Dedication: In memory of Dr. Wei-Jen “Wayne” Fu (1970–2012)


The contributors to this special issue and the editorial staff of JCMC wish to dedicate the issue to the memory of one of its authors. Dr. Wei-Jen (Wayne) Fu passed away suddenly on August 19, 2012, between the completion of his article and its publication.

Wayne Fu (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2000) was Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. At age 42 he was a rising star: Head of Division of Communication Research at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, his research appeared in leading academic journals. He was a revered teacher to his students, a joy to his colleagues, a devoted husband, and a loving father to his son and to his baby girl who was born between revisions of his article. He is remembered by those who knew him as an easy-going and sincere friend.

He was also an editor's pleasure: Respectful and receptive to suggestions, expedient and gracious with revisions, and a model of unwavering commitment to the improvement of scholarship.

Joseph B. Walther, Special Issue Editor

Maria Bakardjieva, Editor in Chief