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På Facebook är alla tiggare parasiter: En kvalitativ analys om en diskussionstråd på Facebook
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The internet is a place for people to express themselves, in both private and political purposes. Discussions on social media have a tendency to become rough. The aim of this study is to examine how a discussion within a controversal topic - EU-migrants and racism - looks in a Facebook thread created by a local Facebook group to see what kind of public sphere is present and also to examine the perspective from the discussion. The purpose of the study is to see what patterns that can be found within the discussion. The Facebook thread was studied through a qualitative textual analysis. Thereafter, interviews were conducted with randomly selected participants of the studied Facebook thread. Finally, the content and interviews were analysed using the Habermasian public sphere perspective with focus on the Internet.The results of the study shows that some choices and formulations of words are consistent within the studied Facebook thread in terms of how the participants speak about EU-migrants. They are described as criminals, riffraff, thieves and parasites. The thread has gotten consequences in reality because of the discussion that started on Facebook soon evolved to the point where some participants searched for these talked-about EU-migrants, which led to them leaving the city during some time. In the thread, taunts and lies appears within the comments while good and valid arguments are ignored. Despite this, results of the study show that most of the participants believe that it is for a good reason the discussion has started, and that the Facebook group made it possible. This is because the Internet is the place where the "average citizen" have the possibility to express oneself freely. Several examples in this study show that there are often people with racist opinions who defends the freedom of speech online.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Tiggare, EU-migranter, rasism, rasist, Facebook, fffentlighet, nätoffentlighet, Habermas, invandringspolitik, nätdiskussioner
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-53352Local ID: a6151ae4-c6cc-4357-b569-4ffc7d3e66b4OAI: diva2:1026726
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Media and Communication Science, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20150630 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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