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Discipline and resistance on social media: Discourse, power and context in the Paul Chambers 'Twitter Joke Trial'

Kelsey, Darren and Bennett, Lucy 2014. Discipline and resistance on social media: Discourse, power and context in the Paul Chambers 'Twitter Joke Trial'. Discourse, Context & Media 3 , pp. 37-45. 10.1016/j.dcm.2013.12.001

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Abstract

This paper analyses discourse, power and context on social media. Through a theoretical discussion of the ‘Twitter Joke Trial’, we highlight the growing importance of understanding ‘individual communicative nuance’ (ICN) and complex power relations in the production and interpretation of online texts. But ICN is not the only problematic practice of online communications; there are other social and environmental factors that impact upon the production, consumption and interpretation of social media. Whilst adopting previous understandings of discourse, context and social practice we refine and apply models of panoptic and synoptic power that are applicable to the communicative complexities of the social media. These dimensions of power, we argue, are unfixed and shift according to the contextual environments in which they are produced and consumed. Hence, we show that critical discourse studies (CDS) can incorporate theoretical frameworks that provide the investigative and analytical approaches necessary for exploring power relations in digital media technologies. By developing this theoretical approach we propose the concept of synoptic resistance, which mobilizes oppositional power against authoritative surveillance. Whilst we do not deny that broader social structures maintain top-down power, we argue that ‘omnioptic’ media environments complicate these power relations in the ‘countercurrents’ they provide against authority.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2211-6958
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 June 2018
Date of Acceptance: 23 December 2013
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 04:06
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/70258

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