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Ruepert Jiel Dionisio Cao is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Communication and Film at Hong Kong Baptist University. Cao is a recipient of the competitive Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme in 2018. His current research investigates gay sexual and pornographic cultures in social media in Asia. Primarily a media ethnographic work, his research engages film, media, visual arts, and sociological theories on pornography, digital media, and gay masculinities.
(please see https://scholars.hkbu.edu.hk/ws/portalfiles/portal/61522145/G22THFL-034168T.pdf)
This article summarizes the events at Narrating New Normal: Graduate Student Symposium, held virtually on May 17–18, 2021. The symposium was organized by a number of graduate students from the School of Communication and Film (previously named the School of Communication) and was supported by Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Image...
This article examines the notion of seriality in the context of the Filipino alter community, a network of Twitter users producing, distributing, and consuming pornographic images. The alter community is prominent among Filipino gay men who satisfy their need for sexual arousal, collective identity, and validation of their sexuality in the alter co...
(Please see: https://www.synoptique.ca/issue-9-2)
This research tackles the alter community or a collective of Filipino Twitter users producing and circulating amateur porn in the form of videos or text. This article analyzes the ways in which Twitter’s features and user practices enable and constrain the production and circulation of porn, as well as its implication in understanding gay masculini...
This article examines how privacy is understood, lived, and negotiated by youth users of information and communication technology (ICT) in slum communities in the Philippines. In the context of shared and public access arrangements prevalent in many low-income communities in the Global South, the article discusses the intersections of space, techno...