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

Barberá, Pablo, Theocharis, Yannis, Fazekas, Zoltán, Popa, Sebastian Adrian and Parnet, Olivier (2016) A bad workman blames his tweets: the consequences of citizens' uncivil Twitter use when interacting with party candidates. Journal of Communication, 66 (6). pp. 1007-1031. ISSN 0021-9916

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jcom.12259

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14602466
Additional Information: © 2016 International Communication Association
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 11:38
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 11:51
Funders: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87407

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