Lurkers, Posters, and the Fantasy of Persuasion

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Title Lurkers, Posters, and the Fantasy of Persuasion
Author Svensson, Jakob
Date 2017
English abstract
This chapter revolves around political discussions in forum discussion threads on the Swedish online LGBTQ community Qruiser. Political discussions in online forum threads are studied as cultural participation in an online cultural public sphere. The specific question the paper seeks to answer is what role lurkers play for active participants’ meaning-making practices. Lurkers could be understood as a fantasy, an imagined audience willing to listen and be persuaded by active participants’ arguments. However, applying a Lacan inspired analytical framework, the paper concludes that the fantasy is not so much about the lurkers themselves, but the belief in persuasion. Hence, the answer to the question of why users participate in verbal battles with each other online would be because they are driven by a fantasy of persuasion as a way to cope with the lack of enjoyment in terms of them being split from a harmonious world of political unity.
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The 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association : Interventions: Communication Research and Practice (25-29 May 2017 : San Diego, USA)
Link https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ica/ica17/... (external link to publication)
Publisher International Communication Association (ICA)
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23694 Permalink to this page
Link http://www.icahdq.org/page/Conference... (external link to related web page)
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