POLKOM-mandag: A Bad Workman Blames his Tweets
POLKOM inviterer til lunsjmøte med Zoltan Fazekas ved Institutt for statsvitenskap førstkommende mandag 17. oktober.
Tittel: A Bad Workman Blames his Tweets: The Consequences of Citizens’ Uncivil Twitter Use when Interacting with Party Candidates
Existing studies focusing on politicians’ adoption of Twitter have found that they use it primarily as a broadcasting tool. We argue that citizens’ impolite and/or uncivil behavior is one possible explanation for such decisions. Social media conversations are rife with harassment and politicians are a prime target. This alters the incentive structure of engaging in dialogue on social media.
We use Spanish, Greek, German and UK candidates’ tweets sent during the run-up to the recent European Parliament elections, and rely on automated text analysis and machine learning methods to measure their level of civility. Our contribution is an actor-oriented theory of political dialogue that incorporates Twitter’s specific affordances, clarifying how and why Twitter’s democratic promise may be limited.
Mandag 17. oktober klokken 12.00 på rom 418 på Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon.
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