Debating poverty porn on twitter: social media as a place for everyday socio-political talk

Brooker, P., Vines, J., Sutton, S. , Barnett, J., Feltwell, T. and Lawson, S. (2015) Debating poverty porn on twitter: social media as a place for everyday socio-political talk. In: Conference of 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2015, 18 - 23 April 2015, Seoul; South Korea.

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This paper presents an empirical investigation of how people appropriated Twitter for socio-political talk in response to a television (TV) portrayal of people supported by state welfare and benefits. Our findings reveal how online discussion during, and in-between, TV broadcasts was characterised by distinctly different qualities, topics and user behaviours. These findings offer design opportunities for social media services to (i) support more balanced real-time commentaries of politically-charged media, (ii) actively promote discussion to continue after, and between, programming; and (iii) incorporate different motivations and attitudes towards socio-political concerns, as well as different practices of communicating those concerns. We contribute to the developing HCI literature on how social media intersects with political and civic engagement and specifically highlight the ways in which Twitter interacts with other forms of media as a site of everyday socio-political talk and debate. © Copyright 2015 ACM.

Additional Information:Conference Code:116824
Keywords:Behavioral research, Human computer interaction, Human engineering, Social sciences, Television, Television broadcasting, Civic engagement, Empirical investigation, Live-tweeting, Online discussions, Politics, Social media, Social media services, Welfare, Social networking (online)
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:18 Mar 2016 18:26

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