Articles from Volume 14, Issue 2 (40) / 2021

Key Words Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Comparing the Media and the Public Agenda



Based on recent ramifications of the traditional agenda-setting model, this paper aims at analyzing the convergence of the media and the public agenda in times of crisis. Specifically, drawing upon the network agenda-setting theory, this article explores the main key words associated with COVID-19—rel... Read More

Keywords: Network agenda-setting; Media agenda; Public agenda; COVID-19 pandemic

Sociodemographic Factors’ Influence on the Consumption and Assessment of COVID-19 Related Information–An International Web-Based Survey



Information flows can affect people’s apprehension of the pan-demic and related behaviors. The aim is to explore how people access and assess COVID-19 information and whether sociodemographic factors are associated with these processes. Quantitative data from 928 persons from 29 countries who par... Read More

Keywords: COVID-19; Information; Reliability; Social media; Sociode-mographic factors

Social Media for Crisis Communication in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: A Study of NCDC



Several scholars have studied social media use for crisis communication. However, few studies have been carried out to investigate social media deployment during a public health crisis, such as the Coronavirus outbreak. This study accessed public awareness and engagement of Nigeria Centre for Disease Contro... Read More

Keywords: Crisis-communication; Social-media; Coronavirus-outbreak; Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); Infodemics

The Visual Construction of the Romanian Militarized Masculinity on Romanian Army’s Facebook Pages



Because nowadays’ world is visually saturated, many social researchers are using visual methods to understand how images contribute to the shaping and perpetuation of social constructs, norms, and behaviors. Gender is such a construct, and the beliefs and principles that contributed to the social and ... Read More

Keywords: Gender; Militarized masculinity; Social construction; Visual construction; Facebook

Memes in Romania: A New Form of Political Participation

Ramona BURAGA, Anișoara PAVELEA


Political communication has been shaped by the technological and social changes our society has faced and social media has become the main platform of communication, allowing people to share their thoughts, images and therefore political ideas. With the political digitalization, the political meets the soci... Read More

Keywords: Memes; Digital culture; Political participation; Delegitimi-zation; Emerging adults

The Use of Social Networking Websites in Romanian Public Administration

Florin ZERU


Social media have proven to be a valuable new environment for communication, in such a measure that even public institutions have adopted them to engage with their various audiences. As of 2012, Romania is part of the international agreement named Partnership for an open government, whose key purposes inclu... Read More

Keywords: Social media; Facebook; Public sector; Public administra-tion; Engagement

Archetypal Aspects of Visual Intertextuality in Digital Advertising



The semiotic decodification of advertising signs through a collective unconscious in the digital era is a reflection of previous individual consumption of popular culture. As a result, advertising is an impure image that contains preexisting replicated visual symbols. This visual intertextuality will be at ... Read More

Keywords: Intertextuality; Archetype; Discourse; Brand; Popular cul-ture; Post-structuralism

European Capitals of Culture. Visual Standardization Through Generic Images



Cities representing European Capitals of Culture (ECCs) are chosen to promote the diversity and multiculturalism of a global city. But this multicultural and international character comes with the price of standardization, a concept enhanced by the EU through the idea of togetherness, and individuals belong... Read More

Keywords: European Capitals of Culture; Generic images; Multimodal-ity; Semiotics; Visual communication