[Air-L] Blogs & Twitter Research in the Nigerian Context

Sukai Bojang s.bojang at gmail.com
Mon Dec 27 03:12:34 PST 2010


Wale

I am interested in viewing your website but unfortunately, it did not open.
Have you got a new one?

Sukai M Bojang
PhD student at De Montfort University
Leicester, United Kingdom

On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 4:37 PM, Kamela Heyward <ksh at anthro.umass.edu>wrote:

> Though I am not presently researching Nigerian Internet communication, I
> have a growing interest in this topic.  For the past year I have been
> writing my dissertation chapters in Ife, Nigeria.  While here I have been
> intrigued by Nigerians use of social media and would like to learn more.
>
> I am presently finishing up my three year (2007-2009) online ethnographic
> analysis which looks at everyday dialogues on African American websites
> political message boards as an expression of political empowerment and
> contemporary African American community online.
>
> If I can be of any assistance, let me know.
>
>
> Kamela Heyward-Rotimi
> Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Anthropology
> Department of Anthropology
> University of Massachusetts at Amherst
> Amherst, MA  01003
> ksh at anthro.umass.edu
>
> Quoting walegzy at email.com:
>
>  Dear Ifukor,
>>
>> I have been working on this area as far back as 2002 with Innovation in
>> Advertising: An Appraisal of Nigeria's Internet Marketing (Unpublished B.A.
>> Thesis, Communication & Language Arts Department, University of Ibadan,
>> Nigeria). I also did Semiotic Anlysis of Computer-Mediated Communication in
>> Selected Instant Messages of Nigerian Students for my M.A. thesis at the
>> same Department. Published version of this can be viewed at
>> ckbg.altervista.org/WordPress/wp-content/uploads/2008/.../shoki-paola.pdf
>>
>>
>> I also have a chapter publication in Studies in Slang and Slogan published
>> by Lincom-Europa 2010, where I focus on the the linguistic slang of Nigerian
>> Internet Fraudsters.
>>
>> So far, I have been engaging in Internet Studies/New media for close to a
>> decade, and on it I am doing my Ph.D, using the theoretical frameworks in
>> Discourse Analysis (Pragmatics) and Cultural Studies.
>>
>> Let me know where I can be of help.
>>
>>
>> 'Wale Oni
>> Communication Studies Unit; Department of Languages & Linguistics
>> College of Humanities & Culture
>> Osun State University, (Ikire Campus) Nigeria
>> +234 8056673899
>> alt.email: olawaleoni at ymail.com
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Presley Ifukor <pifukor at yahoo.com>
>> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>> Sent: Sat, Dec 18, 2010 6:42 am
>> Subject: [Air-L] Blogs & Twitter Research in the Nigerian Context
>>
>> I am new to the list and was wondering if there's anyone working on
>> Nigerian
>> Internet discourse / communication.
>>
>>
>> My paper on "Blogging and Twittering the Nigerian 2007 General Elections"
>> has
>> just been published in the December 2010 issue of Bulletin of Science,
>> Technology & Society: http://bst.sagepub.com/content/30/6/398
>>
>>
>> This article examines the linguistic construction of textual messages in
>> the use
>> of blogs and Twitter in the Nigerian 2007 electoral cycle comprising the
>> April
>> 2007 general elections and rerun elections in April, May, and August 2009.
>> A
>> qualitative approach of discourse analysis is used to present a variety of
>> discursive acts that blogging and microblogging afford social media users
>> during
>> the electoral cycle. The data are culled from 245 blog posts and 923
>> tweets. The
>> thesis of the study is that citizens’ access to social media
>> electronically
>> empowers the electorates to be actively involved in democratic governance.
>> Electronic empowerment is a direct result of access to social media (and
>> mobile
>> telephony) by more citizens who constitute the electorates. This
>> encourages more
>> public discussions about politics and makes the democratic process more
>> dynamic
>> than in the pre-social media era. An analysis of the data shows that there
>> is a
>> dialectical relationship between social media discourse and the process of
>> political empowerment.
>>
>>
>>
>> The paper is part of my PhD at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. The
>> project's synopsis and related publications are here:
>> http://www.ifaa.uni-osnabrueck.de/Sprachwissenschaft/PhdProjects-Ifukor
>>
>>
>> Thank you and best of the season,
>>
>> Presley Ifukor
>> Osnabrueck, Germany
>>
>>
>>
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