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Wednesday, July 29 • 10:46 - 12:15
"Moral panic on digital social networks: When privacy issues lead to the bifurcation of media uses"

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Author: Nathalie Paton

This paper studies the emergence and renewal of social networks resulting from increased mediatization of social relations linked to the use of new communication technologies. The evolution of relationship dynamics, impacted by the use of participatory media, is studied from the specific context of a form of “bottom-up” regulation, that of moral panic. By proceeding with a French and American comparative analysis of media participation in online social networks sites regarding the same-sex marriage debate, we show how the exposure of private opinions in the public media arena, notably Facebook, leads to the bifurcation of media uses, regardless of the point of view defended and the gap between respective national framings of a same moral dilemma.

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Nathalie Paton

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Marseille
My work focuses on the study of media participation in relationship to the formation of self, social groups or public arenas of debate within a range of topics including violence, e-health and activism, via methods typical of digital humanities, mainly online ethnography.

Wednesday July 29, 2015 10:46 - 12:15
(8th Floor) TRS 2-166 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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