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Media Framing and Social Media Discourse: a Positioning Analysis of Political Discourse Present on Facebook

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dc.contributor.advisor Pullicino, Lourdes
dc.contributor.author Nutter, Ian
dc.creator Nutter, Ian
dc.date 2017-12-06
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-12T19:51:41Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-12T19:51:41Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11589
dc.description.abstract Recognizing the fact that shifts in communications technologies can fundamentally restructure the way in which members of society relate with one another, this study is focused on the analysis of the interactional patterns taking place on social media and Facebook specifically. By focusing on political discourse centered around a central topic (immigration) taking place on a variety of news media pages spanning the political spectrum this study also makes a connection between discourse taking place on the part of consumers and the framing provided by the media organizations themselves in order to determine the strength of media framing on consumer behavior and attitudes. In general the findings of this study are that consumers tend to follow the pages which support their beliefs and attitudes and will defend the framing against those who disagree. Additionally it was found that although all of the pages showed some degree of cross cutting interaction, the more liberal pages were more inundated with users disagreeing with their positioning than the more conservative pages.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject social media en_US
dc.subject discourse en_US
dc.subject conflict en_US
dc.subject political communication en_US
dc.subject positioning theory en_US
dc.title Media Framing and Social Media Discourse: a Positioning Analysis of Political Discourse Present on Facebook en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Malta en_US


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