Governing with conversation culture–conditioning organizational interaction in a digital social movement

Salla Maaria Laaksonen*, Merja Porttikivi

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Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

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Abstrakti

Digital platforms support forms of collective action with varying degrees of organizationality–that is, with organization-like attributes such as identity, actorhood, and decision-making. These forms include seemingly non-organized online groups, which can be easily dismissed as informal chatter. Building on communicative theories of organizing and Luhmann’s Theory of Social Systems, we explore the communicative organizationality of a Facebook group related to urban planning. By analyzing private chat logs of the group administrators, we explore the group’s organizationality and the ways in which organizational and interactional communication become intertwined to produce and curate digital political discussions. Our findings illustrate how technological affordances built for moderation also support the strategic organization of discussions to orchestrate political talk. We conceptualize such operations as discursive conditioning of organizational interaction and suggest that political action online can be propelled not only by connecting people, but also by the powerful yet concealed tactic of conditioning public online discussions.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
JulkaisuINFORMATION COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaSähköinen julkaisu (e-pub) ennen painettua julkistusta - 21 tammikuuta 2021
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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