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ICA 2016 Pre-conference – Willing Collaborators: The Rise of China, and Changing Networks of Asian Media Production.

Written by Terry Flew on October 22, 2015

International Communication Association 2016 Pre-conference:
Willing Collaborators: The Rise of China, and Changing Networks of Asian Media Production.

Date & Time:
Wednesday, June 8, 2016; 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (day before the ICA Conference begins at 5pm on June 9 in Fukuoka, Japan)

Tokyo University of the Arts, Kitasenju Campus. Senju, Adachi-ku, Tokyo.

Division Affiliation:
Global Communication and Social Change

Terry Flew, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Anthony Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mouri Yoshitaka, Tokyo University of the Arts
Michael Keane, Curtin University, Australia
Brian Yecies,

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Use of the term ‘soft power’

Written by Terry Flew on September 26, 2015

The graph below shows the acceleration of the use of the term ‘soft power’ from 1990 to the present, using Google nGram. Rarely used prior to the 1990s, its usage took off after the publication of Harvard international relations theorist Jospeh Nye’s 1990 book Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power. The term experiences a second take off after 2000, with the work of Nye again being influential, including his 2004 book Soft Power: The Means to Success

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The nice side of Twitter

Written by Terry Flew on September 10, 2015

I must say I am often someone who wonders about Twitter. While I work with some of the world’s leading researchers into Twitter, such as Axel Bruns and Jean Burgess, I am also sympathetic to the view that it can be a platform for planetary level public shaming and virtue signalling.

We should not necessarily criticise people for engaging in low-cost forms of public participation. As Barbie Zelizer has recently noted, responses to images such as that of the body

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