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Stories are shared by millions of people online every day. They post and re-post interactions as they re-tell and respond to large-scale mediated events. These stories are important as they can bring people together, or polarise them in opposing groups. Narratives Online explores this new genre - the shared story - and uses carefully chosen case-studies to illustrate the complex processes of sharing as they are shaped by four international social media contexts: Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Building on discourse analytic research, Ruth Page develops a new framework - 'Mediated Narrative Analysis' - to address the large scale, multimodal nature of online narratives, helping researchers interpret the micro- and macro-level politics that are played out in computer-mediated communication.


'A box of delights: structured around case-studies from Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, this ambitious book succeeds in interweaving insights from a broad range of approaches to narrative analysis in a multi-faceted approach, whilst retaining coherence and lucidity of method and argument throughout. A much-needed, systematic and rigorous account of how stories are shared on social media as multimodal and multi-authored discourse activities, which deserves to be shared widely!'

Alexandra Georgakopoulou-Nunes - King’s College London

'An original piece of cutting-edge research in narrative and social media. It presents an innovative combination of methods applied to engaging case studies of shared stories in online contexts, thus developing our understanding of a new and complex narrative genre. A significant contribution to mediated narrative analysis, pushing forward the frontiers of the field. Multifaceted and stimulating. Share this story!'

Nina Nørgaard - University of Southern Denmark

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