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Online interaction forms (completed)

What are we doing in online discussion forums? Who are we talking to? And how are we talking?

About the project

The research project "Online forms of interaction - an in-depth hermeneutic analysis of political debate forums" identified and explained typical forms of online interaction from a psychoanalytic / psychosocial perspective.


With the main emphasis on comments in political discussion forums, the project tried to understand how we express ourselves and interact with each other online.

The project had a comparative perspective on the online debates in Norway, England and Germany, to investigate whether there are any differences in the culture of debate and interaction between the countries. The project explored the following research questions: 

  • How are typical online forms of interaction produced in the context of specific media platforms?
  • What makes these forms of interaction characteristic for us in our media- and social situation?
  • What society-specific processes and events are behind the debate culture in different countries?
  • How does the debate culture in turn influence opinions and attitudes in society?


The project was financed by FRIHUMSAM, The Research Council of Norway.



Published Oct. 12, 2020 2:12 PM - Last modified Nov. 26, 2020 3:33 PM