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Mapping online visuals of shale gas controversy: a digital methods approach

Elaine Rabello, Efrat Gommeh, Andrea Benedetti, Tamara Metze, Gabriel Valerio-Urena

The internet is an increasingly influential actor and arena for debating emerging sustainability controversies, but studies often overlook the role of visualisations in online spreading of information. 

This paper offers a way to better understand this role: what images do competing online actors use, are there differences between opponents and proponents, differences between internet regions, and are there shifts in their online visualisations over time? Adopting a controversy studies perspective and the digital methods approach, we studied the online spread of visual information.