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Twitter feeders: an analysis of dominant 'voices' in a local government mosque controversy

Waller, Lisa, Hess, Kristy and Demetrious, Kristin 2016, Twitter feeders: an analysis of dominant 'voices' in a local government mosque controversy, Australian journalism review, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 47-60.

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Title Twitter feeders: an analysis of dominant 'voices' in a local government mosque controversy
Author(s) Waller, LisaORCID iD for Waller, Lisa
Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy
Demetrious, Kristin
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 47
End page 60
Total pages 14
Publisher Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
Place of publication Adelaide, Sth. Aust.
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 0810-2686
Summary Intense mainstream news coverage, graphic media spectacle and national political attention dominated public discussion about a local planning proposal to build a $3 million mosque complex in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo in 2014-2016. This article focuses on a study of Twitter and its relationship to the public issue. It employs a ‘geo-social’ framework to examine how the mosque controversy entered wider information flows and engaged political power beyond the local. It provides contextually specific evidence of mainstream media and elite level actors dominating Twitter during deliberations over a local government planning issue. The analysis reveals how Twitter use in this case was shaped around legacy media logics, such as ‘old’ news values and traditional power structures, rather than generating wide participatory public discussion and engagement on the issue.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
1903 Journalism And Professional Writing
2001 Communication And Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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