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postgraduate thesis: Social media and human flesh search in Hong Kong

TitleSocial media and human flesh search in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Yu, S. [余小美]. (2015). Social media and human flesh search in Hong Kong. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5558897
AbstractThis research seeks to explore what motivates people to engage in human flesh search, what are the justification of practice and ends of human flesh search and in what ways has social media shaped people’s notions of “truth”, “rightness” and “wrongness”. Durkheim (1893) used the term “public wrath” to link crime, punishment and communication together which builds a strong theoretical base in this research. However, the development and influence of the internet on crime and communication in the late modern society challenge the traditional notion of “public wrath”. Based on the textual analysis on 790 news reports by keyword search on the WiseNews database from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2014 as well as 2 semi-structured interviews with human flesh searchers, this research identified the motivations of human flesh search from the perspectives of mass media and the interviewees. Further, the research findings illustrated that interviewees justify their practice of human flesh search by the result of human flesh search. Besides, this research indicated that “rightness”, “wrongness” and “truth” are socially constructed by human flesh searchers. Through the number of “hits” and “share” on the internet, the notion of “truth” is redefined and reinforced.
DegreeMaster of Social Sciences
SubjectSocial media - Social aspects - China - Hong Kong
Dept/ProgramCriminology
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219927

 

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dc.contributor.authorYu, Siu-mei-
dc.contributor.author余小美-
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-02T23:16:29Z-
dc.date.available2015-10-02T23:16:29Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationYu, S. [余小美]. (2015). Social media and human flesh search in Hong Kong. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5558897-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219927-
dc.description.abstractThis research seeks to explore what motivates people to engage in human flesh search, what are the justification of practice and ends of human flesh search and in what ways has social media shaped people’s notions of “truth”, “rightness” and “wrongness”. Durkheim (1893) used the term “public wrath” to link crime, punishment and communication together which builds a strong theoretical base in this research. However, the development and influence of the internet on crime and communication in the late modern society challenge the traditional notion of “public wrath”. Based on the textual analysis on 790 news reports by keyword search on the WiseNews database from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2014 as well as 2 semi-structured interviews with human flesh searchers, this research identified the motivations of human flesh search from the perspectives of mass media and the interviewees. Further, the research findings illustrated that interviewees justify their practice of human flesh search by the result of human flesh search. Besides, this research indicated that “rightness”, “wrongness” and “truth” are socially constructed by human flesh searchers. Through the number of “hits” and “share” on the internet, the notion of “truth” is redefined and reinforced.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.lcshSocial media - Social aspects - China - Hong Kong-
dc.titleSocial media and human flesh search in Hong Kong-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5558897-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Social Sciences-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineCriminology-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-

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