A bad workman blames his tweets : the consequences of citizens' uncivil Twitter use when interacting with party candidates


Theocharis, Yannis ; Barberá, Pablo ; Fazekas, Zoltán ; Popa, Sebastian Adrian ; Parnet, Olivier



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcom.12259
URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310496540...
Additional URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcom.12...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Communication
Volume: 66
Issue number: 6
Page range: 1007 - 1031
Place of publication: Oxford ; Hoboken NJ
Publishing house: Blackwell ; Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0021-9916 , 1460-2466
Related URLs: http://pablobarbera.com/static/Theocharis_Barbera_Fazekas_Popa_APSA2015.pdf
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Existing studies focusing on politicians' adoption of Twitter have found that they use it primarily as a broadcasting tool. We argue that citizens' impolite and/or uncivil behavior is one possible explanation for such decisions. Social media conversations are rife with harassment and politicians are a prime target. This alters the incentive structure of engaging in dialogue on social media. We use Spanish, Greek, German, and U.K. candidates' tweets sent during the run-up to the recent European Parliament elections, and rely on automated text analysis and machine learning methods to measure their level of civility. Our contribution is an actor-oriented theory of political dialogue that incorporates Twitter's specific affordances, clarifying how and why Twitter's democratic promise may be limited.

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Theocharis, Yannis ; Barberá, Pablo ; Fazekas, Zoltán ; Popa, Sebastian Adrian ; Parnet, Olivier (2016) A bad workman blames his tweets : the consequences of citizens' uncivil Twitter use when interacting with party candidates. Journal of Communication Oxford ; Hoboken NJ 66 6 1007 - 1031 [Article]


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