Digital dialogues : the downfall of a Prime Minister and the role of Twitter
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There has been much debate about the role of real-time, mobile and public conversational platforms (such as Twitter) in political understanding, particularly during significant events. However, little empirical study has been done to explore just how these platforms relate to major events and to analyse their specific contribution to the political and social ‘conversation’ that results. This study explores current theory about these platforms as well as a specific case study - the 2010 Kevin Rudd Leadership Challenge (or "Spill" as it became known) - and also uses interviews with key figures in the debates about Twitter and related media to come to a clearer understanding of the role played by conversation and an engaged online community in the distribution of information and development of understanding during significant media events.
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