Last updated on: 5/3/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Halil Ibrahim Gurcan, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at Anadolu University (Turkey)
Position:
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“Social network sites help fulfill communication needs and wants. It is a convenient  method of communication  and provides the ability to stay connected with friends and family, but on the users own rate and time.  Users can manage their  interactions within their own schedule  by choosing when they want to read and respond… [I]t is efficient because it is a one-to-many method of communication which allows users to quickly spread information…

Social media provides students a new mechanism for a familiar  exercise: that of personal expression.”

“Contribution of Social Media to the Students’ Academic Development,” International Journal of Information and Education Technology, Dec. 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to social media. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to social media.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Anadolu University (Turkey), Dec. 28, 2004-present
  • Head, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Anadolu University, Oct. 15, 2005-Oct. 15, 2011
  • Adviser to the President, Cankaya Municipality (Turkey), Mar. 15, 2005–Sep. 15, 2008
  • Editorial Director, Anadolu News, Anadolu University’s weekly newspaper, 1998-2007
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Anadolu University, Oct. 12, 1999-Dec. 28, 2004
  • Assistant Associate Professor, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Anadolu University, Sep. 20, 1996-Oct. 12, 1999
  • Former Research Assistant, Anadolu University
Education:
  • PhD, Communication Sciences, Anadolu University (Turkey), 1996
  • MPhil, Publishing Studies, University of Stirling (UK), 1992
  • Graduated, Graphic Reproduction, London College of Printing (UK), 1989
  • BA, Journalism, Anadolu University (Turkey), 1987
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @higurcan
  • Was born in Eskisehir, Turkey, on Apr. 15, 1965
  • Recipient, Milliyet Award, 1993
  • Masters thesis was titled: “Printing Technology and Newspapers: With a Case Study on Newspapers in Scotland”
  • Has published five books in Turkish and over 40 articles
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?