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Expressive violence: the performative effects of subversive participatory media uses

Les effets performatifs des usages subversifs des médias participatifs dans la violence expressive
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Paton, Nathalie; Figeac, Julien

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Abstract This article discusses the communication strategies employed by 8 school shooters who used participatory media to frame their acts as well as their identity. By resorting to content analysis of 78 self-produced videos and 101 portraits, the findings show how audiovisual communication can be used to trigger the performative aspects of cultural scripts of contemporary forms of expressive violence and thus institutionalize a social movement (i.e. school shooting subculture). These proceedings produce association to a subversive movement, providing a political connotation to the act and a renewed positive identity.
Keywords pupil; violent crime; self-presentation; video; audiovisual media; Internet; violence; mediatization; subculture; identity; social recognition; psychosocial disorder
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Social Problems; Sociology of Communication, Sociology of Language, Sociolinguistics
Free Keywords expressive violence; school shooting; participatory media; performativity
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 231-256
Journal ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies, 8 (2015) 1
Issue topic Symbolic Communication
ISSN 1775-352X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial