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The Use of Expressives in Online Political Talk: Impeding or Facilitating the Normative Goals of Deliberation?

Abstract : Net-based public sphere researchers have questioned whether the internet presents the public sphere with a new opportunity for the development of public spaces where free, equal and open deliberation among citizens can flourish. However, much of the research has operationalized a formal notion of deliberation thereby neglecting the expressive nature of everyday political talk. This study moved beyond a formal notion by also investigating the use of expressives within The Guardian (UK) political discussion forum. A content analysis was employed as the primary instrument for examination. Additional textual analyses were conducted on the use of expressives. The findings suggest that with the exception of humour expressives tended to impede political talk rather than facilitating it.
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Odd Graham. The Use of Expressives in Online Political Talk: Impeding or Facilitating the Normative Goals of Deliberation?. Second IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation (EPART), Aug 2010, Lausanne, Italy. pp.26-41, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-15158-3_3⟩. ⟨hal-01059064⟩

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