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The narrative rhythm of terror: : A study of the Stockholm terrorist attack and the 'Last Night in Sweden' event

Cassinger, Cecilia LU ; Eksell, Jörgen LU ; Månsson, Maria LU and Thufvesson, Ola LU (2018) In International Journal of Tourism Cities 4(4). p.484-494
Abstract
Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine how the mediatisation of terror attacks affects the brand image of tourism cities.
Design/methodology/approach

Informed by theories of mediatisation and space, the study analyses two different types of terror attacks in Sweden during 2017 as media events. The focus of analysis is on identifying spatial and temporal patterns that underpin the narrative rhythm of the discussions of the events on Twitter and online news platforms.
Findings

The findings demonstrate that the unfolding of the events can be divided into three phases of varying intensity in rhythm and implications for city brand image. The manifestation of an imaginary terror attack in a digital... (More)
Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine how the mediatisation of terror attacks affects the brand image of tourism cities.
Design/methodology/approach

Informed by theories of mediatisation and space, the study analyses two different types of terror attacks in Sweden during 2017 as media events. The focus of analysis is on identifying spatial and temporal patterns that underpin the narrative rhythm of the discussions of the events on Twitter and online news platforms.
Findings

The findings demonstrate that the unfolding of the events can be divided into three phases of varying intensity in rhythm and implications for city brand image. The manifestation of an imaginary terror attack in a digital environment had a greater impact on the narratives of the city than an actual one.
Research limitations/implications

Rythmanalysis is introduced as a useful device to examine how urban space is mediatised through social media and online news flows.
Originality/value

The study contributes with novel knowledge on the mediatisation of city space on digital media platforms in a post-truth world. It shows that city administrations need to deal with both real and imaginary terror attacks, especially when there is an already established negative image of the city. (Less)
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terrorism, place branding, narrative, rhythm, tourism
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International Journal of Tourism Cities
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4
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4
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484 - 494
publisher
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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  • scopus:85053035314
ISSN
2056-5607
DOI
10.1108/IJTC-04-2018-0030
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English
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yes
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1b4946c3-c6b9-47bb-a75a-06a19721e24a
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2018-06-06 17:18:11
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  abstract     = {Purpose<br/><br/>The purpose of this paper is to examine how the mediatisation of terror attacks affects the brand image of tourism cities.<br/>Design/methodology/approach<br/><br/>Informed by theories of mediatisation and space, the study analyses two different types of terror attacks in Sweden during 2017 as media events. The focus of analysis is on identifying spatial and temporal patterns that underpin the narrative rhythm of the discussions of the events on Twitter and online news platforms.<br/>Findings<br/><br/>The findings demonstrate that the unfolding of the events can be divided into three phases of varying intensity in rhythm and implications for city brand image. The manifestation of an imaginary terror attack in a digital environment had a greater impact on the narratives of the city than an actual one.<br/>Research limitations/implications<br/><br/>Rythmanalysis is introduced as a useful device to examine how urban space is mediatised through social media and online news flows.<br/>Originality/value<br/><br/>The study contributes with novel knowledge on the mediatisation of city space on digital media platforms in a post-truth world. It shows that city administrations need to deal with both real and imaginary terror attacks, especially when there is an already established negative image of the city.},
  author       = {Cassinger, Cecilia and Eksell, Jörgen and Månsson, Maria and Thufvesson, Ola},
  issn         = {2056-5607},
  keyword      = {terrorism,place branding,narrative,rhythm,tourism},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {484--494},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {International Journal of Tourism Cities},
  title        = {The narrative rhythm of terror: : A study of the Stockholm terrorist attack and the 'Last Night in Sweden' event},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJTC-04-2018-0030},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {2018},
}