The conversation on political issues on Twitter: an analysis of the participation and frames in the debate on the 'Wert law' and evictions in Spain

The conversation on political issues on Twitter: an analysis of the participation and frames in the debate on the 'Wert law' and evictions in Spain
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The conversation on political issues on Twitter: an analysis of the participation and frames in the debate on the 'Wert law' and evictions in Spain

The aim of this study is to determine which social agents are involved in the political debate on Twitter and whether the interpretive hegemony of actors that have traditionally been the most prominent is tempered by the challenge of framing shared with audiences. The relationship between the interp...

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Translated title: La conversación sobre temas políticos en Twitter: un análisis de la participación y los encuadres interpretativos en el debate sobre la 'Ley Wert' y los desahucios en España
Journal Title: OBETS. Revista de Ciencias Sociales
Main Author: Pedro Luis Pérez Díaz
Other Authors: Celia Berná Sicilia;
Enrique Arroyas Langa
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Language: English
Get full text: http://revistaobets.ua.es/article/view/2016-v11-n1-the-conversation-on-political-issues-on-twitter-an-analysis-of-the-participation-and-frames-in-the-debate-on-the-wert-law-and-evictions-in-spain
Resource type: Journal article
Source: OBETS. Revista de Ciencias Sociales; Vol 11, No 1 (Year 2016).
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14198/OBETS2016.11.1.12
Publisher: Universitat d´Alacant - Universidad de Alicante
Usage rights: Reconocimiento (by)
Subjects: Social Sciences --> Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Abstract: The aim of this study is to determine which social agents are involved in the political debate on Twitter and whether the interpretive hegemony of actors that have traditionally been the most prominent is tempered by the challenge of framing shared with audiences. The relationship between the interpretations expressed and the profiles of participants is analyzed in comparison with the frames used by mainstream media. The chosen methodology combines content analysis and discourse analysis techniques on a sample of 1,504 relevant tweets posted on two political issues –the approval of the education law LOMCE and the evictions caused by the crisis, which have also been studied in the front pages of four leading newspapers in Spain. The results show a correlation between political issue singularities, frames and the type of discussion depending on the participants.
Translated abstract: El objetivo de este estudio es conocer qué agentes sociales participan en el debate político en Twitter y si la hegemonía interpretativa de los actores que tradicionalmente han sido más prominentes se ve atenuada por el desafío de un framing compartido con las audiencias. Se analiza la relación entre las interpretaciones y los perfiles de los participantes en comparación con los frames de los medios tradicionales. La metodología combina técnicas de análisis de contenido y de análisis del discurso sobre una muestra de 1.504 tuits publicados a propósito de dos temas políticos –la aprobación de la LOMCE y los desahucios causados por la crisis–, que también han sido objeto de estudio en las portadas de cuatro periódicos generalistas. Los resultados muestran una correlación entre las singularidades temáticas, los frames y el tipo de debate según los participantes.