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Securing the communication of journalists with their sources as a form of source protection

Toerija in praksaA new article by a member of PolCoRe Jernej Amon Prodnik, which was coauthored together with Marko Milosavljevič and Lenart J. Kučić, was recently published in Teorija in praksa (vol. 52, no. 4, pp.: 612-630) under the title “Securing the communication of journalists with their sources as a form of source protection – editorial policy of Slovenian media regarding communication and technology”. The article is open access and it is available via the following link:

Media and Democratisation: Challenges for an Emerging Sub-field

Medijske StudijeOur member Václav Štětka has just published an article „Media and Democratisation: Challenges for an Emerging Sub-field“ in the new issue of the journal Medijske Studije (Media Studies). The article (co-authored by Nael Jebril and Matthew Loveless) aims to compile an empirically-based understanding of the role of media in countries in transition. The study focuses on the processes of political socialization, behaviour and accountability using examples from three regions: Central andEastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East/North Africa.

The full article is available here: (link)

New Book: Contradictions of Communication

ProtislovjaJernej Amon Prodnik (member of PolCoRe) has published a book „Contradictions of Communication: Towards a Critique of Commodification in Political Economy of Communication“ which is available in Slovene from Faculty of Social Sciences Ljubljana Press (link).



The book emphasizes that in the current historical epoch contradictions that are a constitutive part of capitalist societes broaden and expand into communication. Author points out that social changes and communication technologies need to be analysed in a historical manner, in the context of the existing asymmetries of power. The starting point of the monograph is in the political economy of communication, that offers a way of holistically analysing structural, historical changes and the most fundamental social relations, with special focus on communication, media, and information. Analyses in the book move between fundamental theoretical insights that build on critical approaches to social sciences, and currently topical issues.


Language management in English-language online discussion forums

Our member Jaroslav Švelch has just published the article “Excuse my poor English: language management in English-language online discussion forums” in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language. It focuses on the ways in which language management and language politics are being practiced in online English language discussion forums. Although these forums use English as their lingua franca, their users are often non-native speakers. The article investigates the strategies that users employ in order to be communicate successfully or to enforce desired language behavior.


New article on citizens‘ engagement with the 2013 Czech Parliamentary Elections campaign on Facebook

Toerija in praksaThis article, written by PolCoRe members Václav Štětka and Lenka Vochocová, was published in a special issue of the journal Teorija in Praksa. The article analyses the use of Facebook by political parties during the campaign for the 2013 Parliamentary Elections in the Czech Republic, as well as the content of communication produced by citizens on political parties‘ Facebook profiles.“

Link to the full issue


“Grammar Nazis never sleep”: Facebook humor and the management of standard written language

Our member Jaroslav Švelch has co-authored the article “Grammar Nazis never sleep”: Facebook humor and the management of standard written language, which has just been published by Language Policy. Being among the first academic explorations of the Grammar Nazi phenomenon, the article argues that individuals who organize under the title Grammar Nazis on Czech Facebook are usually non-experts, whose activities are driven by standard language ideology, and who associate “grammar” primarily with orthography. Given that the knowledge of orthography is related to one’s education and cultural capital, it thus serves as an instrument of social differentiation.

Člen skupiny PolCoRe Jaroslav Švelch je spoluautorem článku “Grammar Nazis never sleep”: Facebook humor and the management of standard written language, který právě vyšel v časopise Language Policy. Jedná se o jeden z prvních článku o fenoménu Grammar Nazis. Dospívá k závěru, že lidé, kteří se na českém Facebooku sdružují pod hlavičkou Grammar Nazis jsou obvykle laici, jejichž aktivita je však ovlivněna ideologií standardního jazyka a kteří si „gramatiku“ spojují primárně s ortografií (pravopisem). Vzhledem k tomu, že znalost pravopisu souvisí se vzděláním a kulturním kapitálem, slouží tak jako nástroj sociální diferenciace.

Whither slacktivism?

Časopis Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace právě publikoval článek Václava Štětky a Jaromíra Mazáka, členů skupiny PolCoRe, o vztahu mezi online a offline politickou participací v kontextu parlamentních voleb 2013.

Celý článek je dostupný online: fulltextPDF

Special Issue of tripleC Journal Out Now

tripleC special issue

Special issue of tripleC journal: Philosophers of the World Unite! Theorising Digital Labour and Virtual Work – Definitions, Dimensions and Forms co-edited by Jernej Amon Prodnik (member of PolCoRe) was published in September 2014.

This issue edited by Marisol Sandoval, Christian Fuchs, Jernej A. Prodnik, Sebastian Sevignani, Thomas Allmer aims to contribute to building a theoretical framework for the critical analysis of digital labour, virtual work, and related concepts that can initiate further debates, inform empirical studies, and inspire social struggles connected to work and labour in and beyond digital capitalism.
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