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Love and Fear? Affect, Public Engagement and the Use of Facebook in HPV Vaccination Communication

Journal article
Authors Lisa Lindén
Published in Science & Technology Studies
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Language en
Keywords HPV vaccination, social media, affect, public engagement, health communication, science communication
Subject categories Technology and social change, Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Abstract

Social media are increasingly envisioned by public health authorities as a new promising arena for public engagement. Against this backdrop, this article attends to how citizens confirm, debate and resist governmental framings of health information. By drawing upon STS and affect theory, it centers on the digital mediation of feelings on a Facebook engagement site for HPV vaccination. While the public authorities framed HPV vaccination as a matter of love and fear, a wide register of positive and negative feelings were mediated on the site. The article proposes the notion of ‘digitalised literary devices’ to analyse how mundane literary habits, such as the use of punctuation, online have been transformed to digital devices that, for instance, mediate public feelings. By conceptualizing public engagement as ‘civic intensities’, it shows how digital devices, such as digitalised literary devices, mediate and intensify public feelings of engagement.

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