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Media convergence and publicness: towards a modular and iterative approach to online research ethics

Spilioti, Tereza 2017. Media convergence and publicness: towards a modular and iterative approach to online research ethics. Applied Linguistics Review 8 (2-3) , pp. 191-212. 10.1515/applirev-2016-1035

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The aim of the article is to build a bridge between assumptions about publicness and ethics in traditional (mass) media research and similar issues pertaining to research ethics in so-called new media environments. The article starts off with unpacking ‘publicness’ as defined in authoritative ethical guidelines that regulate research on (and through) media. It points to the challenges media convergence - and, particularly, the increasingly multimodal, multiauthored and multimedial content of websites - have brought to perceptions of publicness, as previously understood in mass media research. With reference to language-focused research on multilingual digital writing in such contexts, I critically engage with ethical tensions related to collecting and analysing internet data, on the one hand, and presenting and publishing data extracts from new media contexts, on the other. Drawing on modularity as a key organising principle of web design and discourse (Androutsopoulos 2010: 208; Pauwels 2012: 251), the article proposes a modular and iterative approach to research ethics that takes into account the complex and fluid configuration of web environments and attends to the conditions of multiple authorship and multiple publics that are increasingly typical of such contexts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Media convergence, research ethics, publicness, privacy, consent, copyright, modularity, websites
Publisher: De Gruyter
ISSN: 1868-6311
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 21 September 2016
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 22:26

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