Where Agendas Collide: Online Talk and the Paralympics
Authors: Molesworth, M. and Scullion, R.
Place of Publication: London
This chapter discusses how the Paralympics resulted in talk in online communities, specifically ‘DigitalSpy’, one of the largest media and general interest discussion forums in the UK. We start with a consideration of online talk on ‘DigitalSpy’, noting its subject-base and temporal structure. We then consider specifically how the Paralympics was discussed including conversations in the build-up to the Games, during the event and any legacy of discussion left by the event. We argue that such analysis reveals much about the way people understood the Paralympics and their ability to raise issues relating to disability sport and disability more generally.
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Authors: Rushgrove, B. and Scullion, R.