Virtual Communication and Social Networks

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ISSN / EISSN: 27824799 / 27824802
Total articles ≅ 18

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Dmitriy Devyatiyarov
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 191-195;

The article deals with the structure and content of the network frame hostile encounter in the Internet comments to a Russian video that featured the special military operation in Ukraine. The current political situation has turned many Internet resources into a platform of information-psychological warfare. Network discourse is anonymous and moderated by the resource owners. For instance, YouTube videos and comments can have a manipulative effect on Internet users, who develop certain mental frames as a result of interaction of mental and language structures. Charles Fillmore defined frames as structured knowledge that unites elements and associations related to specific cultural realities, situations, and events from human experience. The author believes that Internet comments may shape certain network variants of frames. The analysis of the network frame hostile encounter made it possible to identify the lexical units that make up its core, as well as to analyze the content of its obligatory and non-obligatory elements within the linguistics of information-psychological warfare.
Anna Gnedash, Veronika Katermina
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 172-178;

The present research featured the conflict discourse of online communication in social networks on the topic of abortion ban. The empirical base included 3,000,000 Twitter messages in English. The sampling by keywords women and abortion covered the period from May 1 to July 31, 2022, which saw an outburst of online and offline civic activities regarding some national anti-abortion policies. The resulting web corpus of network linguistic data (datasets) was subjected to multidimensional analysis using such methods as Data Science, mathematical modeling, relational sociology, corpus analysis, discourse analysis, etc. All these procedures combined resulted in a multidimensional comprehensive analysis of the simulated English asynchronous multimodal discursive field in Twitter. The models made it possible to visualize online communications in social networks, as well as to describe the discourse of online communication between pro-choice and pro-life. The authors analyzed the pragmatic potential of network communities on the current political agenda. The method might help to identify the conflict potential that can evolve from online communication into offline socio-political actions.
Natal'ya Ryabchenko, Ol'ga Malysheva
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 215-220;

This research tested a complex analytical method based on semantic modeling of discursive fields and network analysis that can be applied to networked linguistic data. The copyright software package Monitoring and Analysis of Social Networks, Internet Communities, and Users provided automatic data processing to restore the semantic core of the discursive fields generated by Typical Krasnodar and Typical Kemerovo online communities in 2021–2022. The analysis was visualized as social graphs and semantic core models. It identified a number of sensitive topics that generated a lot of feedback. The method also proved efficient in predicting cultural and socio-political trends. The complex methodology provided rapid identification of amplified discursive activity, conditions for social unrest, and bifurcation points for destructive social practices. The results may contribute to effective information management and social strain relief in the regions through discursive control of online communication.
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 185-190;

The article considers the ratio of centripetal and centrifugal tendencies in online commenting. The research objective was to describe the consistency of comments to news texts published in social networks. This article focuses on the results obtained on the centripetal trend. The approach and methodology were based on the scientific hypothesis about the self-developing nature of communication in social networks. According to this hypothesis, the degree of subjectivity of online news discussion can be transmitted to the dialogue through the text of its comments. The original news text becomes the basis for comments, which are independent texts focused on the original news. As a result, the original text turns into a complex branched network. Comments develop as chains or branches of discussion responses, which can be analyzed. This research featured an Internet text from the Vkontakte social network, its comments, and their mental map. The ratio of centripetal and centrifugal tendencies revealed a certain pattern: the consistency of the original text determined the consistency of comments. The patterns of their correlation showed how the self-developing nature of communication created new linguistic phenomena. The article is of interest to specialists in Internet communication and social networks.
Natal'ya Ryadovyh
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 203-207;

The research dealt with the category of tonality explicated in the texts of virtual communication. It featured the official community of students, graduates, academics, and employees of the Ural State Law University in the Vkontakte social network. The research objective was to identify the specifics of tonality in the communicative and pragmatic aspects of the virtual genre. The method of categorical-textual analysis revealed the types of tonality that made up the tonal field of virtual communication, as well as their linguistic explication means at the lexical, morphological, syntactic, and graphical levels. A specific transformation of tonal varieties proved to be a characteristic feature of the hybrid virtual genre: it combined a monologue text and a reflective commentary on it. The neutral and benevolent tonalities of the monologue tonal core were complemented by peripheral varieties of the commentary text with pleading and disapproving tonalities. In the commentary texts, the tonality of benevolence remained in the core, while the neutral tonality became peripheral. The communicative and pragmatic solution was evaluated as positive when the tonality in the tonal core of monologue texts and comments was benevolent, or when the neutral tonality of the monologue text turned benevolent in the commentary. These tactics yielded a positive perception of the information presented by the sender of the message.
Vladlena Komleva,
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 167-171;

The article raises the problem of fake news verification in mass media. Regional media are particularly notorious for poor fact-checking because their reporters often prefer promptness to quality. The analysis involved random news published on the local Kuzbass news platforms. The authors developed their own unified fact-checking algorithm that can facilitate the work of online media journalists. It works as a multicomponent verification method. The procedure includes checking proper names, information sources, quotations, details, and visual elements.
, Nikita Slavnikov
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 179-184;

Online travel blogs are a phenomenon of auteur journalism. This article describes the genre specifics of Russian-language travel blogs posted on Youtube video hosting and its development prospects. The new multimedia journalism is highly adaptable, mobile, feasible, and independent. Travel writers used to be limited to a narrow segment of TV channels and magazines; modern travel bloggers develop their own style and do not have to conform to that of the editorial board. The research featured such travel bloggers as Anton Ptushkin, Leonid Pashkovsky, and Anton Lyadov. Each blog proved to be unique it its topics, genres, and methods of presentation, which means that this sector of auteur journalism has a great potential.
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 208-214;

The features of the communicative behavior of young people in the network discursive space are considered. The purpose of the study is to assess the characteristic linguistic features of young people in social networks. The research material was the data of a questionnaire aimed at identifying the motives and goals of young people in network communication. About 150 people (students of different faculties and courses) were interviewed. An anonymous survey was conducted by 100 schoolchildren (the age of teenagers ranged from 12 to 17 years). On the youth platforms of the Runet, data from Internet discussions and comments from communication participants are collected. The results of the study showed that the reconstruction of the portrait of the linguistic personality of a young user of social networks is associated with the following factors. Firstly, a special digital linguistic personality is being formed in the Internet space. It acts as a synthesis of a real linguistic personality with its constructed image. It has its own language features. They are revealed in a new vocabulary, modified by the youth itself, slang. A modern student in the context of social networks has a synthesis of two spheres – educational and communicative. The vocabulary of a modern teenager is reduced to simple colloquial expressions, often profanity (obscene words), jargon. The speech of teenagers has become very everyday and real. Most words of modern slang have several features: these are mostly abbreviated and borrowed words. The dynamism of the modern world is reflected in the very frequent use of nouns with event meaning and verbs. Secondly, against this background, the text is increasingly accompanied by illustrations, stickers, emoticons and many others. The importance of social networks for the self-expression of young people is emphasized.
Ol'ga Kondrat'Eva, Svetlana Rogozhnikova
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 196-202;

Corporate websites play an important role in cultivating the image of a successful law firm. The authors analyzed the website of Zhorin and Partners Bar Association, Moscow, to verify this hypothesis. Various structural elements were responsible for highlighting particular features of the firm and its employees, e.g., professionalism, success, high profile, etc. The site proved to be interactive and demonstrated an admirable ratio of static and dynamic content. The analysis revealed five strategies of positive image cultivation: the firm was described as accredited, authoritative, successful, and prestigious, sometimes in an exaggerated way. Each strategy had its own language means. The website of Zhorin and Partners demonstrated an elaborate structure, a well-structured content, a high-quality linguistic design, and a variety of communication strategies. All the elements of the website contributed to a positive image of the law firm and its public promotion.
, Leonid Yanickiy
Virtual Communication and Social Networks, Volume 2022, pp 161-166;

Narrative and storytelling involve social net users in various socio-psychological groups. Modern narrative psychology focuses on life purpose formation. Narrative as an interpretive process concerns almost all spheres of everyday life and correlates with subjective and intersubjective experiences. Narrative studies are a source of knowledge on how a person endows the world, life, and goal-setting with meaning. Observing the interpretation of one’s experience can reveal how subjectivity works. Narrative makes it possible to construct the world, as well as to comprehend it in terms of past, present, and future. Psychology of meaning formation brings us closer to personality and inner subjectivity. Storytelling is popular both on the Internet and in various branches of scientific knowledge, marketing, linguistics, psychology, pedagogy, and journalism. Storytelling is used in existential psychology, logotherapy, and art therapy. Personal experience verbalized as a story reveals one’s personality, values, and beliefs. Storytelling makes one feel complete, helps to find a purpose in life, and facilitates psycho-corrective activities. Storytelling in online socio-psychological groups possesses all the features of a narrative. For instance, the Vkontakte social network allows its users to employ all the features of narration, thus involving the audience in communication and influencing their psyche. Based on content analysis and hermeneutic approach, the authors identified such involvement technologies as suggestion, persuasion, and emotional infection. Storytelling is not only a means of promoting psychological services in socio-psychological groups, but also a means of psycho-correction and psychological impact. It develops relevant meanings in the addressee, personal development, self-help, and stress relief.
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