“Super-Participation” and Everyday Political Talk Online

A Comparative Analysis

This project is an innovative, interdisciplinary and cross-national investigation that takes forward a new agenda for online deliberation research: the study of everyday political talk in formally non-political online "third spaces". Specifically, it will comparatively analyse the impact of "super-participants" on political talk in discussion forums and micro-blogs (Sina Weibo and Twitter) across China and Australia. To do this, the project will combine quantitative and qualitative content analysis and social network analysis (SNA). To enable the SNA of Weibo, the project is working with the open-source NodeXL platform to continue the development of a data importer.



IBES Seed Funding 2014

Expected Completition

November 2015