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Social Media and Everyday Politics
- Tim Highfield
- 25 April 2016
From selfies and memes to hashtags and parodies, social media are used for mundane and personal expressions of political commentary, engagement, and participation. The coverage of politics reflects…
Instagrammatics and digital methods: studying visual social media, from selfies and GIFs to memes and emoji
ABSTRACT Visual content is a critical component of everyday social media, on platforms explicitly framed around the visual (Instagram and Vine), on those offering a mix of text and images in myriad…
The Arab Spring and Social Media Audiences
Although popular media narratives about the role of social media in driving the events of the 2011 “Arab Spring” are likely to overstate the impact of Facebook and Twitter on these uprisings, it is…
POLITICAL NETWORKS ON TWITTER
This paper examines patterns of political activity and campaigning on Twitter in the context of the 2012 election in the Australian state of Queensland. Social media have been a visible component of…
A methodology for mapping Instagram hashtags
A methodology for studying Instagram activity is proposed, building on established methods for Twitter research by initially examining hashtags, as common structural features to both platforms.
Is Habermas on Twitter? : Social Media and the Public Sphere
Jurgen Habermas’s concept of the public sphere remains a major building block for our understanding of public communication and deliberation. Yet ‘the’ public sphere is a construct of its time, and…
More than a backchannel : Twitter and television
In this article, four aspects – dimensions – of the way that the ‘old’ medium of television intersects and, in some cases, interacts, with the “new” medium of Twitter are outlined.
TWITTER AS A TECHNOLOGY FOR AUDIENCING AND FANDOM
This article examines the use of Twitter as a technology for the expression of shared fandom in the context of a major, internationally televised annual media event: the Eurovision Song Contest.
Visualising the ends of identity: pre-birth and post-death on Instagram
ABSTRACT This paper examines two ‘ends’ of identity online – birth and death – through the analytical lens of specific hashtags on the Instagram platform. These ends are examined in tandem in an…
The Arab Spring and its social media audiences : English and Arabic Twitter users and their networks
Examining @reply and retweet traffic, general patterns of information flow between the English- and Arabic-speaking sides of the Twittersphere are identified, and the roles played by users bridging both language spheres are highlighted.