UBC Journalism is celebrating the publication of three books authored by faculty members over the coming few months. The works by Alfred Hermida, Candis Callison and Taylor Owen illustrate the breadth of expertise and research fostered by the school.
“I wanted to show that social media is not about shiny new technologies,” said Hermida.
“This book tells the story of how our innate urge to share is transforming the world around us. It is a story of how we are finding new ways to raise money for charity, protest against injustice, find a new job or simply stay in touch with friends and family.”
The host of CBC The National, Peter Mansbridge said: “From street protests to relationships to news coverage and everything in between, Alfred Hermida’s fascinating new book answers the question ‘what have we created and are we better off for it?’ #youwanttoreadthisbook.”
Public knowledge on climate change
Shortly after the launch of Hermida’s book, Callison will release How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts. In this innovative ethnography, Callison looks deeply at how information that starts out as scientific comes to matter to the wider public.
“Candis Callison has done the impossible,” Sheila Jasanoff, author of Science and Public Reason.
“In the reams of words written about climate change, one rarely finds a fresh perspective or responses to the most salient questions. Why does climate change matter, why do some care about it while others are indifferent, and is scientific knowledge the only way to address these questions? Ethnography, Callison shows, can offer deeply satisfying answers where other methods fail.”
Callison’s book is due to be published in December by Duke University Press.
Power and disruption
Early in 2014, Owen, UBC Journalism’s newest faculty member, will publish Disruptive Power: How Digital Technology is Reshaping International Affairs. In the book, Owen examines how digital technologies, and groups such as Anonymous, complicate the balance of global political power.
Published by Oxford University Press, the title is expected to be released in February 2015.
He is perhaps in the best position to examine this subject in detail. Owen comes to UBC Journalism from the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, where he is a research director. He is also the founder of opencanada.org, an international affairs media platform.