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Maybe the Blogosphere is parasitic?


Thank heavens the election is finally over and we can all go back to debating if newspapers are going to “make it” in this new, open, and tech-heavy presidential era.  So, with all due speed let’s turn our attention to what newspapers seem to have learned from these past few months years.

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Expanding Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Welcome Our NYU Guest Blogger!

In an effort to make gnovis a space for consistent interdisciplinary conversation, we’ve hired a guest blogger from NYU’s Media, Culture, and Communication program — Jason Turcotte.

Jason has a background in political science and currently studies political rhetoric, propaganda and persuasive communication. 

We’re thrilled to welcome this new voice to gnovis and we hope that this benchmark will serve as one in many more collaborations to come with other academic communities.

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Blog Roundup: Crowdsourcing, Product Placement and, of course, Barack Obama

The highlight of this past week at gnovis was our first post from Jason Turcotte, calling out the significance of Obama’s Web 2.0 presidency: “From his presidency on, Americans will come to expect superior communication and a more inclusive approach to governance.”

Jason joins us from the Media, Culture & Communication program at NYU, and will be contributing biweekly posts. We’re very excited to have him on board!

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Product Displacements as Catalysts to Engagement

Lately I’ve been noticing a trend of product displacements that are arguably more clever and memorable than even some of the most exhaustedly planned brand integration strategies.  During the product displacement process, any form of recognizable branding (i.e. logo or brand name) is removed or covered and essentially erased. This often occurs to avoid giving a brand free advertising or is requested by brands themselves if they sense that they will be presented negatively.

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Crowdsourcing Phenology: the Citizen Scientist

This summer, about a month into my research of rising land prices in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, I experienced a moment of profound clarity.  It came in the form of an answer to a question I had asked a million times: what changes have you observed in Vilcabamba in the past 5-10 years?  The answer hardly varied (more foreigners, more cars, rising prices, etc) and the question soon became simply a routine to get the conversation started, so much so, that when I heard a dramatically different response, it took me a minute to fully comprehend it.  Before she answered my question, this elderly Ecuadorian woman looked at me for a long time, until she finally said: “The sun is hotter…and the winds are stronger.”

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Let the Web 2.0 Presidency Begin

Remember the days when we elected politicians who didn’t know how to e-mail? While some candidates think they can still get by with rhetoric from the Stone Age (McCain, anyone?), those days of the not-so-technologically-savvy president are gone, thanks to Barack Obama’s administration. The Blackberry-toting Obama marks the country’s first president to adopt e-mail, despite the technology going mainstream some two decades ago. As a result of Obama’s Web 2.0 White House, we have a president eager to communicate through mediums neglected by past presidents and — for the first time in my generation — Americans have lent their ears to our new leader.

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