral Research, under the direction of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
*Charged to determine
-Boundaries between research and practice of medicine
-Role of risk-benefit assessment in determining appropriate research involving human subjects
-Guidelines for the selection of human subjects
-Definition of informed consent
*Response to Tuskegee Syphilis Study, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and other controversial uses of human subjects.

IRB Proposal: refer to IRB instruction page, GSU

General Outline of Research Protocol by WTO


Preparing Materials for the Job Market—-CVs, Resumes, and Teaching Portfolios

Teaching Portfolios: actual evidence of teaching and student learning
-Syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, tests, and assessments
-Student work, test scores, evaluations
-Photos of classroom life
-Letters of recommendation, statements from class observations
-Self assessment and commentaries
-Statement of teaching philosophy or teaching statement

Tips for teaching Statement
-Show don’t say
-Use concrete examples
-Don’t be afraid to talk about mistakes and lessons learned
-Focus on students
-A reflection for yourself on every class you teach will certainly help
-Don’t reiterate your CV lines

“It is also a process for examine teaching and learning in a focused and structured fashion, for sharing these insights with others, and for improving what we do in schools.” (Wolf and Dietz 13)

Teaching portfolio as confession: “As a disciplinary tactic, portfolios may provide an increasingly sophisticated technique of monitoring faculty development toward codified norms of effective teaching.” (Talburt)

“Portfolio development rather than becoming a part of the apparatus of accountability, may better contribute to creating campus cultures in which institutional structures and mission are discussed and renegotiated, and questions of the value and purposes of teaching and learning and the elements that constitute effective teaching remain open.” (Talburt)

Three Kinds of Portfolios
Learning Portfolio
Strengths: is teacher driven and flexible, offers a non-treatening forum for analyzing one’s own practice
Limitations: can be unconnected to professional standards, may not provide a broad view of a teacher’s practice
Assessment Portfolio
Strengths: provides valid and reliable assessment and a comprehensive view of a teacher’s performance and potential
Limitations: reduces teacher ownership and can be time-consuming for teachers to construct
Employment Portforlio
Strengths: advertises a teachers talents and provides information to employers about a teacher’s perspectives and practices
Limitations: provides a view of teacher strengths rather than weaknesses

“It is important to keep in mind, however, that portfolios are a means, not an end. that is, the goal is not to polish portfolios, but to advance teacher and student learning.” (Wolf and Dietz)

Resumes & CVs
Reflective-Reflexive uses of resumes and CVs
-socially constructed, non-objective
-critically analyze power, privilege

“The very mechanics that administrations create for monitoring and developing teaching carry with them resources for faculty to renew their participation in defining the terms under which they teach and work.” (Talburt)

Talburt, Susan. “Teaching Portfolios: Uses Beyond Accountability.” The NEA Higher Education Journal 14. 2 (1998)
Wolf, Kenneth, and Mary Dietz. “Teaching Portfolios: Purposes and Possibilities.” Teacher Education Quarterly (1998): 9-22.

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