J.J. Sylvia IV
Ph.D., North Carolina State University (Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media)
M.A., The University of Southern Mississippi (Philosophy)
B.A., Mississippi State University (Communication, Philosophy)
Dr. Sylvia is collaborating with a team of faculty members and graduate students on a project that explores how people are accessing and assessing the credibility of news during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the team is collecting data about the role that social media plays in shaping the public's understanding of the virus.
Dr. Sylvia is also working with a number of faculty across campus to write grants that support the development of a new Digital Humanities curriculum for Fitchburg State University. Once developed, this curriculum will offer new opportunities for undergraduate students to work on digital research projects both in the classroom and in the wider community.
Additionally, he has also been researching and writing about the history of the social media platform LiveJournal, with a particular emphasis on the decline of the platform in the U.S. as its popularity increased in Russia. He is developing several journal articles about this topic, including one that assesses the role LiveJournal played in the rise of Russian disinformation tactics.
Sylvia IV, J. J. (2021). A Genealogical Analysis of Information and Technics. Information, 12(3), 123. doi:10.3390/info12030123
Sylvia IV, J.J. 2020. “The Biopolitics of Social Distancing.” in Social Media + Society 2k Special Issue. Vol. 6, Issue 3.
Sylvia IV, J.J. 2019. “From Archaeology to Genealogy: Adding Politics and Processes of Subjectivation.” communication +1. Vol. 7, Issue 2, Article 3.
Sylvia IV, J.J. and Kyle Moody. 2019. “False Information Narratives:The IRA’s 2016 Presidential Election Facebook Campaign.” In Chiluwa, Innocent and Sergei Samoilenko (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News and Misinformation Online.
Sylvia IV, J.J. 2019. “p5.js in the Media Studies Classroom.” In Sarachan, Jeremy (Ed.), Coding Pedagogy digital collection.
Sylvia IV, J.J. 2018. “Code/Art Approaches to Data Visualization” in levenberg, lewis;
Rheams, David; and Neilson, Tai (Eds.), Research Methods for the Digital Humanities.
Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Member
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA)
Society for the Philosophy of Information (SPI)
New England Philosophy of Education Society Member (NEPES)