Gradients of Fear and Anger in the Social Media Response to Terrorism

dc.contributor.author Baucum, Matthew
dc.contributor.author John, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-03T00:02:31Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-03T00:02:31Z
dc.date.issued 2019-01-08
dc.description.abstract Research suggests that public fear and anger in wake of a terror attack can each uniquely contribute to policy attitudes and risk-avoidance behaviors. Given the importance of these negative-valanced emotions, there is value in studying how terror events can incite fear and anger at various times and locations relative to an attack. We analyze 36,259 Twitter posts authored in response to the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting and examined how fear- and anger-related language varied with time and distance from the attack. Fear-related words sharply decreased over time, though the trend was strongest at locations near the attack, while anger-related words slightly decreased over time and increased with distance from Orlando. Comparing these results to users’ pre-attack emotional language suggested that distant users remained both angry and fearful after the shooting, while users close to the attack remained angry but quickly reduced expressions of fear to pre-attack levels.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2019.276
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-2-6
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/59667
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Data Analytics, Data Mining and Machine Learning for Social Media
dc.subject Digital and Social Media
dc.subject emotion, social media, terrorism, text mining
dc.title Gradients of Fear and Anger in the Social Media Response to Terrorism
dc.type Conference Paper
dc.type.dcmi Text
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