The last Media Activism Research Collective meeting of the semester will take place on Monday, December 7, at noon in Annenberg room 224. Annenberg visiting scholar Shiwen Wu will present a paper-in-progress titled "Contentious Discourse and Dynamic Frames: Interplay Among Online Public Opinion, Media Reporting, and Government Discourse with Respect to Social Events.” The abstract is below.
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here by Friday, December 4.
Abstract: How do online public opinion, mass media, and government construct interpretative frames with respect to contentious social events? By conducting a content analysis regarding a contentious sociopolitical event in China—the Deng Yujiao case, we found that each actor had constructed a different set of frames and frame functions. However, the three divergent discourses were bound together by the evolving mechanism of online public opinion, which, in turn, went through certain processes involving value addition, public deliberation, legitimization, and legal conferral. The key issues in the whole process were the need to competitively construct socio-political meanings of the event. Besides Entman’s four functions of frames, we found a fifth function— fact finding, which is particularly meaningful in a society with low social trust.