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International Journal of Communication
This study examines the #MeToo movement in South Korea to understand the role of online platforms in the development of a backlash discourse. We apply computational methods to analyze how the #MeToo movement was discussed by citizens on Twitter and in online news comments, in contrast to the traditional news media. Our findings show that the public discourse in user-driven online platforms enabled the proliferation of a disparaging narrative that challenged the movement, while the patterns of the backlash differed across platforms. Using word-embedding techniques and network analyses, we illustrate the shift in frames around #MeToo movement and highlight how platform affordances meaningfully shaped the way the backlash unfolded.
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Bae, Soo Young; Kim, Taegyun; Ha, Yu-I; and Cha, Meeyoung, "The Medium and the Backlash: The Disparagement of the #MeToo Movement in Online Public Discourse in South Korea" (2021). International Journal of Communication. 121.
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