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European Parliament Members’ Twitter Networks

Twitter informational ties of MEPs by country and political group

by Axel Maireder & Stephan Schlögl (University of Vienna)
in cooperation with the GfK Social Media Intelligence Center

Twitter has become an important channel for political communication in many European countries. Politicians, activists, lobbyists, experts and journalists use the micro-blogging service to exchange information and engage in conversations on current political affairs. In regard to the European elections to be held in May 2014, we can expect Twitter to be an integral part of the media mix for political discussion and campaigning.

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24 Hours of an #outcry:
The Networked Publics of a
Socio-Political Debate

This article explores the development of a social-political discussion on everyday sexism in Germany, labelled ‘#aufschrei’ (German for ‘outcry’), that started as a small Twitter conversation and evolved into a nationwide debate within 24 hours. After discussing the relationship of social actions, social networks, and interlinked digital objects in the construction of networked publics, the authors propose to understand #aufschrei as an ‘ad hoc’ public—a communication sphere evolving around a shared topic within the spaces of the networked public sphere. Applying both computational research approaches and traditional content analysis to a large set of Twitter data, the authors reconstruct the dynamics of the debate in relation to concepts of horizontal and vertical segments of the public sphere. The conclusion calls for a theoretical reevaluation of how those concepts can be applied to networked publics, and for an increased research effort to develop comprehensive methods for visualizing or objectifying networked publics. 

Pre-print Version of an article to be published in the European Journal of Communication (accepted 14 February 2014). Please cite the journal paper as soon as it is published. Authors: Axel Maireder and Stephan Schlögl
  Download PDF [UPDATE September 2014: It has now been published as forthcoming by EJC]

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Netzöffentlichkeit: „Themen werden schneller und breiter ausgehandelt“

Für die aktuellen Ausgabe von „Digitalkompakt“ der Landesanstalt für Medien Nordrhein-Westfalen (LfM) hab ich ein Interview zu Netzöffentlichkeit gegeben, das ich mit freundlicher Genehmigung der LfM hier wiedergeben möchte.

LfM: Soziale Netzwerke wie Facebook werden vor allem als Plattformen für private Zwecke genutzt. Inwieweit berühren sie überhaupt die Öffentlichkeit und die öffentliche Meinung?

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Austrian public broadcaster’s struggle for Social Media

The BBC’s School of Journalism Blog has published my commentary on the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ORF) legal fight to be able to use Facebook and Twitter, titled “Public broadcaster battles legal threat against using Twitter and Facebook”. My draft was a little bit shortened by the BBC editors to suit their blog’s audience. This is the original piece with more academic babble ;-) Continue Reading →

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Konversationen, Gemeinschaften, Öffentlichkeiten: Zur Struktur-analyse von Internetdiskursen

Am 5. Juli 2013 hatte ich die Freude bei der Mitgliederversammlung des GfK Vereins in Nürnberg einen Vortrag zu halten. Im Kern ging es darum, das vom Verein finanzierte Projekt “Towards an Analytics of Networked Publics (TANEP) vorzustellen, an dem ich gemeinsam mit Stephan Schlögl und in Kooperation mit dem GfK Social Media Intelligence Center seit November 2012 arbeite. Hier der komplette Vortragstext mit den wesentlichsten Slides, ergänzt um Zwischenüberschriften. Continue Reading →