How information around acute events comes into being on social media?

Zeng, Jing (2015) How information around acute events comes into being on social media? EJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government, 7(1), pp. 72-98.

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In this digital age, as social media is emerging as a central site where information is shared and interpreted, it is essential to study information construction issues on social media sites in order to understand how social reality is constructed. While there is a number of studies taking an information-as-objective point of view, this proposed study emphasizes the constructed and interpretive nature of information and explores the processes through which information surrounding acute events comes into being on micro-blogs. In order to conduct this analysis systematically and theoretically, the concept of interpretive communities will be deployed. This research investigates if or not micro-blog based social groups can serve as interpretive communities, and, if so, what role might they play in the construction of information, and the social impacts that may arise. To understand how this process is entangled with the surrounding social, political, technical contexts, cases from both China (focusing on Sina Weibo) and Australia (focusing on Twitter) will be analysed.

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ID Code: 90267
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: microblogs, acute events, interpretive community, social media
ISSN: 2075-9517
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Austria (CC BY 3.0) License.
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2015 23:53
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2015 21:06

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