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Title: Discursive Equality and Everyday Talk Online: the impact of "superparticipants"
Authors: Wright, Scott Graham
Graham, Todd
First Published: 20-May-2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 2013, in press
Abstract: Empirical studies of online debate almost universally observe a “dominant” minority of posters. Informed by theories of deliberative democracy, these are typically framed negatively – yet research into their impact on debate is scant. To address this, a typology of what we call super-participation (super-posters, agenda-setters and facilitators) is developed and applied to the forum. Focusing on the first of these, we found 2052 super-posters (0.4%) contributing 47% of 25m+ posts. While super-posters were quantitatively dominant, qualitative content analysis of the discursive practices of 25 superposters (n=40,044) found that most did not attempt to stop other users from posting (curbing) or attack them (flaming). In fact, in contradiction to the received wisdom, super-posters discursively performed a range of positive roles.
DOI Link: 10.1111/jcc4.12016
eISSN: 1083-6101
Version: Pre-print
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013 International Communication Association. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the article which has been accepted for publication in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Media and Communication

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