Are Newspapers’ Online Discussion Boards Democratic Tools or Conspiracy Theories’ Engines? A Case Study on an Eastern European “Media War”

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/601502
Title:
Are Newspapers’ Online Discussion Boards Democratic Tools or Conspiracy Theories’ Engines? A Case Study on an Eastern European “Media War”
Authors:
Slavtcheva-Petkova, Vera
Abstract:
This article analyzes quantitatively and qualitatively 1,583 comments by national newspapers’ online readers in Bulgaria. It investigates readers’ reactions to articles discussing the media war between the biggest press groups—one owned by a Member of Parliament known as “the Murdoch of the East.” The study explores how these stories influence the relationship between newspapers and their readers, and whether they enhance the democratic potential of online discussion. The results show a higher level of reader engagement than in established democracies or nondemocracies. The online space provides an arena for democratic conversations and it is also used as an engine for conspiracy theories.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Slavtcheva-Petkova, V. (2015). Are Newspapers’ Online Discussion Boards Democratic Tools or Conspiracy Theories’ Engines? A Case Study on an Eastern European “Media War”. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 1115-1134. DOI: 1077699015610880
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Publication Date:
23-Oct-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/601502
DOI:
10.1177/1077699015610880
Additional Links:
http://jmq.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/10/23/1077699015610880.abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
EISSN:
2161-430X
Appears in Collections:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSlavtcheva-Petkova, Veraen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T12:06:45Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T12:06:45Zen
dc.date.issued2015-10-23en
dc.identifier.citationSlavtcheva-Petkova, V. (2015). Are Newspapers’ Online Discussion Boards Democratic Tools or Conspiracy Theories’ Engines? A Case Study on an Eastern European “Media War”. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 93(4), 1115-1134. DOI: 1077699015610880en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1077699015610880en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/601502en
dc.description.abstractThis article analyzes quantitatively and qualitatively 1,583 comments by national newspapers’ online readers in Bulgaria. It investigates readers’ reactions to articles discussing the media war between the biggest press groups—one owned by a Member of Parliament known as “the Murdoch of the East.” The study explores how these stories influence the relationship between newspapers and their readers, and whether they enhance the democratic potential of online discussion. The results show a higher level of reader engagement than in established democracies or nondemocracies. The online space provides an arena for democratic conversations and it is also used as an engine for conspiracy theories.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://jmq.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/10/23/1077699015610880.abstracten
dc.subjectAgenda settingen
dc.subjectdeliberative democracyen
dc.subjectEastern Europeen
dc.subjectjournalismen
dc.subjectonline commentsen
dc.titleAre Newspapers’ Online Discussion Boards Democratic Tools or Conspiracy Theories’ Engines? A Case Study on an Eastern European “Media War”en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn2161-430Xen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournalism & Mass Communication Quarterlyen
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