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"Watch out, organize, inform yourself!": Tracing the dynamics of Twitter discourse on anti-nazi street protests

: Dang-Anh, Mark; Eble, Michael

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Association of Internet Researchers -AoIR-:
IR14. Resistance + appropriation. Online resource : 14th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Denver, October 23 - 26, 2013
Chicago/Ill., 2013 (Selected papers of internet research)
5 S.
Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR Annual Conference) <14, 2013, Denver/Colo.>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IAIS ()

With the advent of mobile devices, mediatized political discourse became more dynamic. We assume that the microblog Twitter can be considered as a medium for spatial coordination during protests. The analyzed case is that of neo-Nazi demonstrations and counter-protests in the city of Dresden that occurred in February 2012. Data consists of microposts that occurred at the day of the event. Quantitative analysis of hashtag and retweet frequencies was performed as well as qualitative speech act pattern analysis and a tempo-spatial discourse analysis on selected subsets of microposts. Results show that a common discursive practice is linguistic locational referencing (LLR) and by that constructing space. Empirical analysis indicates a strong relation between communicational online space and physical offline place: Protest participants permanently reconfigure spatial context discursively and thus the contested protest area becomes a temporarily meaningful place.