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Miljöinformation i vardagen : representationer av luftföroreningar på den kinesiska mikrobloggsajten Sina Weibo

Graminius, Carin LU (2017) ABMM54 20171
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
This study explores how micro-bloggers on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo have come to represent air pollution. By bringing visual and textual narratives on social media to the forefront, the aim of my study is to highlight an understudied everyday information aspect of pollution – the digital flow of visual and textual representations – which citizens encounter and co-produce in their everyday life. Furthermore, the study aims to explore what the representations of air pollution disclose about human-environmental relations and, by extension, how such ideas fit into the Chinese political vision of creating an ecological civilization. Following a practice theory approach, where information is seen as a practice produced in specific... (More)
This study explores how micro-bloggers on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo have come to represent air pollution. By bringing visual and textual narratives on social media to the forefront, the aim of my study is to highlight an understudied everyday information aspect of pollution – the digital flow of visual and textual representations – which citizens encounter and co-produce in their everyday life. Furthermore, the study aims to explore what the representations of air pollution disclose about human-environmental relations and, by extension, how such ideas fit into the Chinese political vision of creating an ecological civilization. Following a practice theory approach, where information is seen as a practice produced in specific social contexts and consisting of activities, objects and interactions, I look at how representations of objects, activities and conceptions on social media form “information clusters”. I use an ethnographic approach applied to an online setting to explore and collect posts on Sina Weibo. The ethnographic approach includes observation of the social context that the blog posts are part of. I arrange the collected data into categories based on objects, activities and conceptions, and I analyse my data in more detail by using a multi-modal analysis, which combines the analysis of both images and texts. My results show that several types of representations of air pollution form a normative cluster. Despite their narrative differences, the representations have an underlying factor in common, namely the acceptance of air pollution as a normal and natural feature in daily life. Yet, a smaller cluster of narratives tentatively breaks with the idea of air pollution as something normal. In the discussion, I relate the findings to political, theoretical, social and technical issues and discuss what factors influence how information is formed on Sina Weibo. I especially highlight the representation of a digital object, the air quality app, as central in a wider nexus of integrated elements. Finally, I conclude that air pollution is primarily presented on Sina Weibo as an issue that is self-contained and is not part of a larger narrative of human and environmental relations. (Less)
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author
Graminius, Carin LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Environmental Information in Everyday Life : representations of Air Pollution on the Chinese Micro-blogging Site Sina Weibo
course
ABMM54 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Air pollution, Smog, Information practices, Everyday Practices, China, Sina Weibo, PM2.5, Anthropocene, ALM, Library and Information Science luftföroreningar, informationspraktiker, vardagspraktiker, Kina, antropocen, ABM, biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap
language
Swedish
id
8910225
date added to LUP
2017-06-16 13:08:12
date last changed
2017-06-16 13:08:12
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  abstract     = {This study explores how micro-bloggers on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo have come to represent air pollution. By bringing visual and textual narratives on social media to the forefront, the aim of my study is to highlight an understudied everyday information aspect of pollution – the digital flow of visual and textual representations – which citizens encounter and co-produce in their everyday life. Furthermore, the study aims to explore what the representations of air pollution disclose about human-environmental relations and, by extension, how such ideas fit into the Chinese political vision of creating an ecological civilization. Following a practice theory approach, where information is seen as a practice produced in specific social contexts and consisting of activities, objects and interactions, I look at how representations of objects, activities and conceptions on social media form “information clusters”. I use an ethnographic approach applied to an online setting to explore and collect posts on Sina Weibo. The ethnographic approach includes observation of the social context that the blog posts are part of. I arrange the collected data into categories based on objects, activities and conceptions, and I analyse my data in more detail by using a multi-modal analysis, which combines the analysis of both images and texts. My results show that several types of representations of air pollution form a normative cluster. Despite their narrative differences, the representations have an underlying factor in common, namely the acceptance of air pollution as a normal and natural feature in daily life. Yet, a smaller cluster of narratives tentatively breaks with the idea of air pollution as something normal. In the discussion, I relate the findings to political, theoretical, social and technical issues and discuss what factors influence how information is formed on Sina Weibo. I especially highlight the representation of a digital object, the air quality app, as central in a wider nexus of integrated elements. Finally, I conclude that air pollution is primarily presented on Sina Weibo as an issue that is self-contained and is not part of a larger narrative of human and environmental relations.},
  author       = {Graminius, Carin},
  keyword      = {Air pollution,Smog,Information practices,Everyday Practices,China,Sina Weibo,PM2.5,Anthropocene,ALM,Library and Information Science luftföroreningar,informationspraktiker,vardagspraktiker,Kina,antropocen,ABM,biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Miljöinformation i vardagen : representationer av luftföroreningar på den kinesiska mikrobloggsajten Sina Weibo},
  year         = {2017},
}