Discontentment trumps Euphoria

Autor(en)
Tobias Heidenreich, Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Fabienne Lind, Hajo Boomgaarden
Abstrakt

We investigate user engagement with politicians’ migration discourses on social media. In particular, we study the effects of message framing and support base attitudes on interactions on Facebook and Twitter in five European countries. Enriching automated analysis of social media content with survey data in a multilevel negative binomial regression approach, findings show that migration-related messages tend to elicit more interactions than other kinds of messages. Furthermore, the presence of a security frame in a migration-related message positively relates to user engagement. However, additional analyses suggest that the relevance of these frames differ between different political parties. In fact, a message gets an even higher number of interactions, when the dimension of the migration issue included in those framed messages is perceived more negatively by a party’s support base. The findings have important implications for communication strategies of political actors and the state of migration discourses on social media.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Externe Organisation(en)
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Journal
New Media & Society
ISSN
1461-4448
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177%2F14614448221074648
Publikationsdatum
02-2022
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft, 508014 Publizistik
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/discontentment-trumps-euphoria(f555265b-1158-453e-808e-f8fdee3b8182).html