Cyberbullying, social media, and Nova Scotia's intimate images and Cyber-protection Act: a discourse analysis
LE3 .A278 2020
Dahringer, Heather A.
Master of Arts
The purpose of this study is to examine the extent of cyberbullying online, to tease out the larger environment in which cyberbullying occurs, and to add to the parameters of routine activity theory (RAT). Through the lens of RAT, I examine cyberbullying and the larger environment in which it occurs. Whisper, an online social media platform, is used to conduct the analysis. Forty-five posts, twenty-six threads, including one hundred fifty-two replies provide the data from which a discourse analysis is conducted. The results depict a hostile online environment in which cyberbullying behaviours emerge. The dominant discourse surrounding cyberbullying pertains to its dismissal, rejection and resistance as an important phenomenon. Those discussants who have established authority in the contentious Whisper environment frequently encourage self-harm, reject, diminish, and minimize the experience and views of others who do not fit within the framework of that environment, thus limiting discursive space on the forum.
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