This paper examines the role played by malevolent linguistic creativity in the generation and maintenance of anti-immigration communities on Twitter. In order to understand this phenomenon, we combined data science and qualitative techniques for the analysis of 112,789 pro- and anti-immigration tweets with a focus on their hashtags. Our analysis pointed to the fact that anti-immigration users on this social media platform have a distinct behavior and employ a series of specific strategies in creating echo chambers online. One of these strategies has to do with the use of new words and slogan variations which have a clear identity function and serve the pragmatic purpose of building community. Some reflections on the relation between creativity and social media are offered at the end.

De Saint Laurent, C., Glaveanu, V., Chaudet, C., Malevolent Creativity and Social Media: Creating Anti-immigration Communities on Twitter, <<CREATIVITY RESEARCH JOURNAL>>, 2020; 32 (1): 66-80. [doi:10.1080/10400419.2020.1712164] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/153927]

Malevolent Creativity and Social Media: Creating Anti-immigration Communities on Twitter

Glaveanu, V.;
2020

Abstract

This paper examines the role played by malevolent linguistic creativity in the generation and maintenance of anti-immigration communities on Twitter. In order to understand this phenomenon, we combined data science and qualitative techniques for the analysis of 112,789 pro- and anti-immigration tweets with a focus on their hashtags. Our analysis pointed to the fact that anti-immigration users on this social media platform have a distinct behavior and employ a series of specific strategies in creating echo chambers online. One of these strategies has to do with the use of new words and slogan variations which have a clear identity function and serve the pragmatic purpose of building community. Some reflections on the relation between creativity and social media are offered at the end.
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De Saint Laurent, C., Glaveanu, V., Chaudet, C., Malevolent Creativity and Social Media: Creating Anti-immigration Communities on Twitter, <<CREATIVITY RESEARCH JOURNAL>>, 2020; 32 (1): 66-80. [doi:10.1080/10400419.2020.1712164] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/153927]
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