Rethinking Engagement with Online News through Social and Visual Co-Annotation

Wood, Gavin, Long, Kiel, Feltwell, Tom, Rowland, Scarlett, Brooker, Phillip, Mahoney, Jamie, Vines, John, Barnett, Julie and Lawson, Shaun (2018) Rethinking Engagement with Online News through Social and Visual Co-Annotation. In: CHI 2018 - 2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 21st - 26th April 2018, Montreal, Canada.

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Abstract

The emergence of fake news, as well as filter bubbles and echo chambers, has precipitated renewed attention upon the ways in which news is consumed, shared and reflected and commented upon. While online news comments sections offer space for pluralist and critical discussion, studies suggest that this rarely occurs. Motivated by common practices of annotating, defacing and scribbling on physical newspapers, we built a mobile app – Newsr – that supports co-annotation, in the form of graffiti, on online news articles, which we evaluated in-the-wild for one month. We report on how the app encouraged participants to reflect upon the act of choosing news stories, whilst promoting exploration, the critique of content, and the exposure of bias within the writing. Our findings highlight how the re-design of interactive online news experiences can facilitate more directed, “in-the-moment” critique of online news stories as well as encourage readers to expand the range of news content they read.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online news, social annotation, graffiti
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
L900 Others in Social studies
P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 10:27
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2018 12:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33399

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