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The evolution and diversification of Twitter as a cultural artefact in the British press 2007 – 2014.

Hine, Christine (2020) The evolution and diversification of Twitter as a cultural artefact in the British press 2007 – 2014. Journalism Studies, 21 (5). pp. 678-696.

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Abstract

There are enduring inequalities in usage of social media, relating both to the demographic patterning of users and to differences in the kinds of use people make of these platforms. This paper presents a content analysis of representations of Twitter in three British newspapers from 2007 to 2014 aimed at exploring the potential contribution that differing journalistic practices make to sustaining the inequalities in uptake and use of social media platforms. The newspapers were selected for the contrasting composition of their readership, allowing for comparison of the portrayals of Twitter to distinct socio-demographic groups. The portrayal of Twitter was found to differ between the three newspapers analysed, with the readers of the tabloid and mid-range newspaper being presented a depiction of Twitter as a site for elite and celebrity voices and for fandom rather than a site for their own active participation or political content creation, to a greater extent than the readers of the quality paper. These results suggest that the journalistic practices distinctive to these diverse newspapers may have significant implications for the extent to which their readership are encouraged to see themselves as able to have a voice on social media: the tabloid style risks depoliticising Twitter.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Hine, ChristineC.Hine@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 30 January 2020
DOI : 10.1080/1461670X.2020.1719369
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 The Author(s). Published by InformaUK Limited, trading as Taylor & FrancisGroup
Uncontrolled Keywords : Twitter, cultural artefact, content analysis, social class, newspaper, UK
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 24 Jan 2020 14:34
Last Modified : 09 Apr 2020 11:14
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853399

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