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Backchannel chat: peaks and troughs in a Twitter response to three televised debates during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum campaign.

Pedersen, Sarah; Baxter, Graeme; Burnett, Simon; Göker, Ayse; Corney, David; Martin, Carlos

Authors

Sarah Pedersen

Graeme Baxter

Simon Burnett

Ayse Göker

David Corney

Carlos Martin



Contributors

Peter Parycek
Editor

Noella Edelmann
Editor

Abstract

This paper identifies the peaks and troughs in Twitter usage during three televised Scottish Independence Referendum debates in Autumn 2014 and identifies the topics that were the foci of such peaks and troughs. We observe that the issues that caught the most attention from the Twitter sample changed from debate to debate, suggesting that viewers were keen to discuss the question of independence from all sides of the question. We also note that the sample responded most strongly to moments of political theatre rather than thoughtful debate and that they chose to wait until breaks in the programme, such as advertisement breaks, vox pops and spin-room discussions, to tweet. While this paper is mostly a quantitative study, the final section offers an introduction to some of the qualitative analysis of the collected data currently being undertaken by the team.

Start Date May 20, 2015
Publication Date May 22, 2015
Publisher New Publisher Required
Pages 105-118
ISBN 9783902505699
Institution Citation PEDERSEN, S., BAXTER, G., BURNETT, S., GOKER, A., CORNEY, D. and MARTIN, C. 2015. Backchannel chat: peaks and troughs in a Twitter response to three televised debates during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum campaign. In Parycek, P. and Edelmann, N. (eds). Proceedings of the 2015 International conference for e-democracy and open government (CeDEM15), 20-22 May 2015, Krems, Austria. Krems: Edition Donau-Universit├Ąt [online], pages 105-118. Available from: http://www.donau-uni.ac...em15_oa_proceedings.pdf
Keywords Elections; Referenda; Scotland; Televised debates; Twitter
Publisher URL http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/department/gpa/telematik/edemocracy-conference/edem/vid/20773/index.php?URL=/en/department/gpa/telematik/edemocracy-conference/20773&cursor=6
Related Public URLs http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1086

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