The 2014 International Communication Association Annual Conference – Day 1

You need to pay and register for these conferences to rent the space, usually hotels, that can accommodate them. This is similar to paying for going to comic/pop culture conventions. The problem with conferences is that a lot of talks that interest you can be held at the same time forcing you to choose.

As I met with more game studies scholars, many recognize me as that guy who wrote that blog you are reading. Many liked my blog, but I still have ambivalent feelings about this whole blogging business, it’s a mystery why I am still doing this. Someone see it as a post-publication review which I think it would be made redundant if scholars can rate or comment on the articles’ webpage.

The abstracts can be searched at the convention’s website.

My schedule:

9:00-10:15: Sexting, Sexual Selfies, and Sexism in Social Media Contexts

Chair
Gordon Carlson, Fort Hays State U, USA

Participants
Sexting: Motivation and Underlying Mechanisms of Sexting
Kikuko Omori, U of Wisconsin, USA Mike Allen, U of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA

The Nature of Youth Sexting According to Young People
Jessica Marie McGraw, Portland State U, USA Lesile A. Rill, U of Nevada – Reno, USA

Examining the Role of Sexism in Perceptions of Female Virtual Representations
Kristine L. Nowak, U of Connecticut, USA Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA Yerina S. Ranjit, U of Connecticut, USA

WT: Jesse Fox and I did something backwards in that we asked female participants to dress up based on given instructions. Wondered if we replicate Nowak’s study on a MTurk-scale using our participants’ avatars. The problem is the analytical processing of such design. Also responses to cultural stereotypes and counter-stereotypes like butch female avatars or hipster, douchy avatars. Avatar poses might be interesting to examine, like female avatars showing their butts like in those comics.

“Hey, See My Body!”: An Exploratory Study of Body Display on Facebook
Lik Sam Chan, U of Southern California, USA Hing Weng Eric Tsang, Chinese U of Hong Kong, CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF

Respondent
Kristine L. Nowak, U of Connecticut, USA

10:30 – 11:45: Media and Morality

Chair
Rene Weber, U of California – Santa Barbara, USA

Participants
Exploring a Moral Continuum: Examining Explanatory Mechanisms Underlying Moral Disengagement Across Characters of Different Moral Complexities
Meghan Shara Sanders, Louisiana State U, USA Mina Tsay-Vogel, Boston U, USA

How Moral Schemas Impact Our Liking and Moral Acceptance of Antiheroes
Sophie H Janicke, Florida State U, USA Arthur A. Raney, Florida State U, USA

It’s the Thrill That Matters: Temporal Placement of Narrative Events as a Potential Neutralizer of Morality Preference in Suspense
Sarah Brookes, U of Maine, USA Emily Moyer-Guse, Ohio State U, USA

The Role of Intuition Accessibility on the Appraisal and Selection of Media Content
Sujay Prabhu, Michigan State U, USA Ron Tamborini, Michigan State U, USA Pat Idzik, Michigan State U, USA Lindsay Hahn, Michigan State U, USA Matthew N Grizzard, U at Buffalo, State U of New York, USA Lu Wang, Michigan State U, USA

Validating a Scale to Assess Media Preference and Moral Judgment of Antisocial Media Content
Xanthe S. Plaisier, VU U – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS Elly A. Konijn, VU U – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

WT: ran off after 2nd talk to attend another session, missed that talk I was interested in because they were not following the schedule.

13:30: 14:45 – I ran between two sessions

Cultivation Studies in Mass Communication

“I Can Read Snooki Like a Book”: Television Exposure and Genre Preferences Cultivate Narcissism
Robert Benjamin Lull, Ohio State U, USA Ted Dickinson, Ohio State U, USA

WT to the authors: I will get that IRB out soon!

Identity and Stereotypes in Mass Media

Chair
Dana Mastro, U of California – Santa Barbara, USA

Participants
Documenting Portrayals of Race/Ethnicity in Primetime Television Over a 20-Year Span and Assessing the Association With National-Level Racial/Ethnic Attitudes
Riva Tukachinsky, Chapman U, USA Dana Mastro, U of California – Santa Barbara, USA Moran Yarchi, Interdisciplinary Center, ISRAEL

Die, Foul Creature! How the Supernatural Genre Affects Attitudes Toward Outgroups
Morgan E. Ellithorpe, Ohio State U, USA David R. Ewoldsen, Ohio State U, USA

English-Language Latino-Themed Programming and Identity: The Relationship Between Viewing and Self-Esteem Among Latina/os
Adolfo Rafael Mora, U of Texas, USA Seok Kang, U of Texas – San Antonio, USA

Impulsive Facial Threat Perceptions After Exposure to Stereotypic Crime News
Florian Arendt, U of Vienna, AUSTRIA

Missed session: Team Performance in Online Environments

15:00-16:15: Constraint Removal Effects in Social Media

Chair
Ashley Sanders-Jackson, Stanford U, USA

Participants
100 Million Strong: A Case Study of Group Identification and Deindividualization on Imgur.com
Jude Mikal, U of Utah, USA Ronald E. Rice, U of California – Santa Barbara, USA Robert G. Kent, U of Utah, USA Bert Uchino, U of Utah, USA

WT: It’s rather interesting to see that socio-demographic has a lesser influence in the imgur community, which in contrast to gaming community where demographics had a large influence. This relates to norm and stereotype formation where imgur is rather a foggy place, still a gender effect is present.

Aggressive Language in Online Comments: Social Influence, Group Norms, and Effects of Anonymity
Leonie Roesner, U of Duisburg-Essen, GERMANY

WT: The most interesting talk as she examined certain fundamental aspects of computer mediated communication that I’ve been itching to do, but she did the work saving me the trouble. As soon as it gets accepted, I will cite it to high heaven.

Social Media and Subcultures: The Role of Facebook Use in Subcultural Identity
Katharine McGwin, U of Rhode Island, USA Yinjiao Ye, U of Rhode Island, USA

If I Had More Time, I’d Tell You Fewer Lies: The Effect of Technological Affordances on Online Dating Deception
Catalina Laura Toma, U of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

WT: sounded very similar to what Jeffrey Lin of Riot Games had found.

Respondent
Nicholas David Bowman, West Virginia U, USA

Missed session: The Tools for a Good (Research) Life: Advances in Game Studies Theory and Method

16:30 – 17:45: Temptation and Resistance: Self Regulation, Media Use, and “the Good Life”

Chair
Allison Eden, VU U – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

Participants
Media-Use and Self-Control: An Experience Sampling Study of Media Use, Goal Conflicts, and Psychological Well-Being
Leonard Reinecke, U of Mainz, GERMANY Wilhelm Hofmann, U of Cologne, GERMANY Sina Klein, U of Mannheim, GERMANY

WT: Have they examined trait self-control as a moderator, I recall that those with high trait self-control would proactively avoid stressful situations, perhaps they do the same thing with media temptations?

Choosing When to Choose: A Field Observational Study of Planned, Unplanned, and Ritual Media Selection
Elliot T. Panek, Drexel U, USA

Reduced Self Regulation and Media Temptations: The Role of Ego Depletion in Selective Exposure to Challenging Media
Allison Eden, VU U – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS Tilo Hartmann, VU U – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

WT: The concept of cognitive and emotional challenging media is very interesting and makes a lot of sense as we lean towards some mindless media fun when ego depleted. The same could be applied to videogames as I am ego-depleted I looked for some casual gaming. I even postponed playing some games like Hate Plus or XCom because of the anticipated challenges to which corresponds to the conservation hypothesis (Muraven, Shmueli & Burkley, 2006). In connection with all of the talks, I wonder at the national scale whether the level of stressors (or ego depleting stressors) would correspond to “junk” or hedonic media usage over those of eudamonic or meaningful media. Do we procrastinate as a means of distraction from ego depleting activities? Is there a connection between one’s level of self-control and movie ratings or netflix habits? Are our media choices relate to dumb decisions? Also relations to narcissism?

The Impulsive Appeal of Social Network Sites (SNS): Automatic Affective Reactions to SNS-Cues
Guido M Van Koningsbruggen, VU U – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS Harm Veling, Radboud U Nijmegen, THE NETHERLANDS

WT: Told Guido about Andrew Przybylski’s paper on Fear of Missing Out.

Respondent
Ron Tamborini, Michigan State U, USA

WT: Ron Tamborini, as expected by the panel, asked insightful and tough questions, especially focusing on what the hell is guilty pleasure. He also reminded me of Larry David. There were no full-text papers posted for that session.

Missed sessions: Media Violence and Aggression; Train Your Brain: The Effectiveness of Goal-Oriented Serious Games

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