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Audiences as publics: tweeting with the television on

Evelien D'heer (UGent) , Pieter Verdegem (UGent) and Cédric Courtois (UGent)
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Watching and talking about television is no longer a private experience confined to the living room. This paper presents a study on Twitter conversation whilst watching television and discusses the findings in the ongoing debates on Twitter research. Via a multi-method approach, we investigate Twitter conversation on a Belgian current affair program. Through the interpretation of the public character of meaning-making, we acknowledge how viewers come to constitute publics. In addition, specific ethical and theoretical issues related to the study are defined and discussed. Via the description of practical examples, we contribute to the ongoing discussion on internet research and Twitter research in particular. Future endeavors are outlined to grasp and understand audience activity in this media manifold.
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Twitter, Television, Audience

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D’heer, Evelien, Pieter Verdegem, and Cédric Courtois. 2013. “Audiences as Publics: Tweeting with the Television On.” In Selected Papers of Internet Research, ed. Suely Fragoso, Andrew Herman, Axel Bruns, Kathleen O’Roirdan, and Jocelyn Williams. Vol. 3. Denver, USA: Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR).
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D’heer, E., Verdegem, P., & Courtois, C. (2013). Audiences as publics: tweeting with the television on. In S. Fragoso, A. Herman, A. Bruns, K. O’Roirdan, & J. Williams (Eds.), Selected Papers of Internet Research (Vol. 3). Presented at the Resistance & Appropriation (IR14 - 2013), Denver, USA: Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR).
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D’heer E, Verdegem P, Courtois C. Audiences as publics: tweeting with the television on. In: Fragoso S, Herman A, Bruns A, O’Roirdan K, Williams J, editors. Selected Papers of Internet Research. Denver, USA: Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR); 2013.
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D’heer, Evelien, Pieter Verdegem, and Cédric Courtois. “Audiences as Publics: Tweeting with the Television On.” Selected Papers of Internet Research. Ed. Suely Fragoso et al. Vol. 3. Denver, USA: Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), 2013. Print.
@inproceedings{4178559,
  abstract     = {Watching and talking about television is no longer a private experience confined to the living room. This paper presents a study on Twitter conversation whilst watching television and discusses the findings in the  ongoing debates  on  Twitter  research.  Via  a  multi-method  approach,  we  investigate  Twitter  conversation  on  a  Belgian current affair program. Through the interpretation  of the public character of meaning-making, we acknowledge how viewers come to constitute publics. In addition, specific ethical and theoretical issues related to the study are defined  and  discussed.  Via  the  description  of  practical  examples,  we  contribute  to  the  ongoing  discussion  on internet  research  and  Twitter  research  in  particular.  Future  endeavors  are  outlined  to  grasp  and  understand audience activity in this media manifold.},
  author       = {D'heer, Evelien and Verdegem, Pieter and Courtois, C{\'e}dric},
  booktitle    = {Selected Papers of Internet Research},
  editor       = {Fragoso, Suely and Herman, Andrew and Bruns, Axel and O'Roirdan, Kathleen  and Williams, Jocelyn},
  issn         = {2162-3317},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Denver, USA},
  pages        = {3},
  publisher    = {Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)},
  title        = {Audiences as publics: tweeting with the television on},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2013},
}