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Digital Citizens’ Feelings in National #Covid19 Campaigns in Spain

Version 1 : Received: 28 March 2021 / Approved: 30 March 2021 / Online: 30 March 2021 (12:17:49 CEST)

How to cite: Santoveña-Casal, S.; Gil-Quintana, J.; Ramos, L. Digital Citizens’ Feelings in National #Covid19 Campaigns in Spain. Preprints 2021, 2021030734 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0734.v1). Santoveña-Casal, S.; Gil-Quintana, J.; Ramos, L. Digital Citizens’ Feelings in National #Covid19 Campaigns in Spain. Preprints 2021, 2021030734 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0734.v1).

Abstract

(1) Background: Spain launched an official campaign, #EsteVirusLoParamosUnidos, to try and unite the efforts of the entire country through citizen cooperation to combat coronavirus. The research goal is to analyze the Twitter campaign’s repercussion on general citizen feeling. (2) Methods: The research is based on a composite design that triangulates from a theoretical model, a quantitative analysis and a qualitative analysis. (3) Results: Of the 7357 tweets in the sample, 72.32% were found to be retweets. Four content families were extracted: politics, education, messages to society and defense of occupational groups. The feelings expressed ranged along a continuum, from unity, admiration and support at one end to discontent and criticism regarding the health situation at the other. (4) Conclusions: The development of networked sociopolitical and technical measures that enable citizen participation facilitates the development of new patterns of interaction between governments and digital citizens, increasing citizens’ possibilities of influencing the public agenda and therefore strengthening citizen engagement vis-à-vis such situations.

Subject Areas

Digital citizenship; Twitter; e-participation

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