From everyday conversation to political action: Talking austerity in online ‘third spaces’

Todd Graham, Daniel Jackson, Scott Wright

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    Abstract

    Taking forward a new agenda for online political deliberation – the study of everyday political talk in non-political, online ‘third spaces’ – this article examines the dynamics of political talk across three general interest UK based online forums. The quantitative analysis found that discussions about austerity were just as likely to emerge from non-political discussions
    as they were ones that began as ‘political’, demonstrating the links people made between everyday experiences and public policy. Our qualitative analysis represents the first real attempt to analyse political actions within
    third spaces, with some striking outcomes. Over half of all political discussions led to at least one political action (with significant variation
    between forums). The findings demonstrate that whilst such third spaces remain concerned with the preoccupations of everyday life, they can and do perform a role of mobilising agent towards political participation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)648-665
    Number of pages18
    JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
    Volume30
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Austerity
    • Civic Engagement
    • Political Talk
    • Online Deliberation
    • Public Sphere
    • United Kingdom
    • Online Communities
    • Third Spaces
    • Political Action
    • DELIBERATION
    • DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY
    • Political Communication
    • POLITICAL SCIENCE
    • Political Studies
    • Internet Studies
    • INTERNET
    • Social Media
    • Online Activism
    • ACTIVISM
    • CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
    • CITIZENSHIP
    • Discussion Forums
    • media studies
    • New Media and Democracy
    • Digital Media
    • E-Democracy
    • E-participation

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