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# 2 (27) 2017: Communication in Culture

Guest Editor

pict Mikhail STEPANOV
Acting Head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the Institute of Business Communications St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technology and Design, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Senior Scientific Researcher of Center for Basic Cultural Studies, D.S.Likhachev Russian Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Russia
Associate Professor, PhD in Philosophy

The focus of this issue is the problematic field of modern communication. Communicative processes weave the fabric of culture. Edward Hall, one of the founders of the theory of intercultural communication, pioneered the idea of interdependence of communication and culture. The fact that differences in communicative practices mark the diversity of cultures is beyond doubt. Together with Vilem Flusser, we can safely say that the problem of communication is the essential problem of human existence. Communication reveals what is human in man, because as we communicate with each other we take part in - what philosophers call - becoming. In a nutshell, human communication is not only a process through which information is stored, processed and transferred further, but it is also a process through which new information and new meanings are produced.
Today, communication is studied in both the humanities (philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, psychology), and in the applied social sciences (advertising, public relations, marketing, journalism, political science). Vilem Flusser's project "communicology" was aimed at creating a communication science by analogy with biology and technology, and proposed development of a single communicative logic that would unite all aspects of the phenomenon of communication.
The history of science shows how, since the 1950s, attempts have been made to consider all phenomena as phenomena of communications. Semiotics, information theory, cybernetics and genetics sought to develop and use a single conceptual apparatus capable of encompassing phenomena of a different order. In fact, Flusser in the late 1980s, planned to complete the epistemological codification of the world, combining man, nature and culture in the phenomenon of communication. Meanwhile nowadays, one can observe the reverse situation: the disciplinary fields are further separated as they specify and identify the differences in communicative models, practices and technologies taking in account social context.
At the current level of communication development, the situations of nonhuman autonomy or posthumanistic agency deserve special attention. These situations occur when interactions happen not between subjects but between non-human objects. For instance, the so-called “Internet of things” means that the solutions are suggested by network aggregators, search engines, etc. Over the past years, machines, that work with big data, have built a persuasion industry and systematized our purchases and preferences in social networks and personal media. Automated control over movement and behavior, manipulation of motivation and desire have long been plots of blockbusters.
It would be a mistake to think that we are talking only about high-tech, highly specialized devices. Communication is not confined to the sphere of information, but it also covers infrastructures, transport hubs and bicycle paths in populated areas. All of these have an impact on how people communicate, organize their activities and make decisions.
In this issue, it is proposed to consider the whole spectrum of existence and analytics of communications in culture, including the following topics:

  • Visual communications and structures of thinking
  • Marketing Communications and Consumer Society
  • Intercultural communication and dialogue of cultures
  • Mass media and individual content in contemporary cultural identity
  • Advertising and art as forms of communication
  • Communicative models: man-machine-animal-plant-mucus
  • Mobile marketing, "instagrammism" and blogging
  • Technologies of emotional involvement and branding
  • Public relations in the structure of cultural processes
  • Media culture, cyber culture, Internet culture
  • Phenomenon of the network: anonymity and personification.

Deadline is 01.06.2017

 

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