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The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community online: discussions of bullying and self-disclosure in YouTube videos

Green, Michael, Bobrowicz, Ania, Ang, Chee Siang (2015) The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community online: discussions of bullying and self-disclosure in YouTube videos. Behaviour & Information Technology, . pp. 1-9. ISSN 0144-929X. (doi:10.1080/0144929X.2015.1012649)

Abstract

Computer-mediated communication has become a popular platform for identity construction and experimentation as well as social interaction for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The creation of user-generated videos has allowed content creators to share experiences on LGBT topics. With bullying becoming more common amongst LGBT youth, it is important to obtain a greater understanding of this phenomenon. In our study, we report on the analysis of 151 YouTube videos which were identified as having LGBT- and bullying-related content. The analysis reveals how content creators openly disclose personal information about themselves and their experiences in a non-anonymous rhetoric with an unknown public. These disclosures could indicate a desire to seek friendship, support and provide empathy.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/0144929X.2015.1012649
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Digital Media
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2015 10:35 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47408 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ang, Chee Siang: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1109-9689
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