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International Journal of Communication



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In the 1980s and 1990s, the question “Is there a global culture?” fueled heated debates as intellectual opponents debated the social, political, economic, and cultural consequences of globalization. Guest-edited by Marwan M. Kraidy, this Special Section of the International Journal of Communication by global communication scholars revisits the discussion on global culture in light of the digital revolution. Originally presented at CARGC’s second Biennial Symposium in April 2016, these articles do not pretend to provide a comprehensive answer to the existence or lack thereof of a global digital culture. Rather, they consider this question as an intellectual provocation to revisit how the universal relates to the particular, the global to the local, the digital to the material. Questions guiding these articles include: How do networks transmute individual autonomy and the sovereignty of the body? How is digital culture fomenting disjuncture across the globe in dissident, marginal, or rogue formations? How is the digital affecting the ways people work and play, how they experience and judge beauty, and how they protest? Most fundamentally, does digitization herald a new chapter in how we understand ourselves?

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Copyright © 2017 (Marwan M. Kraidy). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at


This is the introduction to Convergence and Disjuncture in Global Digital Culture, a special issue of IJOC edited by Marwan Kraidy.


global culture, digital media, politics, aesthetics, violence, digital labor, platforms, global media studies

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Date Posted: 09 July 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.