Please Like and Share! A Frame Analysis of Opinion Articles in Online News
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Original versionJohannessen, M. R. (2015, August). Please like and share! A frame analysis of opinion articles in online news. In International Conference on Electronic Participation (pp. 15-26). Springer, Cham. 10.1007/978-3-319-22500-5_2
In this paper, I apply framing theory to the online newspaper opinion articles that were most shared and most liked in social media in 2014. The articles were published in two of Norway’s largest and most influential online newspapers; Dagbladet.no and Aftenposten.no. Frame analysis makes visible how people define and construct a given issue, and as such can provide valuable input on how to write when you want a topic put on the political agenda. The findings show that the most popular opinion articles have one common theme: They are written in a personal tone, and aimed at our private sphere. The paper concludes by discussing what this means for agenda setting and for the public sphere.