Subcultures in the online wilderness

Peter Denyer-Simmons, Mehmet Mehmet

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Social media data is an abundant source of insight into subcultures, however traditional approaches to classifying subcultures (such as class and demographics) are limited in their applicability online. This study uses appraisal to analyse Facebook comments in public discussions to identify and understand subcultures. It focuses on a contentious issue in Australian society, the culling of kangaroos. The findings are consistent with existing theories about wildlife attitudes and subcultures, two main groups were identified, referred to here as Cullers, who favour culling, and Guardians, who oppose culling. It supports previous research assertions that attitudes and values are central to the development of subcultures. Appraisal adds insight into complexity and contradictions within the two main groups, revealing various emphasis on economic, environmental, and rights positions, and points to future research using appraisal on 'sub-subcultures'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMention 2015
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Media and Communication
Place of PublicationMalaysia
PublisherPusat Pengajian Media Dan Komunikasi
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789832795308
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventMedia globalisation and the transformation of nation: Realities, challenges & aspirations - National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 05 Oct 201506 Oct 2015


ConferenceMedia globalisation and the transformation of nation: Realities, challenges & aspirations


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