Uncovering Online Commenting Culture

Trolls, Fanboys and Lurkers

Authors: Barnes, Renee

  • Systematically looks at why we behave the way we do online, in all spaces from the comment threads of news stories, to specialist forums, through to social media platforms
  • Draws on a broad range of research including that from media and cultural studies, psychology and anthropology
  • Fills a gap by providing scholars who are turning increasing attention to the online realm, and students navigating new media, a method for interpreting online comments’ role in society
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About this book

In today’s digital world our social interactions often take place in the form of written comments. We chat, disagree, worship, vent, confess, and even attack in written form in public digital spaces. Drawing on scholarly literature from media and cultural studies, psychology and sociology, Uncovering Commenting Culture charts this commenting territory and outlines why we behave in these ways online. In this timely book, Renee Barnes provides a participatory model for understanding commenting culture that is based on the premise that our behaviours online–including those that cause us most the concern–are not so much an internet problem as a social problem. By looking at a wide variety of online commenting habitats, from the comment threads following news stories, through to specialist forums and social media platforms, the volume provides a comprehensive understanding of the role of online commenting in society and provides suggestions for how we might mitigate bad behaviours.

About the authors

Renee Barnes is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. 

Reviews

“Barnes leads us on a rich journey of exploration into media sociology, psychology, cybercultural, game and fan studies accounts of why and how we comment on media content. This work will be invaluable to anyone hoping to develop more civil communities online.” (Fiona Martin, The University of Sydney, Australia)

Table of contents (2 chapters)

  • The Online/Offline Life

    Renee Barnes

    Pages

  • You Either Love It or You Hate It! The Emotional and Affective Factors of Commenting

    Renee Barnes

    Pages

Buy this book

eBook £31.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70235-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70234-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Uncovering Online Commenting Culture
Book Subtitle
Trolls, Fanboys and Lurkers
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70235-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70235-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70234-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 133
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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