Social media and the 2011 Vancouver riot

Trottier, D. and Schneider, C. 2013. Social media and the 2011 Vancouver riot. Studies in Symbolic Interaction. 40, pp. 335-362.

TitleSocial media and the 2011 Vancouver riot
AuthorsTrottier, D. and Schneider, C.
Abstract

A hockey riot occurred on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Riots involve crowds. The presence of social media changes the spatial and temporal elements of the crowd, a process that contributes to online collective interpretations of social events, including riots. A key element of this process concerns the definition of the situation. Using Qualitative Media Analysis, we illustrate how the researcher of everyday life can retrieve and examine an accumulation of “definitions of situations” from social media, a process that provides insight into collective interpretations, including how online users made sense of the Vancouver riot. We begin with a short overview of the riot, briefly profile collective behavior in relation to the definition of the situation, and contextualize the importance of media in this process. We then examine what select posts made on social media can tell us about collective meaning making in relation to the Vancouver riot. We conclude by suggesting some directions for future research.

JournalStudies in Symbolic Interaction
Journal citation40, pp. 335-362
ISSN0163-2396
Year2013
PublisherEmerald
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/S0163-2396(2013)0000040018
Publication dates
Published2013

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