Bonomo, Joe W.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of English
Websites dedicated to leisure pursuits are often used to connect with others over a shared interest. Some allow and encourage participants to engage in discussion. This project examined the ways that one crafting website, Ravelry, attempts to maintain civil discourse among its users, as opposed to the sometimes hostile and aggressive interactions found on other sites. The study looked at its discussion moderation practices as its users discussed politics and then analyzed how this related to community norms and practices of civil public discourse. Discourse analysis of words, phrases, and interactions within representative discussion threads suggest that while Ravelry’s guidelines aim to create an atmosphere of warmth and inclusion, assistance from moderators, discourse norms enacted and enforced by users, and expectations of civil behavior work in concert. The study also found that while some participants discouraged any political discussion on the site and preferred to keep it politics-free, others were aware of the historical interplay between craft, rhetoric, and politics.
O'brien, Laura Steibel, "Examining political discourse on a crafting website" (2019). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 7503.
Northern Illinois University
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