Uncovering Online Commenting Culture: Trolls, Fanboys and Lurkers

By Renée Barnes

In today’s digital world our social interactions often take place in the form of written comments. We chat, disagree, worship, vent, confess, and even attack in written form in public digital spaces. Drawing on scholarly literature from media and cultural studies, psychology and sociology, Uncovering Commenting Culture charts this commenting territory and outlines why we behave in these ways online.

In this timely book, Renee Barnes provides a participatory model for understanding commenting culture that is based on the premise that our behaviours online –including those that cause us most the concern– are not so much an internet problem as a social problem.

By looking at a wide variety of online commenting habitats, from the comment threads following news stories, through to specialist forums and social media platforms, the volume provides a comprehensive understanding of the role of online commenting in society and provides suggestions for how we might mitigate bad behaviours.

Renée Barnes is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, and a IAMCR member.

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Uncovering Online Commenting Culture: Trolls, Fanboys and Lurkers
Author: Renée Barnes
Published: 2018
Pages: 133
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 978-3-319-70235-3

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