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

walegzy at email.com walegzy at email.com
Sun Dec 19 14:07:48 PST 2010

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Advertising: An Appraisal of Nigeria's Internet Marketing (Unpublished 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 

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 
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 
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 
empowers the electorates to be actively involved in democratic 
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 
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 
political empowerment.

The paper is part of my PhD at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. 
project's synopsis and related publications are here:
Thank you and best of the season,
Presley Ifukor
Osnabrueck, Germany

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