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“Facebook’s about to know, Karen”: mobilising social media to sanction public conduct

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posted on 2024-02-29, 12:36 authored by Linda Walz, Jack B Joyce, Tilly FlintTilly Flint

This paper explores the social action of sanctioning an interlocutor’s conduct in public spaces through social media. Using membership categorisation analysis (Hester and Eglin 1997), we examine how, in offline face-to-face disputes filmed by one party, interactants deploy the name ‘Karen’ to sanction someone and threaten the transposition of the recording onto social media to impose accountability to the public at large. Our findings show how sanctioning through categorising an individual as a ‘Karen’ is interactionally achieved through framing conduct as entitled or otherwise problematic, distinguishing in-situ production of ‘Karen’ from a delivery that is perceptually unavailable to an interlocutor. We explore how social media functions as a resource to shape the ongoing encounter by orienting to the camera, and thus the online audience, as an external authority.

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  • Science

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

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Internet Pragmatics

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John Benjamins Publishing Company

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© John Benjamins Publishing Company

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This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Internet Pragmatics and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1075/ip.00104.wal

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2023-12-04

Publication date

2023-12-22

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

2542-3851

eISSN

2542-386X

Language

  • en

Depositor

Tilly Flint. Deposit date: 28 February 2024

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