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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
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, 17 (6), pp.926-940.
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 is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Feminist Media Studies on 27 Apr 2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2017.1316755.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1316755
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24489
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2017.1316755
ISSN: 1468-0777
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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