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Lurkers, Opponents and the Struggle for Recognition: Accounts from Active Participants in Online Political Discussions

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journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
issue COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2018 - 1. POWER, MULTIDIRECTIONALITY AND CONTINGENCY Political Struggles over Representation, Decision-Making and Technology
title Lurkers, Opponents and the Struggle for Recognition: Accounts from Active Participants in Online Political Discussions
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 01-2018
doi 10.26350/001200_000009
issn 03928667 (print) | 18277969 (digital)
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This article departs from active participants and their relationship to lurkers in a particular setting of cultural participation: flaming political discussions in an LGBTQ dating community. The question the article seeks to answer is how active participants positioned themselves and others in these discussions. Active participants did not expect to convince or reason with their opponents; they were addressing an audience of undecided lurkers; users without their opinions formed who were expected to lurk and thus possible to impress with their arguments. The article thus reveals a struggle for recognition on two levels – to be recognized for your flaming capabilities as well as for your arguments and ability to persuade, a struggle in which both opponents and lurkers were of importance.

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Flaming; lurkers; online community; opponents; participation; power.

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