publication . Article . 2017

Measuring international relations in social media conversations

George A. Barnett; Weiai Wayne Xu; Jianxun Chu; Ke Jiang; Catherine U. Huh; Ji-Young Park; Han Woo Park;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017 Journal: Government Information Quarterly, volume 34, pages 37-44 (issn: 0740-624X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: United States
Abstract
© 2016 Elsevier Inc. This paper examines international relations as perceived by the public in their social media conversations. It examines over 1.8 billion Facebook postings in English and 51 million Chinese posts on Weibo, to reveal the relations among nations as expressed in social media conversations. It argues that social media represent a transnational electronic public sphere, in which public discussions reveal characteristics of international relations as perceived by a foreign public. The findings show that the international relations in social media postings match the core-peripheral structure proposed in the World Systems Theory. Additionally, the re...
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free text keywords: Facebook, Weibo, Network analysis, Information & Library Sciences, Library and Information Studies, Information Systems, Political science, Webometrics, Public attention, Social media, International relations, Public sphere, Media relations, World-systems theory, Public relations, business.industry, business
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