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In defense of eavesdropping:   Twitter as conversation,     not self-indulgence            Presentation for        Theoriz...
The “self-indulgence” frameParticipation in social media is oftenconsidered a self-indulgence                        Socia...
The “conversation” frame A better frame with which to view Twitter is to see it as a broad conversation                   ...
Conversation in Democracy Deliberative democracy theory: Democracy works primarily not through formal processes such as vo...
What we gain when we see   Twitter as a conversationTweeting is not (necessarily) a self-indulgence, but rather the taking...
Eavesdropping on Twitter                   On Twitter, eavesdropping is                                   invited but     ...
Good and bad conversation A “conversation” frame allows us to distinguish between good and bad forms of conversation   A l...
Meta-conversation  We need to acknowledge and talk  about the fact that we’re in a  conversation if it’s going to be a  pr...
Twitter and scholarship  A conversation is more than a hashtag                          Discourse analysis and            ...
Selected References  Benhabib. S. (2002). The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the  Global Era. Princeton: Pri...
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In defense of eavesdropping: Twitter as conversation, not self-indulgence - Shannon Sindorf

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In defense of eavesdropping: Twitter as conversation, not self-indulgence - Shannon Sindorf

  1. 1. In defense of eavesdropping: Twitter as conversation, not self-indulgence Presentation for Theorizing the Web 2013 Shannon SindorfPhD student, Journalism and Mass Communication University of Colorado @shannonsindorf
  2. 2. The “self-indulgence” frameParticipation in social media is oftenconsidered a self-indulgence Social media are thought of as performances Twitter carries the baggage of Facebook Shannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf
  3. 3. The “conversation” frame A better frame with which to view Twitter is to see it as a broad conversation года з канвеера Ніжагародскага аўтамабільнага завода (сышоў першы грузавы аўтамабіль НАЗ-АА[ Überprüfe anschließend Першыя тры з паловай тысячы машын НАЗ-АА з-за bitte auch die weiteren недахопу штампавальнага абсталявання былі Beiträge des Benutzers –. выпушчаныя з драўлянай кабінай. Vandalismusmeldung bekannt. Überprüfe anschließend bitte auch die weiteren Beiträge des Benutzers – wenn jemand eine. Hört der Benutzer trotz Ansprache mache den Fall auf der Oes, os wnawn ni gychwyn Vandalismusmeldung bekannt. sgwennu erthyglau! Mae yna hefyd gynlluniau gan Wici Cymru i hyfforddi golygyddion, a bydd cyhoeddiad am hyn cyn hir. Oes, os wnawn ni gychwyn sgwennu golygyddion, a bydd cyhoeddiad am hyn cyn hir.Shannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf
  4. 4. Conversation in Democracy Deliberative democracy theory: Democracy works primarily not through formal processes such as voting, but through the debate and discussion that precede voting Twitter can be one venue for that crucial, informal deliberationShannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf
  5. 5. What we gain when we see Twitter as a conversationTweeting is not (necessarily) a self-indulgence, but rather the takingof one’s turn The “self-indulgence” frame is a hindrance to conversation Shannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf
  6. 6. Eavesdropping on Twitter On Twitter, eavesdropping is invited but unacknowledged Eavesdropping is not an anti-social act, but a pro-social oneShannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf
  7. 7. Good and bad conversation A “conversation” frame allows us to distinguish between good and bad forms of conversation A lot of online conversation is very bad conversationShannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf
  8. 8. Meta-conversation We need to acknowledge and talk about the fact that we’re in a conversation if it’s going to be a productive one Irony and self-reflexivity are tools of meta-conversationShannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf
  9. 9. Twitter and scholarship A conversation is more than a hashtag Discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis are great methods to use to analyze Twitter-as- conversation DA and CDA will likely need to be more autoethnographic—mass media methods won’t work on TwitterShannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf
  10. 10. Selected References Benhabib. S. (2002). The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Mansbridge, J. (2012). Everyday talk in the deliberative system. In Barker, D. W. M., N. McAfee, & D. W. McIvor (Eds.), Democratizing Deliberation: Political Theory Anthology. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation Press. Marwick, A.E. & boyd, d. (2010). I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and the imagined audience. New Media & Society, 13(1), 114-133. Van Den Eede, Y. (2010). ‘‘Conversation of mankind’’ or ‘‘idle talk’’?: a pragmatist approach to social networking sites. Ethics of Information Technology, 12, 195-206.Shannon Sindorf  In Defense of Eavesdropping  Theorizing the Web 2013  @shannonsindorf

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