zondag 25 februari 2018

From Media Hype to Twitter Storm, News Explosions and Their Impact on Issues, Crises and Public Opinion.

Our new book was published this week: From Media Hype to Twitter Storm, News Explosions and Their Impact on Issues, Crises and Public Opinion. Edited by Peter Vasterman. Amsterdam University Press.  

The word media hype is often used as rhetorical argument to dismiss waves of media attention as overblown, disproportional and exaggerated. But these explosive news waves, as well as - nowadays - the twitter storms, are object of scientific research, because they are an important phenomenon in the public area. Sometimes it is indeed 'much ado about nothing' but in many cases these media storms have play an important role in political issues, scandals and crises. Twitter storms sometimes ruin reputations within hours. Although different concepts are used, such as media hypes, news waves, media storms, information cascades or risk amplification, all the studies in this book refer to the same process in which key events trigger a chain of reactions and interactions, building up huge news waves in the media or rapidly spreading social epidemics in the social media. This book offers the first comprehensive overview of this important topic. It is not only interesting for scholars and students in media and journalism, but also for professionals in PR and communication, crisis communication and reputation management.

The aim of this book is to bring together many of the above-mentioned scholars together in one book. It presents a varied collection of current and new studies, covering different theoretical perspectives and methodologies as well as detailed case studies. With thirty-one authors from eleven different countries, this book has a truly international scope. Chapters are not only about international hypes and online storms, but also about specific national events, crises, and media.


Contributing authors:

  • Hans Mathias Kepplinger (Germany)
  • Adam Auch (Canada)
  • Marcello Maneri (Italy)
  • Wouter van Atteveldt, Nel Ruigrok, Kasper Welbers, and Carina Jacobi (Netherlands)
  • Stefan Geiß (Germany)
  • Anne Hardy (Belgium)
  • Charlotte Wien (Denmark)
  • Thierry Giasson, Marie-Michèle Sauvageau, and Colette Brin (Quebec, Canada)
  • Gonçalo Pereira Rosa (Portugal)
  • Ik Jae Chung (South-Korea/USA)
  • Pernille Carlsson and Christian Elmelund-Præstekær (Denmark)
  • Audun Beyer and Tine Ustad Figenschou (Norway)
  • Marianne Paimre and Halliki Harro-Loit (Estonia)
  • Annie Waldherr (Germany)
  • Vivian Roese (Germany)
  • Andrea Cerase and Claudia Santoro (Italy)
  • Augustine Pang, Jeremiah Icanh Lim Limsico, Lishan Phong, Bernadette Joy Lopez Lareza, and Sim Yee Low (Singapore)