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  • 1. @zizip   The rhythms of news storytelling on Twitter:Affective news streams, hybridity, and networked publics Zizi  Papacharissi,  PhD   Professor  and  Head,  Communica7on,  University  of  Illinois-­‐Chicago  Papacharissi, Z. & Oliveira, de Fatima M. (2012). Affective News and Networked Publics: TheRhythms of News Storytelling on #Egypt. Journal of Communication, in press.
  • 2. •  TwiCer  and  news  storytelling  •  Collec7vely  prodused  news  feeds  and  the  news  economy  •  TwiCer  as  alterna7ve/primary  channel  for  informa7on   Premise
  • 3. •  TwiCer  as  news  repor7ng  mechanism   •  Established  news  values  guide  use  of  TwiCer   •  News  breaking/premedia7on/instantaneity   •  Homophily,  peripheral  awareness  and  ambient  news  environments,   hybridity    •  TwiCer  as  news  sharing  mechanism  during  uprisings   •  Electronic  word  of  mouth   •  Broadcas7ng  and  ‘listening  in’  on  uprisings   •  Homophily  and  group  iden7ty     Previous Research
  • 4. •  News  values  •  The  form  of  news  as  specific  to  socio-­‐cultural  context  RQ1:  What  news  values  were  prevalent  in  the  TwiCer  news  streams  capturing  the  events  of  the  2011  Egyp7an  uprising?  RQ2:  What  form  did  news  storytelling  on  TwiCer    take  during  the  recent  2011  Egyp7an  uprising?  •  METHOD:    Frequency  analysis  (  R  ),  1.5  million  mul7lingual  tweets,  Content  analysis,  (word  network  map),  Discourse  analysis  #egypt  News values and the form of news on Twitter
  • 5. •  News  values  priori7se  stories  about  events  that  are  recent,  sudden,   unambiguous,  predictable,  relevant  and  close  (to  the  relevant   culture/class/loca7on).  •  Priority  is  given  to  stories  about  the  economy,  government  poli7cs,   industry  and  business,  foreign  affairs  and  domes7c  affairs-­‐either  of   conflict  or  human  interest-­‐  disasters  and  sport.  •  Priority  is  given  to  elite  na7ons  (the  US,  the  UK,  Europe,  etc.)  and   elite  people.  •  News  values  ocen  involve  appeals  to  dominant  ideologies  and   discourses.  What  is  cultural  and/or  historical  will  be  presented  as   natural  and  consensual.  •  News  stories  need  to  appeal  to  readers/viewers  so  they  must  be   commonsensical,  entertaining  and  drama7c  (like  fic7on),  and  visual   (Hartley,  2002,  p.  166).  News  values  turn  events  into  stories  (news values)
  • 6. •  Old  values   •  Large  scale  of  events,  closeness  to  home,  clarity  of  meaning,  short  7me   scale,  relevance,  consonance,  personifica7on,  significance,  drama,  ac7on  + ++  it’s  all  there,  except  nega7vity  •  Remedia7ons  and/or  new    values   •  (drama)  of  instantaneity   •  Events  instantly  turn  into  stories   •  crowdsourced  elites   •  Solidarity   •  Ambience   •  Constancy  and  con7nuity  of  always  on  news  environment  with  a  pulse  of  its   own,  organic,  collec7ve  Hybridity of old new news values
  • 7. Affect:  Emo7ve  expressions  subjec7vely  experienced  connected  to  processes  of  premedia7on/an7cipa7on  of  events  prior  to  their  occurrence    •  Rhythm  and  pace  of  storytelling   •  Instant,  emo7ve,  pha7c  •  Repe77on  and  mimicry  set  the  pace  •  Oral  and  print  cultures  of  storytelling  combine  News,  fact,  drama,  opinion,  emo7on  blend  into  one  =  affect   The Form of Affective News
  • 8. Collabora7ve  news  feeds  expose  (temporal)  incompa7bili7es  between  live  twee7ng  news  and  news  repor7ng  =  many  journalisms  Leaderless  publics/revolu7ons?  Affect  and  news  storytelling,  affect  and  mobiliza7on  Affective news streams
  • 9. Thank you! www.uic.edu/~zizi@zizip, zizi@uic.edu
  • 10. instantaneity
  • 11. instantaneity
  • 12. Affective-resignation
  • 13. Affective-most
  • 14. Affective 2
  • 15. Affective 3
  • 16. Affective 5
  • 17. Affective 6 -newsy
  • 18. Affective 7 – mainstream
  • 19. Oral and print
  • 20. Affective-much more mainstream
  • 21. General