Discourse of Enticement : How Facebook Solicits Users

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Lillqvist , E & Harju , A A 2018 , ' Discourse of Enticement : How Facebook Solicits Users ' , Critical approaches to discourse analysis across disciplines , vol. 10 , no. 1 , pp. 63-80 .

Title: Discourse of Enticement : How Facebook Solicits Users
Author: Lillqvist, Ella; Harju, Anu Annika
Contributor organization: Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Date: 2018-06-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Critical approaches to discourse analysis across disciplines
ISSN: 1752-3079
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/236525
Abstract: With much contemporary discussion on social media and the ethics and transparency of the way they operate, this article examines the discursive processes of user engagement as Baudrillardian solicitation. The concept of solicitation allows us to conceptualize social media use as a transactional process whereby the user is enticed by a promise of a 'Gift' and thus lured into using a service or a product. Simultaneously, the very act of participation implicates the user, albeit unwittingly, in the sanctioning and legitimizing of the operational logic behind social media. Adopting a CDS perspective, we explore the ways in which Facebook entices users through discursive processes of solicitation. We analyse, making use of corpus linguistic tools, both Facebook corporate communication and user reactions. Our findings show that the user is enticed by foregrounding the value of participation for the user and promising four types of Gift: protection, freedom of expression, personal connection, and a general altruism on the part of the corporation. Thus, this study sheds light on how users are enticed discursively by the social media company and the ways in which they either accept the discourse or resist it.
Subject: 518 Media and communications
Critical Discourse Analysis
Social Media
User engagement
Corpus Linguistics
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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