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Zizi Papacharissi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199999736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199999736.001.0001

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Affective Demands and the New Political

Affective Demands and the New Political

(p.64) 3 Affective Demands and the New Political
Affective Publics

Zizi Papacharissi

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes, maps, and explains evolving patterns of communication of the Occupy Wall Street movement on Twitter. Quantitative and qualitative analysis reveal that Twitter supported various forms of connective action but that the openness and plurality of the stream was both supportive and disruptive for the pace of the movement. Mechanisms of networked framing and networked gatekeeping enabled diverse sets of publics to contribute to evolving narratives about the movement. Engagement with the stream was cognitively and affectively motivated and supported a wide variety of feelings for or against the Occupy movement.

Keywords:   Twitter, Occupy, connective action, networked framing, networked gatekeeping

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