Structural Changes in Online Discussion Networks: Evidence From a Case in China

Yang Yang, Rony Medaglia

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    Abstrakt

    Social networking platforms in China provide a hugely interesting and relevant source for understanding dynamics of online discussions in a unique socio-cultural and institutional environment. This paper investigates the evolution of patterns of similar-minded and different-minded interactions over time on an online discussion platform. We analyse the content and reply networks of 18,000+ messages on four highly debated topics on the Chinese BBS platform Tianya in 2011. Findings illustrate the opinion distribution of the message networks, providing nuanced evidence to the phenomenon of group polarization. The study aims at providing background for future investigation on independent variables of the observed phenomena, and on a focus on increasingly popular social media platforms in China.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelProceedings of The International Workshop of Information Technology and Internet Finance, Chengdu, China 25 June 2014
    RedaktørerKarl Reiner Lang, Hong Sheng
    Antal sider13
    UdgivelsesstedChengdu
    ForlagSouthwestern University of Finance and Economics [Chengdu, Sichuan]
    Publikationsdato2014
    StatusUdgivet - 2014
    BegivenhedThe 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2014 - Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), Chengdu, Kina
    Varighed: 24 jun. 201428 jun. 2014
    Konferencens nummer: 18
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    Konference

    KonferenceThe 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2014
    Nummer18
    LokationSouthwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE)
    LandKina
    ByChengdu
    Periode24/06/201428/06/2014
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    Emneord

    • Social network analysis
    • Online discussion platform
    • China

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