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Narrative and violence: the Brazilian Autumn coverage on Twitter

Recuero, R., Bastos, M. T. & Zago, G. (2014). Narrative and violence: the Brazilian Autumn coverage on Twitter. Matrizes, 8(2), doi: 10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v8i2p191-217


This paper analyses the media coverage of the Brazilian protests that happened in June 2013. We monitored 2,852 tweets from ten news organizations and newspapers that were covering the events on Twitter and, based on content analysis, we compared and identiied messages focusing on violence aspects of the manifestations. We also compared this discourse to oicial data from 268 protests that occurred during the same timeframe, regarding deaths, injuries and arrests. Our results indicate that news coverage on Twitter diverged from official sources, amplifying the violence discourse by focusing tweets’ contents on this topic.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Permission to include this article granted by the publisher.
Publisher Keywords: Twitter, bias, violence, narratives, protests
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
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