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Title: Media framing of trolling and online abuse: silencing strategies, symbolic violence and victim blaming
Authors: Lumsden, Karen
Morgan, Heather M.
Keywords: Online abuse
Trolling
Gender
Media
Rape
Victims
Social media
Symbolic violence
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: LUMSDEN, K. and MORGAN, H.M., 2017. Media framing of trolling and online abuse: silencing strategies, symbolic violence and victim blaming. Feminist Media Studies, In Press.
Abstract: This article draws on British newspaper reports in order to demonstrate that trolling, and the media’s subsequent framing of trolling, involves “silencing strategies”. It is important to examine how trolling is discussed within the media to understand how it might frame public opinion, debate and action, and implicitly victim blame. The article presents findings on: the forms of (online) abuse and behaviours related to trolling in media reports, including rape threats, death threats and body shaming. It also explores the media portrayal of victims of trolling, and the advice given concerning how to respond to trolls. To comply with the message to women, which is propagated in media and popular discourses: “do not feed the troll”, means that “symbolic violence” is exercised with the complicity of the victim(s) of trolling, which has broader implications.
Description: This paper is closed access until eighteen months after publication.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24489
Publisher Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfms20/current
ISSN: 1468-0777
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Social Sciences)

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