Vol. 6 No. 1 (2023): Media and Social Communication
Continuing the discussion undertaken during the 6th Congress of the Polish Communication Association (13th Central And Eastern European Communication and Media Conference, CEECOM) and the 5th annual conference “KNOWLEDGE – COMMUNICATION – ACTION” (Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University), we decided that the first issue of "Com.press" this year should focus on phenomena at the crossroads of algorithmization, platformization, datafication, and artificial intelligence.
In the last 70 years, the research on artificial intelligence and communication followed separate trajectories (Eom, Kim, 2022). However, with the growing number of personalized media platforms, it seems important to notice that algorithms have permanently entered our social life. Although most research suggests that users are largely unaware of how algorithms work (Eslami et al., 2015; Powers, 2017; Schwartz and Mahnke, 2021), David Beer (2009) points out that modern technologies are increasingly filtering, organizing, and ultimately constituting users’ daily experiences. Therefore, it is important to further reflect on how dataification, algorithmization, and artificial intelligence function in the information society.
The current issue of “Com.press” is meant to present a wide range of research and practical views on the relationships between media and the abovementioned phenomena as well as their implications. The issue encourages media and communication scholars to engage in critical analysis of this topic. The huge amount of existing data has created an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on how dataification, algorithmization, and artificial intelligence revolutionized the communication and media studies and brought significant implications for the whole society.