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‘So the justice system was to blame yet again’: Discourses of betrayal and retribution on Facebook

Journal Article


Abstract


  • There is a significant body of research exploring the participatory capacity of

    social media across a range of public arenas, including political movements,

    environmental issues, local government and non-profit advocacy. As

    interactive and user-generated spaces, social media offers dynamic

    potential to discuss, contest and engage in public life. This article contributes

    to the emerging field of research examining the opportunities for public

    engagement with criminal justice processes and issues through social

    media. In particular, the focus of this article is exploring how understandings

    of criminal justice institutions and criminal punishment are constructed and

    circulated within social media. To do so, the research draws on a case study

    of the Facebook response to the murder of Ms Gillian (Jill) Meagher and the

    arrest of Adrian Ernest Bayley in Victoria, Australia in 2012. Through a

    qualitative critical discourse analysis of 3200 posts on the Facebook page,

    RIP Jill Meagher, the article uncovers broader discourses on crime and

    justice facilitated by social media.1

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • K. P. Tubridy, '‘So the justice system was to blame yet again’: Discourses of betrayal and retribution on Facebook' (2018) 22 Media and Arts Law Review 382-402.

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 382

End Page


  • 402

Volume


  • 22

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • There is a significant body of research exploring the participatory capacity of

    social media across a range of public arenas, including political movements,

    environmental issues, local government and non-profit advocacy. As

    interactive and user-generated spaces, social media offers dynamic

    potential to discuss, contest and engage in public life. This article contributes

    to the emerging field of research examining the opportunities for public

    engagement with criminal justice processes and issues through social

    media. In particular, the focus of this article is exploring how understandings

    of criminal justice institutions and criminal punishment are constructed and

    circulated within social media. To do so, the research draws on a case study

    of the Facebook response to the murder of Ms Gillian (Jill) Meagher and the

    arrest of Adrian Ernest Bayley in Victoria, Australia in 2012. Through a

    qualitative critical discourse analysis of 3200 posts on the Facebook page,

    RIP Jill Meagher, the article uncovers broader discourses on crime and

    justice facilitated by social media.1

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • K. P. Tubridy, '‘So the justice system was to blame yet again’: Discourses of betrayal and retribution on Facebook' (2018) 22 Media and Arts Law Review 382-402.

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 382

End Page


  • 402

Volume


  • 22

Place Of Publication


  • Australia