Twitter Social Anthropology 2 (Unfinished)

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  • 1. Social Anthropology of Twitter #2:
    The Diplomacy of @KerryMP
    and the Fame of @mathewhulbert
    An analysis of human interaction on Twitter demonstrating conflict and friendship, antagonism and affection, goading and gloatingon Twitter emphasising the roles of diplomacy, fairness and humour in building community.
    markinreading (Mark Adams)
    25th June 2009
    UNFINISHED VERSION
  • 2. Narrative
    The events in this story took place predominantly on the evening on 18th June 2009. The setting is largely UK as some 3.03m people sat down to watch the TV show, “Question Time” broadcast on BBC1 from 10.35 to 11.20 that evening.
    For some time, these people had also been indulging in texting and twittering about the show and tonight, some 2,500 texts and 1,095 tweets would be sent, broadcast on Ceefax for those who wished to participate.
    One of these people was @mathewhulbert. On June 17th2009, he had 247 followers. By the end of June 18th, this had grown by 12% to 277 and reached 297 within a week. The initial growth came about by an active engagement on Twitter with a politician, @KerryMP, who having been goaded to the edge of sanity threatened to ignore the man – unleashing a wealth of support from the Twitterverse.
    This is tale of fame, of manners and of the self-regulating community that is Twitter, with the Tweets in the story presented on a slide-by-slide timeline in the “Peruvian” style.
  • 3. The Players
    Leading Actors:
    @mathewhulbert – a journalist, writer, son, brother and uncle.
    @KerryMP – Labour MP for Bristol East
    Extras:
    @chrishawes – a mildly interesting Scout leader, Conservative activist and blogger
    @doktorb – a player with no Twitter bio
    @markinreading – all I do is tweet around BBC’s Question Time TV programme
  • 4. The Action
    Phase 1 – The Pre-Show Warm-up And Greetings (22:01 to 22:19)
    Phase 2 – Challenging Banter Start
    (featuring the Sarcastic Riposte
    Phase 3 – A Small Harmless Exchange
    (featuring a Claim, Suggestion, Response and a battle for the Lastword)
    Phase 4 – The Goads
    Phase 5 – The Threat of Action
    Phase 6 – Accusations
    Phase 7 – The Claim To Fame
    (“people are ignoring me”)
    Phase 8 – The Claim to Fame is Ridiculed
    Phase 9 – The Parties Seek Calm
    Phase 10 - @mathewhulbert Basks in Fame
  • 5. @markinreading
    Phase 1: The Pre-Show Warm-Up And Greetings
    The evening starts shortly before BBC Question Time takes to the air.
    22:01:00
  • 6. @markinreading
    Phase 1: The Pre-Show Warm-Up And Greetings
    The Twitterers settle down and introduce themselves...
    22:02:00
  • 7. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 1: The Pre-Show Warm-Up And Greetings
    ...re-acquaint themselves with each other...
    22:13:00
  • 8. @ KerryMP
    Phase 1: The Pre-Show Warm-Up And Greetings
    ...and welcome new mates into the community ...
    22:19:00
  • 9. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
    A Sarcastic Riposte to our new friend ...
    22:22:00
  • 10. @markinreading
    Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
    A ‘hard to understand’ Rhetorical Question 1 about a panellist...
    (Rhetorical Question 1: “What is a socialdemocrat”)
    22:23:00
  • 11. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
    22:24:00
  • 12. @KerryMP
    Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
    An innocuous ‘thinking out loud comment’
    22:47:00
  • 13. @KerryMP
    Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
    A follow-on innocuous thinking out loud comment
    22:48:00
  • 14. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 2: Challenging Banter Starts
    Innocuous comment gets challenged...
    22:49:00
  • 15. @KerryMP
    Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
    Claimer makes a Claim 1...
    (Claim 1 is “HoC authorities would not let MP leave some blacked-out stuff”)
    22:55:00
  • 16. @markinreading
    Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
    Respondee makes a helpful/humorous Suggestion 1...
    (Suggestion 1 “Poke HoC authorities on the knees”)
    22:56:00
  • 17. @KerryMP
    Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
    Claimer offers humorous Response 1 to Suggestion 1
    (Response 1 is “Prefer Kicking them in the shins”)
    22:58:00
  • 18. @markinreading
    Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
    Respondee seeks (humorous) Lastword 1
    (Lastword 1 is “Shins are good”)
    23:00:00
  • 19. @KerryMP
    Phase 3: First Small Harmless Exchange
    Claimer seeks (humorous) Lastword 2
    (Lastword 2 is “Scared to take on Esther”)
    23:02:00
  • 20. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goader starts to goad Goadee with Goad 1...
    (Goader is @mathewhulbert and Goadee is @KerryMP. Goad 1 is “Why is Charlie Falconer defending Labour?”)
    23:03:00
  • 21. @KerryMP
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goadee gives reasoned response in Rationale 1...
    (Rationale 1 is “nothing to do with whips office”)
    23:05:00
  • 22. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goader persists with new Goad 2...
    (Goad 2 is “Is this a Government running scared”?)
    23:07:01
  • 23. @chrishawes
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goader 2 joins in and makes similar challenge with Goad 3...
    (Goader 2 is @chrishawes. Goad 3 is “Why wasn’t a minister put forwards”)
    23:07:02
  • 24. @KerryMP
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goadee gives Rationale 2 to Goader 2 re Goad 3
    (Rationale 2 is “Journo rings round until they find a taker”)
    23:08:00
  • 25. @doktorb
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goader 3 enters with Goad x
    (Goad x is “You get promoted to be a Whip ifyou are not brave enough to face critics”)
    23:10:00
  • 26. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goader persists, now with Goad 4...
    (Goad 4 is “Labour could have provided a heavy hitter if they wanted to”)
    23:10:00
  • 27. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goader progresses straight to Goad 5...
    (Goad 5 is “Where are Labour’s ministers”?)
    23:12:00
  • 28. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goader makes further Goady comment...[precise context unknown]
    23:13:00
  • 29. @KerryMP
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goadee responds with Rationale 2 expressing Frustration 1 ...
    (Rational 2 is “Goader didn’t understand previous explanation” and Frustration 1: “can’t be bothered to explain”)
    23:15:00
  • 30. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 4: The Goads
    ...Goader responds to Frustration 1 and repeats Goad 5 ...
    23:16:00
  • 31. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 4: The Goads
    Goadee follows up with Goad 6 ...
    (Goad 6 is “Is it labour policy to be not bothered to explain”?)
    23:18:01
  • 32. @KerryMP
    Phase 5: The Threat of Action
    ...Goadee responds with Threat 1 of Action 1 ...
    (Threat 1 is “I’m going to ignore you from now on” and Action 1 is the act of “Ignoring”)
    23:18:02
  • 33. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    ...Goader makes Accusation 1 and produces Goad 7 ...
    (Accusation 1 is “You are Rude” and Goad 7 is “Why bother Tweeting if you don’t debate”?)
    23:19:00
  • 34. @KerryMP
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    ...Goadee makes Accusation 2 yet offers Rationale 3
    (Accusation 2 is “You are Intensely Annoying” Rationale 3 is “I’d rather be watching and engaging with others”)
    23:20:00
  • 35. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    Goader shares news of Action 1 and Exclamation 1
    (Exclamation 1 is that Goadee’s action is “Unbelievable”)
    23:20:01
  • 36. @chrishawes
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    Goader 2 returns and attempts to calm Goader
    23:20:02
  • 37. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    Goader demands Justification 1 of Accusation 2
    (Justification 1 (demanded) is: “Why am I annoying”?)
    23:21:00
  • 38. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    Goader repeats Accusation 1 and Goad 7 to Goader 2
    (Reminder: Accusation 1 was “You are rude” and Goad 7 was “Can’t be bothered to debate”)
    23:22:00
  • 39. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    Goader repeats Accusation 1 and Goad 7 to Passerby
    23:23:00
  • 40. @KerryMP
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:23:00
  • 41. @KerryMP
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:23:00
  • 42. @markinreading
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:24:00
  • 43. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:24:00
  • 44. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:24:00
  • 45. @markinreading
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:26:00
  • 46. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:26:00
  • 47. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:26:00
  • 48. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
  • 49. @KerryMP
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:28:00
  • 50. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:28:00
  • 51. @KerryMP
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:29:00
  • 52. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:29:00
  • 53. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:29:00
  • 54. @KerryMP
    Phase 6: The Accusations
    23:32:00
  • 55. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 7: The Claim to Fame
    Goader publicises Action 1 as Claim To Fame 1
    (Claim to Fame 1 is “An MP is Ignoring Me”)
    23:32:00
  • 56. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:36:00
  • 57. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:36:00
  • 58. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
  • 59. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:38:00
  • 60. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:38:00
  • 61. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:38:00
  • 62. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:38:00
  • 63. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:39:00
  • 64. @KerryMP
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    Goadee now offers an Olive Branch to Goader to “calm things down”
    23:39:00
  • 65. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
  • 66. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
  • 67. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:39:00
  • 68. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:39:00
  • 69. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:40:00
  • 70. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:41:00
  • 71. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:41:00
  • 72. @markinreading
    Phase 8: The Claim to Fame Is Ridiculed
    23:42:00
  • 73. @KerryMP
    Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
    23:42:00
  • 74. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
    23:43:00
  • 75. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
    23:43:00
  • 76. @markinreading
    Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
    23:44:00
  • 77. @KerryMP
    Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
    23:45:00
  • 78. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
    23:45:00
  • 79. @markinreading
    Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
    23:47:00
  • 80. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 9: Both Parties Now Seek Calm
    23:48:00
  • 81. @KerryMP
    Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    23:49:00
  • 82. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    23:49:00
  • 83. @KerryMP
    Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    23:54:00
  • 84. @markinreading
    Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    00:01:00
  • 85. @KerryMP
    Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    00:02:00
  • 86. @KerryMP
    Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    00:03:00
  • 87. @mathewhulbert
    Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    00:03:00
  • 88. @KerryMP
    Phase 10: The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    00:03:00
  • 89. @markinreading
    Phase : The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    00:17:00
  • 90. @KerryMP
    Phase : The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    The Day After 12:04:00
  • 91. @KerryMP
    Phase : The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
    The Day after 14:47:00
  • 92. Phase : The Fame of @mathewhulbert Sinks In
  • 93. Phase : @mathewhulbert Basks
    23rd June
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  • 98. Phase : @mathewhulbert and @KerryMP Friends
    22nd June
  • 99. Phase : @mathewhulbert and @KerryMP Friends
  • 100. Phase : @mathewhulbert and @KerryMP Friends