Exploring the interaction between the fourth estate and Twitter: a case study

Barn, Balbir and Barn, Ravinder and Raimondi, Franco and Mukherjee, Utsa (2017) Exploring the interaction between the fourth estate and Twitter: a case study. In: HUSO 2017: Third International Conference on Human and Social Analytics, 23-27 July 2017, Nice, France. (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

The pervasiveness of social media has resulted in increased public involvement in key discussions about social issues, as well as creating greater affordances for individual expression and collective mobilisation. In December 2012, the rape and murder of a 23-year-old Indian student in New Delhi, India, was followed by widespread condemnation and public action organised and coordinated through social media (Barn 2013). In March 2015, a controversial BBC documentary, “India’s Daughter”, about the incident was broadcast despite restrictions imposed by the Indian Government. This paper explores the interplay between mainstream media (the so-called Fourth Estate) and Twitter through a case study analysis using computational techniques to analyse 250000 tweets collated following the broadcast of the documentary. In particular, we apply the theory of postcolonialism to understand the dynamics of this interaction. Issues around implications for conducting inter-disciplinary social media research are also discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 21887
Notes on copyright: Copyright © 2017 IARIA. Published by IARIA XPS Press
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Depositing User: Balbir Barn
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 15:18
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2017 13:23
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21887

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