Type

Conference Proceedings

Authors

Padraig Cunningham
Joe Carthy
Maura Conway
Derek Greene
Nico Prucha
Derek O'Callaghan

Subjects

Mathematics

Topics
nmf online social media machine learning topic coherence topic modeling statistics lda social sciences

Online Social Media in the Syria Conflict: Encompassing the Extremes and the In-Betweens (2014)

Abstract The Syria conflict has been described as the mostsocially mediated in history, with online social media playing aparticularly important role. At the same time, the ever-changinglandscape of the conflict leads to difficulties in applying analysisapproaches taken by other studies of online political activism. Inthis paper, we propose an approach motivated by the GroundedTheory method, which is used within the social sciences to performanalysis in situations where key prior assumptions or the proposalof an advance hypothesis may not be possible. We apply thismethod to analyze Twitter and YouTube activity of a range ofprotagonists to the conflict in an attempt to reveal additionalinsights into the relationships between them. By means of anetwork representation that combines multiple data views, weuncover communities of accounts falling into four categories thatbroadly reflect the situation on the ground in Syria. A detailedanalysis of selected communities within the anti-regime categoriesis provided, focusing on their central actors, preferred onlineplatforms, and activity surrounding real world events. Ourfindings indicate that social media activity in Syria is considerablymore convoluted than reported in many other studies of onlinepolitical activism, suggesting that alternative analysis approachescan play an important role in this type of scenario.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Padraig Cunningham, Joe Carthy, Maura Conway, Derek Greene, Nico Prucha, Derek O'Callaghan

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Padraig Cunningham
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 164
 
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Joe Carthy
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 9
 
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Maura Conway
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 43
 
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Derek Greene
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 58
 
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Derek O'Callaghan
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 7