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Faculty Directory » J.J. Sylvia IV

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2018


Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 349
Phone: 978-665-3418

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies (COMM 1105)
Human Communication (COMM 4200)
Communications Law and Ethics (COMM 4230)
Game Studies Seminar (GAME 4000)


Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
M.A. Philosophy, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, M.S.
B.A. Communication, Philosophy, Mississippi State University, Starkville, M.S.

Research Interests:

Big Data
Posthuman Media Studies
Media Ethics
Digital Pedagogy

Current Projects:

Dr. Sylvia is revising a book manuscript for publication. In this work, he develops a posthuman approach to big data and media studies. He is also making final revisions on a book chapter that explores code/art approaches to data visualization for a collection about digital humanities methods.

Next, Dr. Sylvia will be launching a project that explores the potential for using critical making and open data in conjunction with citizen science projects as a way of exploring subjectivity at the level of cities and communities.

Representative Publications:

Sylvia IV, J.J. and Mark Andrejevic. 2016. "The Future of Critique: Mark Andrejevic on Power/Knowledge and the Big Data-Driven Decline of Symbolic Efficiency." International Journal of Communication. Vol. 10. 3230-3240.

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2016. "Little Brother: How Big Data Necessitates an Ethical Shift from Privacy to Power." In Booth, P. and Davisson, A. (Eds.), Controversies in Digital Ethics (pp. 13-28). New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

Sylvia IV, J.J. and R.A. Williams. 2015. Mastering Prezi for Business Presentations (2nd ed.). Packt Publishing.

Sylvia IV, J.J. and Heath Stevens. 2015. "Meeting Up with Yourself." In Lewis, C. and Smithka, P. (Eds.), More Doctor Who and Philosophy. (pp. 291-300) Chicago and La Salle, IL: Open Court.

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2014. "Using Bloom's Taxonomy to Assess Social Media Assignments." Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. Vol. 3(1). 50-59.

Professional Affiliations:

International Communication Association

National Communication Association

Society for the Philosophy of Information