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ThinkMind // HUSO 2017, The Third International Conference on Human and Social Analytics // View article huso_2017_1_30_80041


Examining the Interaction Between Fourth Estate and Twitter: An Exploratory Case Study

Authors:
Balbir Barn
Ravinder Barn
Franco Raimondi
Utsa Mukherjee

Keywords: Postcolonialism; India’s Daughter; Fourth Estate; Social Network Analysis; Social Media; Twitter

Abstract:
The pervasiveness of social media has resulted in increased public involvement in key discussions about social issues, as well as creating greater affordances for individual expression and collective mobilisation. In December 2012, the rape and murder of a 23-year-old Indian student in New Delhi, India, was followed by widespread condemnation and public action organised and coordinated through social media (Barn 2013). In March 2015, a controversial BBC documentary, “India’s Daughter”, about the incident was broadcast despite restrictions imposed by the Indian Government. This paper explores the interplay between mainstream media (the so-called Fourth Estate) and Twitter through a case study analysis using computational techniques to analyse 250000 tweets collated following the broad- cast of the documentary. In particular, we apply the theory of postcolonialism to understand the dynamics of this interaction. Issues around implications for conducting inter-disciplinary social media research are also discussed.

Pages: 11 to 17

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2017

Publication date: July 23, 2017

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2519-8351

ISBN: 978-1-61208-578-4

Location: Nice, France

Dates: from July 23, 2017 to July 27, 2017

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