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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Komunikacija ir informacija / Communication and information (S008)
Author(s): Birbilaitė, Inesa
Title: (Dis-)respectful public discussions online : insights on audience polarization and formation of radical hate or support groups
Is part of: Media transformations. Kaunas : Vytautas Magnus university, 2013, Vol. 10
Extent: p. 40-55
Date: 2013
Keywords: Auditorijos poliarizacija;Nepakantumas elektroninėje erdvėje;Palaikymas elektroninėje erdvėje;Pagarbus tekstas;Svarstymai;Audience polarization;Hate groups online;Support groups online;Respectful discourse;Deliberation
Abstract: Debates related to the quality of online discussions are quickly engaging scholars from different fields, but still, there is no single answer if we can expect online discussions to be deliberative enough for the establishment and maintenance of a well-functioning public sphere online. In this paper, I presume that respect is an essential category determining overall quality of online public discussions. Therefore, I assess if discussions from a preselected Facebook page on climate change are respectful. I find that in comparison to similar face-to-face settings, members of preselected discussions are quite respectful to each other. On the other hand, foul language is often used to address outside actors or groups. In turn, I link these results to the phenomenon of audience polarization online and conclude that in my sample, discussions cannot be of good quality because they are dominated by similarly thinking members, which possibly leads to polarization and generation of support and/or hate groups
Affiliation(s): Politikos mokslų ir diplomatijos fakult.
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Media Transformations 2013, vol. 10
Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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