Thematic centrality on Twitter: The case of #NiUnaMenos mobilisation

Santiago Giraldo-Luque, Núria Fernández-García, José Cristian Pérez-Arce

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Abstract

Despite democratizing discourse using new technologies, different studies have shown the internet and social media have limits in the public sphere when it comes to developing identities or long term collective actions. This paper analyzes the thematic centrality and participation in the hashtag #NiUnaMenos, which was part of a collective demonstration carried out in November 2016. Using screen-scraping, an analysis of 118,974 tweets was conducted. This analysis revealed Twitter can be used as a diffusion tool and a place of collective action against gender violence. However, Twitter cannot be considered a platform for building a social consensus or for changing preconceived ideas. This article concludes that Twitter can be used to expand a specific social protest event -a demonstration- through the thematic positioning of terms related to that event. Nevertheless, Twitter is not a useful tool for discussing or dismanteling the patriarchy and sexism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-105
JournalProfesional de la Informacion
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • #NiUnaMenos
  • Democracy
  • Participation
  • Political action
  • Public sphere
  • Social media
  • Social movements
  • Twitter
  • Women

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