Blogging Ferguson in Black and White

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NMEDIAC, The Journal Of New Media And Culture, Vol: 10, Issue: 1

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Douglas L. Mendenhall
Ferguson; race; blogs; Diction 7.0; incivility; social identity theory; Education; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Blog posts and appended comments about the shooting of a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, are analyzed for differences based on the race of the authors. Using Diction 7.0, a common word-counting program, seven differences are seen, with black-authored posts higher in commonality, cognition, hardship, human-interest, satisfaction, and self-reference, while white-authored posts are higher in use of collectives. From a social identity perspective, tonal differences do not appear to constitute differing levels of incivility.