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Title: Twitter and Public Reasoning Around Social Contention: The Case of #15ott in Italy
Authors: Vicari, Stefania
First Published: Feb-2012
Presented at: From Social to Political: New Forms of Mobilization and Democratization, 9-10 February 2012, Bizkaia Aretoa, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain.
Start Date: 9-Feb-2012
End Date: 10-Feb-2012
Publisher: Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del Pais Vasco
Citation: From Social to Political: New Forms of Mobilization and Democratization, Conference Proceedings, / ed. Tejerina, Benjamin and Perugorria, Ignacia, pp. 277-292.
Abstract: This paper addresses the use of Twitter for public reasoning and opinion making around issues related to social contention. It specifically focuses on the Italian chapter of the 15 October 2011 polycentric protest for Global Change. By exploring Twitter streams, the study follows four specific lines of investigation: the positioning of the Italian #15ott hashtagged Twitter stream among other Twitter streams relevant to the protest, conversational dynamics over time, networking and news media dynamics, and processes of meaning construction. The findings show that Twitter usage related to social contention is not only functional to generate alternative information flows with organizational and logistic purposes. It also bolsters processes of public reasoning and opinion making activated not only by collective advocacy actors and media channels but also by individuals not necessarily involved in offline protest action.
ISBN: 978-84-9860-595-2
Version: Publisher Version
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © 2012 the Author.
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers & Presentations, Dept. of Media and Communication

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