Weaving the internet together: Imagined communities in newspaper comment threads

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/601299
Title:
Weaving the internet together: Imagined communities in newspaper comment threads
Authors:
Coles, Bryn A.; West, Melanie
Abstract:
Online newspapers (and other spaces) are increasingly seeking to utilise user-generated content alongside professionally developed material. However, this might leave websites increasingly vulnerable to trolls, who work to disrupt online communications in online spaces. Such behaviour can have serious consequences both in peoples online and offline lives, and for the development of coherent online communities. One means of controlling is through the manipulation of the online space to create social norms of polite behaviour through the founding of ‘imagined communities’ online. Approaching the issue from a discursive psychological perspective, this paper draws upon comments published in two online British newspaper comment sections responding to the publication of an academic article on trolling. Imagined communities are shown to arise irrespective of the presence of the virtual infrastructure to support the development of these imagined communities. Key features of imagined communities identified here are: individuation (as opposed to deindividuation); mutual influence between posters; shared history for both the users and the online space; the use of humour to cement social bonds. Analysis also revealed tensions in posters understanding of online and offline behaviours. This research holds implications for understanding online spaces, and the interactions between users within these spaces.
Affiliation:
Newman University; University of Chester
Citation:
Coles, B. A., & West, M. (2016). Weaving the internet together: Imagined communities in newspaper comment threads. Computers in Human Behavior, 60, 44-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.049
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Computers in Human Behavior
Publication Date:
Jul-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/601299
DOI:
10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.049
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563216301017
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0747-5632
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorColes, Bryn A.en
dc.contributor.authorWest, Melanieen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-14T10:30:08Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-14T10:30:08Zen
dc.date.issued2016-07en
dc.identifier.citationColes, B. A., & West, M. (2016). Weaving the internet together: Imagined communities in newspaper comment threads. Computers in Human Behavior, 60, 44-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.049en
dc.identifier.issn0747-5632en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.049en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/601299en
dc.description.abstractOnline newspapers (and other spaces) are increasingly seeking to utilise user-generated content alongside professionally developed material. However, this might leave websites increasingly vulnerable to trolls, who work to disrupt online communications in online spaces. Such behaviour can have serious consequences both in peoples online and offline lives, and for the development of coherent online communities. One means of controlling is through the manipulation of the online space to create social norms of polite behaviour through the founding of ‘imagined communities’ online. Approaching the issue from a discursive psychological perspective, this paper draws upon comments published in two online British newspaper comment sections responding to the publication of an academic article on trolling. Imagined communities are shown to arise irrespective of the presence of the virtual infrastructure to support the development of these imagined communities. Key features of imagined communities identified here are: individuation (as opposed to deindividuation); mutual influence between posters; shared history for both the users and the online space; the use of humour to cement social bonds. Analysis also revealed tensions in posters understanding of online and offline behaviours. This research holds implications for understanding online spaces, and the interactions between users within these spaces.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563216301017en
dc.subjectTrollingen
dc.subjectDiscursive psychologyen
dc.subjectImagined communitiesen
dc.subjectDeindividuationen
dc.titleWeaving the internet together: Imagined communities in newspaper comment threadsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentNewman University; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalComputers in Human Behavioren
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