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Article

Publication Date

2-1-2016

Publication Title

First Monday

Volume

21

Abstract

#DearCongress was prevalent within Twitter discourse during the 2013 U.S. government shutdown. The hashtag allowed a community to form by assembling around a common topic. What a group communicates through social networks cannot be separated from its context. This micro-analysis of #DearCongress utilizes discourse tracing through word clouds, guided by Bruns & Burgess’ concept of an ad hoc public. By looking at the commentary during a political and time stamped event, we can better understand the role discourse plays in group formation, evolution, and impact.

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Author Posting © First Monday, 2016. This article is posted here by permission of First Monday for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in First Monday, Vol. 21, 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v21i3.5498

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