Political topic-communities and their framing practices in the Dutch Twittersphere

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In light of the need for political plurality and informed debate this study questions information distribution and curation on Twitter. We contribute to the understanding of ideological homophily by exploring the notion of the ‘echo chamber’. Using a sample of two weeks of Dutch Twitter data, we combine network analysis of retweet networks, with qualitative reading and categorisation of engagement with media content in tweets within political topic communities. We found that media references were predominantly framed in affirmative ways in relation to the referenced medium content. Our findings show that users consciously select media messages that correspond with the general sentiment within their topic community, or frame them accordingly. We see this as a willful ‘echo chamber’, or a ‘repillarisation’.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalInternet Policy Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2018


  • network analysis
  • Twitter
  • Public sphere
  • fragmented audiences


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