Oct 30 2013

Communication Colloquia Series: Andreas Jungherr

October 30, 2013

Andreas Jungherr

Andreas Jungherr is a Research Associate at the Chair of
Political Sociology at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His research
focuses on the effects of the internet on political communication. He also
consults political parties in the planning and conducting of online
campaigns. He worked for the webcamp09 (Hessen 2009, state election), the
teAM Deutschland (Germany 2009, federal election) and NRW für Rüttgers
(NRW 2010, state election). Andreas Jungherr is also a regular speaker at
events organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Hanns-Seidel
Stiftung. His book, Das Internet in Wahlkämpfen [The Internet in Election
Campaigns], was recently released Springer.

Through a glass, darkly:  Tactical support and symbolic association in Twitter messages commenting on Stuttgart 21.

Political actors increasingly use the microblogging service
Twitter for the organisation, coordination and documentation of collective
action. These interactions with Twitter leave digital artefacts that can
be analysed. In this article we look at Twitter messages commenting on one
of the most contentious protests in Germany’s recent history, the protests
against the infrastructure project Stuttgart 21. We analyse all messages
containing the hashtag #s21 that were posted between May 25, 2010 and
November 14, 2010 by the 80,000 most followed Twitter users in Germany. We
do this to answer three questions: First, what distinguishes events that
resulted in high activity on Twitter from events that did not? Second,
during times of high activity, does the behavior of Twitter users vary
from their usual behavior patterns? Third, were the artefacts (retweets,
links) that dominated conversations during times of high activity
indicative of tactical support of the protests or of symbolic association
with it?




Date posted

Jul 30, 2018

Date updated

Aug 1, 2018