Special Issue: Social media and the visual

  title={Special Issue: Social media and the visual},
  author={Elisabetta Adami and Carey Jewitt},
  journal={Visual Communication},
  pages={263 - 270}
Social media are a significant part of contemporary communication. It is estimated that, by the end of 2016, over 2 billion people worldwide will be using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, to communicate, interact, and undertake a range of formal and informal activities and practices (Mccarthy et al., 2014). It is therefore vital that we understand social media platforms and their usage. With a shared interest in the social significance of visual communication in social media… 

The shared story of #JeSuisAylan on Twitter

Despite an increased interest in the discourse representations of refugees in the media, little attention has been paid so far to the circulation and uptake of such portrayals in social media. This

Autistic sociality on Twitter: Enacted affordances and affiliation strategies

An argument for combining systematic observation of digital practices with analysis of evaluative language in order to provide a situated account of ‘autistic sociality’ in social media is put forward.

Studying social media as semiotic technology: a social semiotic multimodal framework

ABSTRACT How do we study social media technology? While social semiotics provides an extensive toolkit for analysing multimodal texts and semiotic practices, the study of social media as semiotic

Mental health advocacy on Twitter: Positioning in Depression Awareness Week tweets

Experimenting with visual content: online focus group on citizens’ perception and trust in science communication

Background: This paper presents part of a wider research project called TRESCA[1] which aims to develop trust in science through the innovation of communication practices. Connected with the topic of

Social Media, Disasters, and Cultural Heritage: An Analysis of Twitter Images of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

This article provides an understanding of the underlying themes and patterns in the photographic images of cultural heritage sites posted on Twitter immediately after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. An

Portrayal of Life Stages on Swedish Municipal Media: A Life Course Perspective

Media portrayal of older adults is an expression of social realities and expectations, and the image of ageing has significant implications for intergenerational relations. A life course perspective

The status quo of the visual turn in public relations practice

Abstract While most research in public relations and strategic communication concentrates on textual elements, this contribution shifts the focus to the growing importance of visual elements. The



Zooming into an Instagram City: Reading the local through social media

The affordances provided by the Instagram interface are analyzed and the ways this interface and the application’s tools structure users’ understanding and use of the “Instagram medium” are analyzed.

The social media image

This article relates how visual materials created within social media platforms manifest distinct modes of knowledge production and acquisition and illuminates some of the conditions, challenges, and tensions between former visual structures and current ones, and unfolds the cultural significations of contemporary big visual data.

Predicting social trends from non-photographic images on Twitter

This study investigates if features extracted from Tweeted images can predict a number of socio-economic characteristics and finds that these features are correlated with self-reported social well-being responses from Gallup surveys, and also median housing prices, incomes, and education levels.

Retwitting, Reposting, Repinning; Reshaping Identities Online: Towards a Social Semiotic Multimodal Analysis of Digital Remediation

The study sketches the analytical steps to approach the phenomenon, applying them on a UK food blogger’s activity spanning her blog, her Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts, intended as a flexible tool that can be used for a broader in-depth analysis of crossposting.

2 Aesthetics in Digital Texts beyond Writing: A Social Semiotic Multimodal Framework

What is there in a text that has us say, at a first glance, ‘this is kitsch’ or ‘this is radical chic’ or ‘this is childish’? What do these labels reveal about the text? Even more, what do they

Gender, Identity, and Language Use in Teenage Blogs

The results suggest that teenagers stay closer to reality in their online expressions of self than has previously been suggested, and that these explorations involve issues, such as learning about their sexuality, that commonly occur during the adolescent years.

Blogging: A multimodal perspective

A need to redesign learning to allow everyone to cope with multimodality as a new form of literacy is suggested.

Blogs as Alternative

  • L. Kenix
  • Sociology
    J. Comput. Mediat. Commun.
  • 2009
This research argues that previous conceptualizations of alternative media, at least in relation to the political/current events blogosphere, might need reconsideration.

Web Technologies of the Self: The Arising of the "Blogger" Identity

  • I. Siles
  • Computer Science
    J. Comput. Mediat. Commun.
  • 2012
This study analyzes how the most defining practices associated with the emergence of these websites in the second half of the 1990s enabled the performance of specific modes of identification for their users, expressed by concepts such as the “online diarist” and the ”blogger.

Blog for America and Civic Involvement

Web logs (blogs) were an integral component of the 2004 presidential campaign and are a new medium for civic engagement. Arguably, the most important campaign blog was Blog for America, which served