Affective Publics: Sentiment, Technology, and Politics

Paperback | December 3, 2014

byZizi Papacharissi

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Over the past few decades, we have witnessed the growth of movements using digital means to connect with broader interest groups and express their points of view. These movements emerge out of distinct contexts and yield different outcomes, but tend to share one thing in common: online andoffline solidarity shaped around the public display of emotion. Social media facilitate feelings of engagement, in ways that frequently make people feel re-energized about politics. In doing so, media do not make or break revolutions but they do lend emerging, storytelling publics their own meansfor feeling their way into events, frequently by making those involved a part of the developing story. Technologies network us but it is our stories that connect us to each other, making us feel close to some and distancing us from others. Affective Publics explores how storytelling practices facilitate engagement among movements tuning into a current issue or event by employing three case studies: Arab Spring movements, various iterations of Occupy, and everyday casual political expressions as traced through the archives of trendingtopics on Twitter. It traces how affective publics materialize and disband around connective conduits of sentiment every day and find their voice through the soft structures of feeling sustained by societies. Using original quantitative and qualitative data, Affective Publics demonstrates, in thisgroundbreaking analysis, that it is through these soft structures that affective publics connect, disrupt, and feel their way into everyday politics.

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Over the past few decades, we have witnessed the growth of movements using digital means to connect with broader interest groups and express their points of view. These movements emerge out of distinct contexts and yield different outcomes, but tend to share one thing in common: online andoffline solidarity shaped around the public dis...

Zizi Papacharissi is professor and head of the Communication Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her books include A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010), A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010), and Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas (Ta...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.51 inPublished:December 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPrelude1. The Present Affect2. Affective News and Networked Publics3. Affective Demands and the New Political4. The Personal as Political: Everyday Disruptions of the Political Mainstream5. Affective PublicsNotesReferencesIndex

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"A compelling and necessary read. Papacharissi shows how fact, opinion and feeling are threaded together on social platforms to create affective publics. Where the traditional accounts of normative civic debate online have rejected emotion, this book opens up the potential of messiness,intensity and pathos in networked media." --Kate Crawford, professor, and author of Adult Themes