Tweet elite: how women are leading the social media discussion
Social media is showing us that personal storytelling remains a key way of how we make sense of each other, and a new book by Dr Ruth Page from the School of English sheds light on how the language of social media is changing to reflect that.
Dr Page’s landmark study, an extensive critique of the language and storytelling in personal use of social media, runs counter to statistics showing that young women are under-represented as developers of social media sites.
As well as the developments in personal storytelling her book examines celebrity use of Twitter which, Dr Page concludes, is used to create an illusion of interaction and intimacy.
Stories and Social Media is published by Routledge as part of their Studies in Sociolinguistics series, priced at £80, and you can order a copy from the University Bookshop.