Information, Ideation and Freedom of Expression

A Stream on “Information, Ideation and Freedom of Expression: How Social Media is Impacting the Marketplace”
as part of the 17th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media
13-16 May 2019, Athens, Greece
sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications

The Mass Media & Communication Unit of ATINER is organizing a Stream on “Information, Ideation and Freedom of Expression: How Social Media is Impacting the Marketplace”, 13-16 May 2019, Athens, Greece as part of the 17th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications.

The tentacles of social media are increasingly intruding upon all areas of life and communication. This panel seeks to present current scholarship that illustrates the way this technology is:

  • altering the structure of business, culture and government
  • facilitating the spread of ideas (for the benefit or detriment of humankind)
  • modifying traditional understandings of freedom of expression
  • increasing or decreasing justice in society
  • challenging or reshaping well-established theories of communication
  • having counterintuitive outcomes, such as resulting in information that is harder to get; more repression of thought; increased self-censorship (these are examples, there is no limit to subjects that may fit this area)           

Social media use and outcomes vary from region to region and nation to nation. This panel hopes to present a diversity of viewpoints that can illustrate the present use of, best practices in, or the unexpected consequences of the dissemination of social media.  

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an Ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form  by the 1 April 2019 to: Dr. Kristen Hark, Chair, Department of Strategic & Personal Communication and Graduate Director, School of Communication & Digital Content, Liberty University, USA or Dr. Chris Underation, Academic Member, ATINER & Associate Professor, School of Communication & Digital Content, Liberty University, USA. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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