Country report by Aslı Tunç

6kjquvrpSouth East European Media Observatory Turkey Country report, titled “Media Ownership and Finances in Turkey: Increasing Concentration and Clientelism”  is authored by Aslı Tunç, Ph.D. (BİLGİ Department of Media). The report examines financial relations between the government and the media institutions in Turkey. More information on the project can be obtained here.

Book chapter by Asli Tunc

EMR_2281Asli Tunc, Ph.D. (BİLGİ Media School) authored the chapter “Twitter vs. Penguens on TV: #GeziParkProtests, Social Media Use, and the Generation Y in Turkey” for the book, The Eastern Mediterranean in Transition Multipolarity, Politics and PowerThe book is published by Ashgate, listed within A-publishers (a few top-notch international publishers) of Sense Ranking of Academic Publishers.

Book chapter by Aslı Tunç

6kJquvRPAslı Tunç, Ph.D. (BİLGİ Media School) authored the chapter “In Quest for Democracy: Internet Freedom and Politics in Contemporary Turkey” for the newly published book, Digital Transformations in Turkey: Current Perspectives in Communication Studies, edited by Banu Akdenizli:

“As the world has become more interconnected we are increasingly aware of the global interdependence of people and cultures. Many draw attention to how human communication and interaction is not only facilitated by the Internet but also how it increases the range and the number of ways in which we are able to connect and interact with others. These changing, shifting cultural, economic and technological realities have led many to question the power of the nation-state and how it is being restructured. Information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet have and are transforming and even in some cases destabilizing governance and power. It is of common understanding by now that ICTs play a vital role in the social, political and economic development of every country. As they have become everyday technologies continuously embedded, and routinized in societies where they are mostly used (Lievrouw & Livingstone, 2010), ICTS are also transforming social contexts, communication activities, practices, social arrangements and organizations.

This book’s aim is analyze the genesis, dynamics, and functioning of different communication contexts in relations to digital transformations as they are experienced in Turkey. This volume intends to provide an intellectual, multi-faceted, and balanced discussion and presentation of the role and impact of modern communication technologies within different communication contexts. The expected outcome of this publication is not only to offer a general understanding of how different communication fields are being transformed but also outline and demonstrate the particular case of Turkey, a country with an appetite for development and growth albeit its questionable and notorious track record of freedom of expression and violations in the media.”

More information about the book and contributors can be found here.

Prof. Aslı Tunç presented at the Conference “Turkish TV Series ‘Diziler’: Production, Representations, and Reception in the Mediterranean in Paris, FRANCE

Affiche_Series_turques_FR_1Prof. Aslı Tunç presented a paper, titled, “The Turkish Version of the American Dream: The Representation of Social Mobility and Class in Medcezir (Tide)” on October 18, 2014.

sunum1In the Turkish drama, Medcezir (Tide), Yaman, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks finds himself in a wealthy suburb of Istanbul. Medcezir as the loose adaptation of the American series, The OC, revolves around the issues of social mobility and class. Yaman with his personal struggle against his delinquent past is instantly perceived as a threat to an extravagant life style and consumption. Social mobility in Medcezir is portrayed as merely leaving one class station for another, more desirable place in life. In this context, the way in which Medcezir presents the winners and losers in the class hierarchy, has been worth investigating under the light of American Dream.

IMG_6061In this paper German sociologist Ulrich Beck’s analysis of contemporary society where social problems formerly attributed to class inequality are now “transformed into … personal failure” and “are perceived as social only indirectly and to a limited extent” has been used. In this presentation, also Bourdieu’s The Weight of the World: Social Suffering in Contemporary Society has been used to analyze Medcezir from the aspect of the term, ‘symbolic capital’ where it refers to one’s social status and reputation. Symbolic capital plays a role in facilitating or hindering one’s access to social spaces since it functions “to keep undesirable persons and things at a distance” both physically and symbolically. Since social mobility is also spatial mobility, the way setting is used in the serial has also been analyzed.

A new article by Asli Tunc | Freedom of expression debates in Turkey: Acute problems and new hopes

1ba692ad535add87236854f61e736956A new article by Asli Tunc, Ph.D. is published by the International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics: “This article critically evaluates the increasing restrictions on freedom of press in Turkey by giving examples and discussing cases in the last decade. The ownership structure of the media, legal constraints on journalists, self-censorship, media owners’ close links with the political establishment and erosion of editorial independence are the chronic diseases of the media sector. The panacea might be social media as an unfettered source of news with the vacuum in mainstream media coverage of civil antigovernment movements such as Gezi Park protests“.

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Pİ Özel Sayısı: Yeni Medya ve Değişen Gazetecilik

Pazarlama ve İletişim Kültürü Dergisi ‘nin Sonbahar 2012 sayısının konuk editörü BİLGİ Medya Bölümü Başkanı Prof. Dr. Aslı Tunç oldu.

“Yeni Medya ve Değişen Gazetecilik” özel sayısı için, BilgiPR Öğretim Üyesi Yrd.Doç.Dr. Erkan Saka, “Yeni Medya ve Değişen Gazetecilik: Bir Uzmanlık Alanı Olarak Gazeteciliğin Dönüşümü” adlı makalesini kaleme aldı.

BİLGİ Medya Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi Yrd.Doç.Dr. Itır Erhart‘ın “Bir Girişimci Gazetecilik Projesi: MADE” adlı makalesini, yine Pİ’nin Sonbahar 2012 sayısında okuyabilirsiniz.

Mapping Digital Media

The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project includes data on how these changes affect news about political, economic, and social affairs.  Visit the Open Society Foundations’ website to see the full version of each country’s report.

CIMA worked with the Open Society Foundations to identify the most important digital media indicators in the series of reports. The mapping tool allows for the visualization of these indicators from each report and enables the comparison of digital media penetration in various countries. Please note that some data from the reports has been recalculated to ensure that comparable data is presented in the map.