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Looking out or turning in?: organisational ramifications of online political posters on Facebook

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Press/Politics
Issue number3
Volume21
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)313-337
StatePublished
Early online date10/05/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Academic analysis of the growth and nature of political campaigning online has concentrated largely on textual interactions between politicians, parties, their members and supporters as well as voters more widely. In evaluating the shift from traditional to online campaigning techniques the use of social media’s increasingly visual capabilities has been comparatively neglected in research. This article considers one type of online visual political communication, the online political poster, in terms of its strategic campaign functions relating to persuasive and organisational roles. The article uses a case study of an extensive dataset of online political posters collected from political parties in the UK, on Facebook, between September 2013 through to and including the General Election in May 2015, to try to understand how parties used online political posters and how audiences responded to them. The findings show that despite a clear emphasis on sharing images, very few received widespread attention arguably limiting their persuasive role. However, their prevalence suggests a role relating to parties trying to maintain relationships with existing online supporters as a form of displaying virtual presence, credibility and belonging, paralleling the function of traditional window posters and yard signs but in a social media setting.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, International Journal of Press/Politics, 21 (3), 2016, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2016 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the International Journal of Press/Politics Theory page http://hij.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/