The Twitter-thing (exhibition)

Retooling the parliament into issue publics

Andreas Birkbak, Tobias Bornakke, Irina Maria Clara Hansen Papazu

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPosterForskningpeer review

Resumé

Parliaments could seem to be highly issue-agnostic places. All sorts of problems move in and out. But issues make cuts. Some parliamentarians become attached to specific issues.

What if the parliament was approached not as a representation device for the national population, but as an assembly of multiple and constantly transforming issue-oriented publics? What kinds of issues come to the fore, how long does this last, and who associate themselves with them?

The aim of the Twitter-thing is to trace the cuts issues make in a parliament. Each time a parliamentarian use a hashtag in a tweet, a link is created between that hashtag and the parliamentarian. The tool then generates a network visualization showing how parliamentarians group around topics and issues.

The resulting ‘issue publics’ – or things in the sense of a collective aroused by an issue – are also ‘data publics’ because they are not necessarily aware of themselves as publics. At the same time, it is possible to self-select membership of these publics by using a specific hashtag. This raises the question of what feedback loops are at work between visualizations and those being visualized. How might a tool like the Twitter-thing change (parliamentary) politics? More generally, the tool prompts us to think about the fate of issues in institutionalized democracy.

The Twitter-thing invites users to explore these questions by making the network available in an interactive format that makes it possible to zoom, search for particular politicians, parties or hashtags, narrow down the network, and follow it over time.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2017
StatusUdgivet - 2017
BegivenhedData Publics - Lancaster University, Lancaster, Storbritannien
Varighed: 31 mar. 20172 apr. 2017
http://datapublics.net/programme/

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KonferenceData Publics
LokationLancaster University
LandStorbritannien
ByLancaster
Periode31/03/201702/04/2017
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Birkbak, A., Bornakke, T., & Papazu, I. M. C. H. (2017). The Twitter-thing (exhibition): Retooling the parliament into issue publics. Poster session præsenteret på Data Publics, Lancaster, Storbritannien.
Birkbak, Andreas ; Bornakke, Tobias ; Papazu, Irina Maria Clara Hansen. / The Twitter-thing (exhibition) : Retooling the parliament into issue publics. Poster session præsenteret på Data Publics, Lancaster, Storbritannien.
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Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPosterForskningpeer review

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