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Please distribute widely.

FlowTV Special Issue
CFP: Social Media (05/18/09)

Social media have created new ways for individuals to communicate and  
share information. Technologies such as blogs, Twitter, social  
networking sites (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Orkut, etc.), wikis,  
Second Life, digg,, FlickR, etc. have become increasingly  
pervasive. Social media are being used by celebrities, athletes,  
journalists, politicians, TV personalities, musicians, scholars, news  
organizations, businesses, marketers, and more. How does the use of  
social media change the ways we think about  identity, community, and  
interpersonal communication? In what ways are social media being used  
for political purposes, for collective action, and news aggregates?  
How does receiving a Twitter message on your cell phone from Shaquille  
O'Neal or NPR's Scott Simon erode boundaries between public and  
private or change conceptualizations of intimacy? Are blogs and other  
social media challenging journalism's traditional gatekeeping and  
agenda-setting functions? Should we be concerned about issues of  
privacy and free speech? How are certain social media technologies  
being gendered, classed, racialized, and policed? And as is the case  
with all forms of media, we must be careful to ask who is denied  
access and to what effect?

We are interested to hear what the Flow community thinks about social  
media technologies: uses and users, popular discourses and rhetoric,  
and the ways in which social media challenge concepts of identity,  
community, friendship, public/private, creativity, surveillance, and  

Please send submissions of between 1000-1500 words to Jacqueline  
Vickery ([log in to unmask]) and Anne Petersen  
([log in to unmask]) no later than May 18th, 2009.  Flow has  
a longstanding policy of encouraging non-jargony, highly readable  
pieces and ample incorporation of images and video.  For examples,  
please visit

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