Merry christmas and happy new year!

This year has been eventful for the DECIDIS research group: we have hosted two public events, took part in various national and international conferences plus published several research reports and articles. At the moment we are preparing the new DECIDIS survey and we are working on several greater research projects, which we are looking forward to share with you in the new year. For now, we would like to say TAK for this year, for all the inspiring conversations and discussions around democracy and citizenship in the digital society. Enjoy your holidays and see you "on the other side" - the DECIDIS research team.

New PhD fellow: Troels Runge

DECIDIS welcomes PhD Fellow Troels Runge, who holds a Master of Arts in Media Science degree from the University of Copenhagen. Troels has been following Danish politics on social media for several years and his research interests include political communication and agenda setting on social media, as well as social and legacy media, media systems, media logic and mediatization. Currently, Troels is writing his PhD dissertation on how Danish politicians use social media for campaigning and in elections, and how the interplay with news media and the public on social media influence the media ecology. Contact:

Latest DECIDIS research

The smartphone's role in the contemporary backpacking experience (Anders Sundes Løvlie with Everiin Silas, IT University of Copenhagen and Rich Ling, Nanyang Technological University)
In this study we explore the smartphone’s role in the contemporary international backpacking experience. This paper will examine backpackers’ perceived changes in mediated interaction and personal attitudes towards phone use in co-present situations pre-trip, on-trip, and post-trip. John Urry and Jonas Larsen’s theory on tourist performances as well as Cody M. Paris et al.’s experiences of technology induced anxieties and tensions while traveling provide a conceptual framework for the analysis. A sample of 11 backpackers were interviewed at youth dormitories in Indonesia and Malaysia. Post-trip interviews were conducted primarily online through Skype. The findings suggest that there is an ideal of staying offline while traveling. Yet, backpackers report connecting daily with their smartphones and reveal a travel-time legitimacy for sharing updates and receiving attention on social media. After the trip, backpackers perceived a reduction in their own phone use and an increased tolerance for others’ phone use in their presence (full article).

Contested Hashtags: Blockupy Frankfurt in Social Media (Christina Neumayer with Luca Rossi and Björn Karlsson)
This research starts from an activist-centric perspective and explores how different actors interfere in activist communication in social media. We pursue this inquiry through a case study of the Blockupy action against the opening of the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on March 18, 2015. The investigation combines an ethnographic inquiry into activists’ social media tactics with a social network analysis of Twitter hashtags to explore how these tactics materialize in social media. The inquiry enhances our understanding of the consequences of activists’ use of corporate social media by identifying actors, communication, and networks. Moreover, although activists define Twitter hashtags as theirs, our research shows increasing police use of them, hindering activists’ attempts to communicate alternative perspectives (full article).

Reading suggestions (Aske Kammer's advents calender)
Aske is counting down to Christmas by sharing a piece of media/communication/journalism research every day December 1-24. He shares the studies on Twitter, using the (as he himself says) not-really-that-good hashtag #askesjul. The aim is to bridge the gap between the research community and the world outside of Academia and hopefully this contributes to a closer dialogue between the two.The list is, of course, not exhaustive as there is tons of superb research out there that could have been included – however, according to Aske, there are only 24 days until Christmas … (reading suggestions).



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