[AISWorld] International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) - Publication of Vol. 3 Issue 2

Celia R. Livermore ak1667 at wayne.edu
Wed May 30 14:02:05 EDT 2012

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the publication of the latest issue of the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) - Volume 3 Issue 2

The International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) is an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association. It is published: quarterly in Print and Electronically by IGI Publishing, Hershey-New York, USA

ISSN: 1947-9131 EISSN: 1947-914X

Editor-in-Chief: Celia Romm Livermore, Wayne State University, USA


Public Opinion on YouTube: A Functional Theory Analysis of the Frames Employed in User Comments Following Sarah Palin’s 2008 Acceptance Speech

Barbara J. Chambers (Texas Tech University, USA)
Shannon L. Bichard (Texas Tech University, USA)

>From the communication methods to the candidates on the ballot, the 2008 presidential campaign was revolutionary. Communicating party platforms went beyond traditional media to include social media and online video services such as YouTube. These communication methods provide an opportunity to examine public feedback on candidates that ranged widely in age, race, gender, and experience. This study seeks to analyze comments posted on YouTube as a form of public opinion and determine their content and frame of reference in response to vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. The Functional Theory of Political Discourse is used as a means to reveal prominent framing strategies. Results indicate a majority of YouTube user comments were negative, focused on the present, and utilized the attack function. Character also emerged as a dominant issue in campaign discussion.

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Privilege-Seeking Activities in Organizational Politics and Its Effect on More Productive Employees

Gil S. Epstein (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Bruce C. Herniter (DeVry University, USA)

The ability to evaluate accurately an employee would seem to be a key activity in managing Information Technology (IT). Yet, workers may engage in dishonest and misleading behavior, which distort the evaluation, a variation of organizational politics. Why would they do so? One hypothesis is that “privilege-seeking”, that is, managing one’s managers (also called “rent-seeking”, “management relations”, or “organizational politics”), can be used by workers to misrepresent their actual contribution. These activities lead to a reduction in productivity and consequently to a loss of profits. Management may decrease the firm’s losses by engaging in costly monitoring activities. It is paradoxical that a behavior with such negative consequences is tolerated. A model is developed to show that an organization should be composed of employees with different levels of productivity; moreover, it may be optimal for the organization to have some employees who are good at privilege-seeking activities, forcing the remaining workers to invest in productive activities. This contradicts existing theory that unequal compensation should be less motivating and the remaining workers less productive.

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The Role of the Internet in Shaping the Political Process in Egypt

Nahed Amin Azab (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)

There has been a growing debate about the extent to which the Internet influenced the Arab World’s recent revolutions described as the “Arab Spring”. This belief that the Internet had a contribution is supported by several events and evidences that occurred prior to these revolutions and provided clear indications about the Internet’s power. This paper investigates the effect of the Internet on shaping politics in Egypt. Research was conducted a few months before the revolution (January 25, 2011) covering the relevant literature, and the news and events that took place. A questionnaire was sent to a sample representing different segments of Internet users in Egypt to recognize their perceptions towards the value of the Internet in politics. Findings indicate a high interest among Egyptians in accessing news online, especially international and privately owned media. In addition, survey participants recognize the Internet’s potential for committing political change. Survey results show that the Internet is perceived in Egypt as a strong tool that political candidates could use to communicate with citizens; however, it is still used primarily for mobilization and information dissemination. Moreover, it was proven that age, gender, education and reading frequency of online news all have varying effects on civic engagement and perception of the role the Internet can play in politics in Egypt.

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A Taxonomy of Censors and Anti-Censors: Part I-Impacts of Internet Censorship

Christopher S. Leberknight (Princeton University, USA) 
Mung Chiang (Princeton University, USA)
Felix Ming Fai Wong (Princeton University, USA)

The tug-of-war on the Internet between censor and anti-censor technologies is intensifying. With an aim to raise awareness on Internet censorship and its circumvention, this paper and its companion Part II present a conceptual study of Internet censorship and anti-censorship. This first paper focuses on Internet censorship. It outlines an historical account of censorship through the lens of news coverage in the past decade, and presents a taxonomy of the principles, techniques, and technologies of Internet censorship. The interplay between social, political, and technological factors is presented to highlight the challenges in anti-censorship. Part II of the paper focuses on anti-censorship.

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Political Discourse in the Media: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Anastasia Deligiaouri (Higher Technological Educational Institution (ATEI) of Western Macedonia, Greece)

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Interview with Movie Producer and Director Andrée Rossi Maroso on the Use of the Internet to Support Her Artistic and Political Work

Celia Romm Livermore (Wayne State University, USA)

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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) in your institution's library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated "InfoSci-Journals" database: http://www.igi-global.com/EResources/InfoSciJournals.aspx. *****************************************************


Mission of IJEP:

The mission of the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) is to define and expand the boundaries of e-politics as an emerging area of inter-disciplinary research and practice by assisting in the development of e-politics theories and empirical models. The journal creates a venue for empirical, theoretical, and practical scholarly work on e-politics to be published, leading to sharing of ideas between practitioners and academics in this field. IJEP contributes to the creation of a community of e-politics researchers by serving as a “hub” for related activities, such as organizing seminars and conferences on e-politics and publication of books on e-politics.

Coverage of IJEP:

The International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) focuses on three major topic areas: the politics of information technology function and its role within organizations, the politics of virtual communities and social networking communities, and the role that electronic media plays in community activism and party politics at the local, national, and international levels. Within these major areas, specific topics of interest to be discussed in the journal include (but are not limited to) the following:

•	E-voting and electronically enabled e-government
•	Impact of globalization on the political role played by the IT unit within organizations
•	Impact of race and gender on electronically enabled political manipulations
•	Party politics and social activism
•	Politics of diffusion of change within organizations
•	Politics of social networking communities, including: learning communities, customers' communities, e-dating communities, gaming communities, support group communities, etc.
•	Politics of the IT function and role in organizations
•	Politics of virtual communities and social networking communities
•	Politics of geographically based virtual communities
•	Use of electronic media for surveillance manipulation and harassment
•	Use of electronic media in industrial and labor relations
•	Utilization of electronic media for governance and politicking at the municipal, state, national, and international levels
•	Utilization of electronic media for political debate, information sharing, political decision making, and fundraising 

Interested authors should consult the journal's manuscript submission guidelines www.igi-global.com/ijep.

All inquiries and submissions should be sent to:
Editor-in-Chief: Celia Romm Livermore at ak1667 at wayne.edu

Celia Romm Livermore (PhD) 
International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) 
School of Business Administration 
Wayne State University 
Detroit, MI, 48202, USA 
E-mail address: ak1667 at wayne.edu 

President Elect 
Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) 

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