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Larsson, Sofia
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Larsson, S. (2018). Networking, Exclusion and Negotiated Visibility: Feminist and Anti-Racist Social Media Debaters’ Endurance Strategies. OBS - Observatorio, 12(Special Issue), 79-97
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Networking, Exclusion and Negotiated Visibility: Feminist and Anti-Racist Social Media Debaters’ Endurance Strategies
2018 (English)In: OBS - Observatorio, ISSN 1646-5954, E-ISSN 1646-5954, Vol. 12, no Special Issue, p. 79-97Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the rise of the Internet, there has been a growing interest in research on its implications for democracy and participation. This article contributes to the research on online citizen political participation with a bottom-up, grassroots perspective that focuses on non-professional and individual actors. Through interviews with 15 young Swedish bloggers and social media debaters involved in feminist, anti-racist and leftist politics, the present article explores the conditions for citizen participation, as well as the benefits and impediments to being a blogger and social media debater. The conclusion is that while engaged citizens focused on feminism and anti-racism have many negative experiences, strategies enabled by social media use give them access to a support system that is fundamental to their endurance. The challenges for feminists and women online seem to be the same as those present at the beginning of the 1990s, but strategies for coping and resisting are now enabled by new tools. The participants in this study depend on their network for collaboration, safety, dissemination of content, support, and a sense of community, which is facilitated by the use of information and communication technologies for collaboration and dissemination.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Obercom, 2018
Keywords
civic engagement, political participation, social media, bloggers, feminists
National Category
Communication Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-72675 (URN)10.15847/obsOBS12520181319 (DOI)2-s2.0-85058033296 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-01-25 (johcin) 

Available from: 2019-01-25 Created: 2019-01-25 Last updated: 2019-02-12Bibliographically approved
Larsson, S. (2014). Battling mainstream media, commentators and organized debaters: experiences from citizens’ online opinion writing in Sweden (ed.). Paper presented at . Nordicom Review, 35(2), 77-89
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Battling mainstream media, commentators and organized debaters: experiences from citizens’ online opinion writing in Sweden
2014 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 77-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents the results of a qualitative interview study on citizen opinion writers who are active on a citizen media website in Sweden. The study explores the writers’ experiences of participating in the alternative and citizen media landscape online, their purposes, the benefits and finally what impedes their participation. The results paint a picture of a sole grass-roots writer who aims to reach the broad political sphere using a mix of strategies to participate, oppose the mainstream media or use the Web as a writing gym. The restrictive powers they encounter are associated with mainstream media, commentators and organized debaters. This is discussed as causing a narrower public debate, less participation and less counter-hegemonic content.

National Category
Communication Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Science.
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9047 (URN)79ad1935-d021-4e43-a303-2d6d86bb50a2 (Local ID)79ad1935-d021-4e43-a303-2d6d86bb50a2 (Archive number)79ad1935-d021-4e43-a303-2d6d86bb50a2 (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2014; 20140925 (larsof)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved
Larsson, S. & Olsson, T. (2014). Everyday Activism: Strategies and Practices in a Multi-Platform Media Landscape (ed.). Paper presented at European Communication Conference : Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations 12/11/2014 - 15/11/2014. Paper presented at European Communication Conference : Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations 12/11/2014 - 15/11/2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Everyday Activism: Strategies and Practices in a Multi-Platform Media Landscape
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ever-since its early introduction into Western societies, in mid 1990s, the Internet has spurred public as well as academic debate regarding its potential political implications. These debates have touched upon areas as wide as the Internet’s abilities to revitalize public spheres, its potential to stimulate civic participation among young people, and analysed ways in which it might help to reshape our sense of civic identity. With the advent of the so-called web 2.0, which also has been notoriously connected to the notion “social media”, specific interest has been brought to analyse how the new, even more interactive and user-friendly web has created opportunities for political (and cultural) participation. This latter phase of research includes various analyses of the political significance of social media applications, such as weblogs, Twitter and Facebook. One strand of research has looked into how established political actors make use of the web’s new, more participatory features (for instance on Facebook) as part of their political ambitions. Another thread has paid interest in political implications of online participatory activities on various web venues: How does Twitter impact political debate? Yet other projects have tried to shed light on how social media-applications are brought to use in times of social upheaval and within protest movements. This paper, however, approaches the political implications of web 2.0 and social media from a very different point of both empirical and analytical departure. It connects with a less salient, but important strand of research that looks into everyday life appropriations of the possibilities offered by web 2.0 among citizens. More specifically, it presents and analyses data from an interview study of some twenty Swedish everyday media activists in order to gain insights into how they make use of various digital media as part of their political activism. What communicative roles are various digital applications shaped to play for these activists? It pays specific attention to what strategic “activist value” they sense in the different digital applications they make use of in everyday-life: How do activists intermingle in-between them? Our data include interviews with two sets of activists, one set aged 28-79, an average of 50 and one aged 18-35. Hence, apart from offering insights into everyday life use of digital applications for activism, the paper also offers comparisons between two different generations of media activists.

National Category
Communication Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Science.
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34210 (URN)8581cb76-d27e-44ed-ad5c-d407925b9d22 (Local ID)8581cb76-d27e-44ed-ad5c-d407925b9d22 (Archive number)8581cb76-d27e-44ed-ad5c-d407925b9d22 (OAI)
Conference
European Communication Conference : Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations 12/11/2014 - 15/11/2014
Note
Godkänd; 2014; 20141119 (larsof)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Larsson, S. (2014). Facts and feelings in comment threads: An exploration of grass-roots writers’ norms for online political discussion (ed.). Paper presented at . Observatorio, 8(4), 39-54
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Facts and feelings in comment threads: An exploration of grass-roots writers’ norms for online political discussion
2014 (English)In: Observatorio, ISSN 0874-8810, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 39-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article surveys a “real world” ideal of online discussions using a bottom-up perspective to study current norms of independent debaters online. It contributes to the field with a qualitative and grounded analysis of solo grass-roots writers’ own debate norms – their ideas of the good and bad debates. Thus, the article does not ask, “Is their discussion democratic, and does it contribute to revitalizing democracy?” Instead, it asks, “What makes for a good online debate as described from a grass-roots perspective?” The results indicate that objectivity, respect and politeness are main themes in their descriptions, while the theme of emotion constitutes a contrast from the others. Concurrently, there are studies that discuss a more open understanding of online political participation that is moving away from strict Habermasian evaluations of online discussions. This can be considered a positive development for marginalized voices that are not writing in a purely rational argumentative manner. However, this article argues that the, in many aspects, counter-hegemonic writers in this study who could benefit from a broader approach, nevertheless, still value many traditional ideals.

National Category
Communication Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Science.
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-6690 (URN)4f5dd857-1757-4707-8918-3049ae191678 (Local ID)4f5dd857-1757-4707-8918-3049ae191678 (Archive number)4f5dd857-1757-4707-8918-3049ae191678 (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2014; 20140925 (larsof)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved
Alakärppä, I., Riekki, J., Larsson, S. & Jaakkola, E. (2011). Sound aided interface of a pervasive pain monitoring system (ed.). In: (Ed.), (Ed.), 5th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology: ISMICT 2011. Paper presented at ISMICT International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology : 27/03/2011 - 30/03/2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sound aided interface of a pervasive pain monitoring system
2011 (English)In: 5th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology: ISMICT 2011, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We have developed a new version of a pervasivesystem for monitoring and recording subjective painexperiences. The most important service the system offers to itsusers is real-time delivery of reported pain values from patientsto nurses. Pain experiences are expressed on a six-value scalefrom "no pain" to "worst possible pain". The system was testedin four sessions with 23 test users from Finland and Sweden. Themain goal of this study was to evaluate user experience of thepatient application and the sounds we designed for the userinterface. We tested four sound options; spoken, synthetic,xylophone and mute. The material was collected through groupdiscussions and questionnaires. Familiarity, the extent to whicha sound can be identified, and the quality and the pleasantnessof the sound were found to have an effect on forming a positiveexperience. Sounds describing pain levels have to be convincing.The context of use has to be taken into account as a primarydesign driver in a sound design process.

National Category
Communication Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Science.
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-30518 (URN)10.1109/ISMICT.2011.5759792 (DOI)45db8fd3-c65d-4323-85c9-7098fb2aa0bf (Local ID)978-1-4244-9444-6 (ISBN)45db8fd3-c65d-4323-85c9-7098fb2aa0bf (Archive number)45db8fd3-c65d-4323-85c9-7098fb2aa0bf (OAI)
Conference
ISMICT International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology : 27/03/2011 - 30/03/2011
Note
Godkänd; 2011; Bibliografisk uppgift: In Proceedings CD of the ISMICT 2011 5th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology. 27-30 March 2011, Montreux, Switzerland; 20110407 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Larsson, S. & Juntti-Henriksson, A.-K. (2011). Young women and participatory journalism: a pilot study to explore expectations and experiences within focus groups (ed.). Paper presented at NordMedia : 11/08/2011 - 13/08/2011. Paper presented at NordMedia : 11/08/2011 - 13/08/2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Young women and participatory journalism: a pilot study to explore expectations and experiences within focus groups
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Communication Studies
Research subject
Media and Communication Science.
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-38014 (URN)c41431ee-8796-45e0-8c9d-123247a1abb5 (Local ID)c41431ee-8796-45e0-8c9d-123247a1abb5 (Archive number)c41431ee-8796-45e0-8c9d-123247a1abb5 (OAI)
Conference
NordMedia : 11/08/2011 - 13/08/2011
Note
Godkänd; 2011; 20110703 (larsof)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
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