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Faculty Directory » J.J. Sylvia IV

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2019
Tuesdays
10:30 AM to 12 PM

Fridays
1:30 PM to 3 PM

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 349
Phone: 978-665-3418
Email: jsylvia3@fitchburgstate.edu

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)

Education:

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 collaborating on a project to analyze Russian-affiliated social media activity aimed to disrupt U.S. politics.

In Fall 2018, Dr. Sylvia is beginning work on a new project titled “Becoming Data,” an augmented reality (AR) choose-your-own-adventure style narrative experience that will allow participants to develop a deeper understanding of how their data is collected, analyzed, and commodified. This research project will make the usually technical and abstract ethical and legal issues surrounding big data more personal. In Becoming Data, the line between the human participant and their data will blur. Participants will be able to see how their decisions and actions are translated into big data and how that big data is used in ways that impact one’s daily life. This AR approach will bridge the gap between the general public and the often esoteric and abstract academic concerns over data ethics.

Representative Publications:

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2018. “Code/Art Approaches to Data Visualization” in Levenberg, Lewis; Rheams, David; and Neilson, Tai (Eds.), Handbook of Methods in Digital Humanities.

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. 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 of Philosophers in America