Communication & Digital Culture

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The Communication and Digital Culture Area hosts presentations and panels that explore human communication in an increasingly digital landscape. This area hosts a wide spectrum of presentations that interrogate how rhetorics and communication practices obtain, evolve, and emerge in relationship to contemporary exigencies, such as developments in social media, digitized workplaces, electronic consumerism, entertainment, etc. The Communication and Digital Culture Area is an inclusive, transdisciplinary group that has regularly featured scholars from the arts, new media, technology, communication, and rhetorical studies.

“You Are Here: The State of Digital Culture”

In 1995, new media evangelist Kevin Kelly placed a bet with neo-Luddite author Kirkpatrick Sale on whether technology would destroy civilization by the year 2020.  This bet represents the tension between the promise and the pitfalls of living in a highly technologized culture.

While the appointed judge declared Kelly the winner of the bet, he added “it’s a squeaker and not much cause for celebration.” (See Jan 5, 2021 issue of WIRED for the story


Where do we stand in 2022? What is the State of Digital Culture?

The Communication and Digital Culture Area of Popular Culture Association is seeking submissions for presentations dealing with “The State of Digital Culture” for the 2022 National PCAACA Conference. Submissions should thoughtfully address contemporary issues in Digital Culture and related accomplishments, trends, failures, promises, dangers, histories, and (projected) futures.


Topics for presentations and panels might include:

  • Commercial (e.g., shopping, streaming, small business.)
  • Social (e.g., race, religion, education, online communities.)
  • Communication (e.g. news, governmental communication, disinformation.)
  • Political (e.g., campaigns, voting, misinformation.)
  • Personal (e.g., physical and mental health, enrichment, lifestyle.)

Submissions: Submit a 250-word proposal via the PCA interface.

For additional information, contact the Communication and Digital Culture Area Chair:

Randy D. Nichols, PhD
Limestone University
Gaffney, SC 29340




2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

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Grants and Awards (coming soon)

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Conference Code of Conduct



Area chairs

Randy D Nichols