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  • From Media Hype to Twitter Storm: News Explosions and Their Impact on Issues, Crises and Public Opinion
  • Edited by Peter Vasterman
  • 2018
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  • Published by: Amsterdam University Press
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The word media hype is often used as rhetorical argument to dismiss waves of media attention as overblown, disproportional and exaggerated. But these explosive news waves, as well as - nowadays - the twitter storms, are object of scientific research, because they are an important phenomenon in the public area. Sometimes it is indeed 'much ado about nothing' but in many cases these media storms have play an important role in political issues, scandals and crises. Twitter storms sometimes ruin reputations within hours. Although different concepts are used, such as media hypes, news waves, media storms, information cascades or risk amplification, all the studies in this book refer to the same process in which key events trigger a chain of reactions and interactions, building up huge news waves in the media or rapidly spreading social epidemics in the social media. This book offers the first comprehensive overview of this important topic. It is not only interesting for scholars and students in media and journalism, but also for professionals in PR and communication, crisis communication and reputation management.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page
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  1. Copyright, Epigraph
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 17-36
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  1. I. Theory, concepts, and methodology
  1. 1. Media hypes, moral panics, and the ambiguous nature of facts
  2. pp. 37-60
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  1. 2. News waves in a changing media landscape 1950-2014
  2. pp. 61-82
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  1. 3. The dynamics of media attention to issues
  2. pp. 83-114
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  1. 4. Hype, argumentation, and scientific dissemination
  2. pp. 115-130
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  1. II. Anatomy of self-reinforcing dynamics: Case studies
  1. 5. The mechanisms of media storms
  2. pp. 131-148
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  1. 6. Much ado about nothing
  2. pp. 149-166
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  1. 7. From media wave to media tsunami
  2. pp. 167-186
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  1. 8. How a small-scale panic turns into an unstoppable news wave about mass mugging on the beach
  2. pp. 187-208
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  1. III. Impact on issues, crises, and public opinion
  1. 9. Dynamics of media hype: Interactivity of the media and the public
  2. pp. 209-228
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  1. 10. Why and how media storms affect front-line workers
  2. pp. 229-248
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  1. 11. Media hypes and public opinion
  2. pp. 249-266
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  1. 12. News waves generating attentionscapes
  2. pp. 267-288
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  1. IV. Interactivity: The role of social media
  1. 13.Modelling issue-attention dynamics in a hybrid media system
  2. pp. 289-312
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  1. 14. You won’t believe how co-dependent they are
  2. pp. 313-332
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  1. 15. From racial hoaxes to media hypes
  2. pp. 333-354
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  1. 16. Reputational damage on Twitter #hijack
  2. pp. 355-382
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  1. List of figures and tables
  2. pp. 383-384
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  1. Index of names
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  1. Index of subjects
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048532100
Related ISBN(s)
9789462982178
MARC Record
OCLC
1178720826
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-28
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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