Recent CMCS Publications

Living Inside Mobile Social Information: A collection of papers presented at our international conference in April on the affect of mobile communication on human interaction and social organization. Living Inside Mobile Social Information


Skype and Skype mobile: this project examines how people use Skype and other free channels of mediated communication to spend time together and create self-organizing activities.

Mobile photo conversations: this project examines the “selfie” and technologies that enable it to better understand the rising protocols and norms of photo exchange. We also explore the thesis that novel forms of communication are arising that are based on visual rather than verbal/oral communication.

Heads up! Google Glass, users and non-users: we’re part of an international set of studies that is collecting data about how people perceive the Google Glass. Researchers are collecting data from potential users in more than six countries, and the research focuses heavily on the reaction of non-users to the possibility of other people using the “heads up” mobile communication technology.

New possibilities in “wearable” computers: our faculty affiliate Chris Daly has begun discussions with Mark Crovella (Chair of Computer Science Department) about a possible cross-disciplinary course to explore communication uses for “wearable” computers — an emerging category that includes Google glass, smart wristwatches, visors and goggles, and who knows what else?

Social media and political participation: mobile devices are considered important in effecting political change during moments of crisis. Though their precise role remains a bone of contention, there is no question that they served important functions in overthrowing regimes from Tunisia to the Ukraine. But how useful are mobile communication technologies in developing and guiding public policy during times of normal governance? That is, can they be useful in everyday contexts of giving citizens a voice in influencing governmental goal-setting? The “social media and political participation” initiative is part of a larger project designed to understand the possibilities and limitations of using social media for effective policy-setting and greater digital engagement on the part of citizens.

Mobile app for the BU community: Graduate students from both the Journalism Department and the Computer Science Department are collaborating to create a mobile app for the Boston University News Service (BUNS).

Social media and political participation: James E. Katz, Michael Barris and Anshul Jain explore the White House’s use of social media during President Obama’s presidency in The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Digital Engagement (2013, Palgrave Macmillan).

Philosophy of Emerging Media Workshop (Fall 2013): The purpose of this workshop was to critique contemporary attempts to build a philosophy of media studies and then pursue a more adequate philosophy of emerging media. Visit the Philosophy Workshop’s website Here.

Living Inside Mobile Social Information (Spring 2013):What will social life be like when each of us has instant personal information about those around us? The Division of Emerging Media Studies (DEMS) hosted a workshop in Spring 2013 to empirically examine various utopian and dystopian visions of this future. Click Here for more information about the workshop. More information about our publication, Living Inside Mobile Social Information (Boston University School of Communication, Fall 2014) will be available on the CMCS website soon.

Selected Relevant Publications

Katz, James E., Daniel Halpern, and Elizabeth Crocker. 2015. In the Company of Robots: Views of Acceptability of Robots in Social Settings in Social Robots from a Human Perspective Jane Vincent, Sakari Taipale, Bartolomeo Sapio, Giuseppe Lugano, Leopoldina Fortunati (eds.) Springer

Lee, Sun Kyong and James E. Katz. (2014). Disconnect: A case study of short-term voluntary mobile phone use. First Monday  HTML Article

Halpern, Daniel & James E. Katz. (2013). Attitudes toward robots suitability for various jobs as affected robot appearance. Behaviour & Information Technology, 1-13. DOI:10.1080/0144929X.2013.783115

Halpern, Daniel & James E. Katz. (2013). Close but not stuck: Understanding social distance in human-robot interaction through a computer mediation approach. Intervalle. PDF article

Katz, James E., Michael Barris & Anshul Jain. (2013). The social media president: Barack Obama and the politics of digital engagement. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Katz, James E. (2013). Mobile gazing two-ways: Visual layering as an emerging mobile communication service. Mobile Media & Communication, 1(1), 129-133.

Katz, James E. & Daniel Halpern. (2013). Political and developmental correlates of social media participation in government: A global survey of national leadership websites. International Journal of Public Administration, 36 (1), 1-15.

Katz, James E. (2011). Communication perspectives on social networking and citizen journalism challenges to traditional newspapers. Social and Management Sciences. Periodica Polytechnica, 19 (2), 51–62. PDF article

Katz, James E. (2006). Magic in the Air: Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Katz, James E., Wayne LaBar & Ellen Lynch. (Eds.), (2011). Technology and Creativity: Social Media, Mobiles and Museums. Edinburgh, UK: MuseumsEtc.

Katz, James E. (Ed.), (2008). Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Katz, James E. (2006). Magic in the Air: Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life.
Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Lai, Chih-Hui & James E. Katz. (2012). Are we evolved to live with mobiles? An evolutionary view of mobile communication. Social and Management Sciences. Periodica Polytechnica, 20 (1), 45-54. PDF article

Valenzuela, Sebastián, Daniel Halpern & James Katz. (2014). Social Network Sites, Marriage Well-being and Divorce: Survey and State-level Evidence from the United States. Computers in Human Behavior 36:94-101.

Groshek, J. and Al-Rawi, A. (2013). “Public Sentiment and Critical Framing in Social Media Content During the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign.” Social Scientific Computer Review, 31(5), 563-576. PDF Article

Groshek, J. and Clough Groshek, M. K. (2013). “Agenda Trending: Reciprocity and the Predictive Capacity of Social Networking Sites in Intermedia Agenda Setting across Topics over Time.” Media and Communication, 1(1). HTML Article.

Groshek, J. and Dimitrova, D. (2013). “A Cross Section of Political Involvement, Partisanship and Online Media in Middle America during the 2008 Presidential Campaign.” Atlantic Journal of Communication, 21(2), 108-124. PDF Article

de Boer, N., Suetfeld, H., and Groshek, J. (2012). “Social Media and Personal Attacks: A Comparative Perspective on Co-creation and Political Advertising in Presidential Campaigns on YouTube.” First Monday, 17(12). HTML Article.

Groshek, J. (2012). “Forecasting and observing: A cross-methodological consideration of Internet and mobile phone diffusion in the Egyptian revolt” International Communication Gazette, 74(8), 750-768. PDF Article

Groshek, J. and Engelbert, J. (2012). “A Cross-National Comparison of Populist Political Movements and Media Uses in the United States and the Netherlands.” New Media and Society. PDF Article

Groshek, J. and Han, Y. (2011). “Negotiated Hegemony and Reconstructed Boundaries in Alternative Media Coverage of Globalization” International Journal of Communication, 5, 1523-1544. PDF Article

Groshek, J. and Dimitrova, D. (2011). “A Cross-Section of Voter Learning, Campaign Interest and Intention to Vote in the 2008 Presidential Election: Did Web 2.0 Matter?” Communication Studies, 9, 355-375. PDF Article

Guo, L., & Harlow, S. (2014). User-generated racism: An analysis of stereotypes of African Americans, Latinos and Asians in YouTube videos. Howard Journal of Communication, 25, 281-302.

Vargo, C., Guo, L., Shaw, D., & McCombs, M. (2014). Network issue agendas on Twitter during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Journal of Communication, 64(2), 296-316. PDF article

Harlow, S., & Guo, L. (2014). Will the revolution be Twittered or Facebooked? Using digital communication tools in immigrant activism. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19 (3), 463-478

Guo, L., & Lee, L. (2013). The critique of YouTube-based vernacular discourse: A case study of YouTube’s Asian community. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 30(5), 391-406. PDF article

Harp, D., Bachman, I., & Guo, L. (2012). The whole online world is watching: Profiling social network sites and activists in China, Latin America and the United States. International Journal of Communication, 6, 298-321 PDF article

Guo, L., Holton, A., & Jeong, S. H. (2012). Transnational Comparative Framing: Suggesting a new model. International Journal of Communication, 6, 1918-1941. PDF article

Tsay-Vogel, M. (forthcoming). Me versus them: Third-person effects among Facebook users. New Media & Society.

Hartmann, T., Krakowiak, K. M., & Tsay-Vogel, M. (2014). How violent video games communicate violence: A literature review and content analysis of moral disengagement factors. Communication Monographs, 81(3), 310-332.

Tsay-Vogel, M., & Oliver, M. B. (2014). Is watching others self-disclose enjoyable? An examination of the effects of information delivery in entertainment media. Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications, 26(3), 111-124. PDF article

Tsay-Vogel, M., & Schwartz, M. L. (2014). Theorizing parasocial interactions based on authenticity: The development of a media figure classification theme. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 3(2), 66-78. PDF article

Tsay, M., & Shanahan, J. (2010, November). The cultivation of privacy: Television, social media, perceptions of privacy and tendencies to self-disclose Presented as part of a panel at the 96th annual convention of the National Communication
Association, San Francisco, CA.

Chung, D. S., & Tsay, M. (2009, August). Is being „closer‟ to the news better? Interactive news presentation and its effects on evaluative perception. Paper presented at the 92nd annual convention of the Association for Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, MA.