Posts for Axel Bruns

Prof. Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), Twitter and Society (2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012) and Uses of Blogs (2006). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere, drawing especially on innovative new methods for analysing 'big social data'. His research blog is at, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See for more details on his research into social media.
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2020 Queensland State Election: Week 2 Update

By Axel Bruns and Daniel Angus. We began our coverage of the 2020 Queensland state election campaign last week with an overview of the parties’ and candidates’ Twitter efforts, and while we will focus mainly on the Facebook campaign in this week’s overview, here is a quick update on the latest Twitter activity (covering the period from 9…

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2020 Queensland State Election: Week 1 Update

By Axel Bruns and Daniel Angus. The 2020 Queensland state election takes place in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, which poses new and unprecedented challenges for the campaigners. Even though the state has managed to suppress the transmission of the virus and has been able to relax the severe restrictions in place elsewhere in…

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ANALYSIS: News Sharing in Times of Corona

As the world grapples with the unfolding corona crisis, attention turns once again also to the information being shared through social media. Reports of mis- and disinformation spreading through the various social media platforms are common, though – as my QUT colleagues and I have pointed out – some social media platforms are also…

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DMRC Symposium on Democracy, Politics, and the Popular Adds New Perspectives

A symposium on Democracy, Politics, and the Popular, hosted by the DMRC on 31 August and 1 September 2017, brought together a range of scholars from Australia and beyond. At a time when politics is experiencing a period of substantial transformation and uncertainty – with digital and social media often blamed for their part in upsetting…