Welcome Or Not
Welcome Or Not
Abstract: The current Syrian refugee crisis has resulted in millions of Syrians fleeing their homes in search of safety and hope for their families. This flow of refugees and asylum seekers has both led to humanitarian efforts to assist these refugees as well as increasing views of refugees as a threat to receiving countries’ security and autonomy. Statements and discussions about the still-growing crisis have increasingly landed on social media platforms, including visual ones like Instagram and Pinterest. However, little is known about the information available on these platforms. The current study used a mixed method content analysis of a random sample of 750 Instagram posts and 750 Pinterest posts to evaluate the visual and textual messaging surrounding the ongoing refugee-crisis. Results show that Pinterest has a higher level of anti-refugee messaging than Instagram, that Pinterest includes more intensity in its visual components, and that refugee focused Instagram posts elicit significantly more comments than similar Pinterest posts. The study concludes with a set of recommendations for communications and public relations professionals that may help inform the development of visual-based messaging to counter antirefugee sentiment.
Effects of visuals in solutions journalism: A social media eye-tracking experimentBart Wojdynski, Kyser Lough, & Sohyun Park (current Ph.D. Student) (2023, August). “Effects of visuals in solutions journalism: A social media eye-tracking experiment.” Paper accepted for presentation at the 106th Annual Association for Education […]
Pushing Hands and Buttons: The Effects of Corporate Social Issue Stance Communication and Online Comment (In)Civility on Publics’ Emotional and Behavioral ResponsesWenqing Zhao (PhD student), Xuerong Lu (PhD alum), Yan Jin, and Toni van der Meer. “Pushing Hands and Buttons: The Effects of Corporate Social Issue Stance Communication and Online Comment (In)Civility on Publics’ Emotional […]