Debating poverty porn on Twitter: social media as a place for everyday socio-political talk

Phil Brooker, John Vines, Selina Sutton, Julie Barnett, Tom Feltwell, Shaun Lawson

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Abstract

This paper presents an empirical investigation of how people appropriated Twitter for socio-political talk in response to a television (TV) portrayal of people supported by state welfare and benefits. Our findings reveal how online discussion during, and in-between, TV broadcasts was characterised by distinctly different qualities, topics and user behaviours. These findings offer design opportunities for social media services to (i) support more balanced real-time commentaries of politically-charged media, (ii) actively promote discussion to continue after, and between, programming; and (iii) incorporate different motivations and attitudes towards socio-political concerns, as well as different practices of communicating those concerns. We contribute to the developing HCI literature on how social media intersects with political and civic engagement and specifically highlight the ways in which Twitter interacts with other forms of media as a site of everyday socio-political talk and debate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2015
Place of PublicationNew York, U. S. A.
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages3177-3186
ISBN (Print)9781450331456
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Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2015

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Brooker, P., Vines, J., Sutton, S., Barnett, J., Feltwell, T., & Lawson, S. (2015). Debating poverty porn on Twitter: social media as a place for everyday socio-political talk. In CHI '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2015 (pp. 3177-3186). New York, U. S. A.: Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702291