Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age

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Twitter has become a household name, discussed both for its rolein prominent national elections, natural disasters, and politicalmovements, as well as for what some malign as narcissistic“chatter.” This book takes a critical step back frompopular discourse and media coverage of Twitter, to present thefirst balanced, scholarly engagement of this popular medium.

In this timely and comprehensive introduction, Murthy not onlydiscusses Twitter’s role in our political, economic, ...

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Overview

Twitter has become a household name, discussed both for its rolein prominent national elections, natural disasters, and politicalmovements, as well as for what some malign as narcissistic“chatter.” This book takes a critical step back frompopular discourse and media coverage of Twitter, to present thefirst balanced, scholarly engagement of this popular medium.

In this timely and comprehensive introduction, Murthy not onlydiscusses Twitter’s role in our political, economic, andsocial lives, but also draws a historical line between thetelegraph and Twitter to reflect on changes in social communicationover time. The book thoughtfully examines Twitter as an emergentglobal communications medium and provides a theoretical frameworkfor students, scholars, and tweeters to reflect critically on theimpact of Twitter and the contemporary media environment. The bookuses case studies including citizen journalism, health, andnational disasters to provide empirically rich insights and to helpdecipher some of the ways in which Twitter and social media morebroadly may be shaping contemporary life.

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Editorial Reviews

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Winner of the Choice award for Outstanding AcademicTitle

"The 200,000 million tweets sent each day have been deserving ofserious scholarly attention. Murthy addresses this gap in apioneering book."
TheGlobal Journal

"A tantalizing, insightful and balanced account of the existingscholarship about the question how Twitter changes ourcommunication practices."
Koenvan Turnhout Macro Blog

"Dhiraj Murthy's Twitter is an excellent overview of theendless spirals of meaning and insignificance that characterize themicro-blogging phenomenon."
Hal Niedzviecki, author of The Peep Diaries: How We'reLearning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbours

"Dhiraj Murthy's Twitter is a rich and informedconsideration of one of the most commonly used sites in the UStoday. Drawing from multiple perspectives and incorporatingliterature from sociology, communication, political science, andmedia studies, Murthy’s book includes chapters on the roleTwitter plays in reshaping journalism, activism practices, disastercoordination, and the sharing of social support and medicalinformation. Notably, the book pays special attention to historicalcontext, drawing out connections between Twitter and earliertechnologies, and using these comparisons to illustrate what is newand what is not so new about this fascinating communicationplatform. Murthy engages with sophisticated analytical frameworksbut does so using accessible language and concrete examples, whichwill make this volume especially useful in the classroom."
Nicole Ellison, Michigan State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745652399
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/9/2013
  • Series: DMS - Digital Media and Society Series, #6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,364,572
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dhiraj Murthy is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables viii

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

1 What is Twitter? 1

2 Contextualizing Twitter 14

3 Theorizing Twitter 24

4 Twitter and Journalism 51

5 Twitter and Disasters 70

6 Twitter and Activism 92

7 Twitter and Health 115

8 Conclusion 144

Notes 154

Glossary 159

References 162

Index 184

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