Creating Facebook is a project run by Philip Seargeant and Caroline Tagg of the Open University’s Applied Linguistics and Literacies (ALL) Research Group. Amy Aisha Brown is research associate.
The project investigates people’s awareness of how communication via Facebook works, and the social implications of their communication. This includes the way that information and opinions are circulated, and how people react to them.
A book on our research, Taking offence on social media: conviviality and communication on Facebook, is being published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2017.
The book looks at incidents where online communication has gone awry – where people have accidently given offence, or been offended by what other people have written or shared. We use this as a means of asking people about their awareness of how online communication works, and the possible pitfalls involved.
Based on the findings of this research we are now developing a project to create teaching resources (specifically open educational resources) which will help raise awareness around people’s use of the technology, especially in terms of its social implications, and the role it plays in the circulation of information. The premise is that an awareness of this allows people to make informed decisions about their use and consumption of it as a form of media.
While much of the recent discussion in the media about the influence of ‘filter bubbles’ and the circulation of ‘fake news’ has been about altering the technology and the design of the site, our argument is that education around how Facebook is used as a means of communication and outlet for media is of equal importance.
Critical digital literacy awareness is therefore needed around the following:
For more about our theoretical approach, context design, see here
Popular articles and blog posts
Seargeant, P. and Tagg, C. (2018) Blaming Facebook for our fractured society: how online communication is changing everything from friendship to politics, English and Media Centre emagazine 79, Feburary 2018
Tagg, C, Seargeant, P. and Brown, A. A. (in press) Taking offence on social media: conviviality and communication on Facebook. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Seargeant, P. and Tagg, C. (eds) (2014) The language of social media: identity and community on the internet. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 280 pages.
Chapters in books
Tagg, C. and Seargeant, P. (2017) Negotiating social roles in semi-public online contexts. In Sirpa Leppänen, P., Kytölä, S., Peuronen, S., Jousmäki, H. and Westinen, E. (eds) Discourse and identification: diversity and heterogeneity in social media practices. Abingdon: Routledge.
Tagg, C. and Seargeant, P. (2016) Facebook and the discursive construction of the social network, in Spilioti, T. and Georgakopoulou, A. (eds) The Routledge handbook of language and digital communication. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 339-353.
Seargeant, P. and Tagg, C. (2014) The language of social media, in Seargeant, P. and Tagg, C. (eds) The language of social media: identity and community on the internet. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-20.
Tagg, C. and Seargeant, P. (2014) Audience design and language choice in the construction and maintenance of translocal communities on social network sites, in Seargeant, P. and Tagg, C. (eds) The language of social media: identity and community on the internet. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 161-185.
Tagg, C. and Seargeant, P. (2012) Writing systems at play in Thai-English online interactions. Writing Systems Research. 4: 2, pp. 195-213.
Seargeant, P., Tagg, C. and Ngampramuan, W. (2012) Language choice and addressivity strategies in Thai-English social network interactions. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 16: 4, pp. 510–531.
Seargeant, P. and Tagg, C. (2011) English on the internet and a ‘post-varieties’ approach to language. World Englishes. 30: 4, pp. 496–514.
In the news
Facebook, filter bubbles and fake news, or how people create the experience of social media through their own actions (told through the medium of memes). An Academic Memesis by Philip Seargeant and Caroline Tagg.