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Battling Mainstream Media, Commentators and Organized Debaters: Experiences from Citizens’ Online Opinion Writing in Sweden
2014 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, Vol. 35, no 2, 77-89 p.Article 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’ experi-ences 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.

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Göteborg, 2014. Vol. 35, no 2, 77-89 p.
Keyword [en]
citizen journalism, alternative media, opinion, Internet, counter-hegemony, me - dia participation
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Social Sciences
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Media
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3907OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3907DiVA: diva2:811958
Available from: 2015-05-13 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2015-05-13

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