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The narrative rhythm of terror: a study of the Stockholm terrorist attack and the “Last Night in Sweden” event

The narrative rhythm of terror: a study of the Stockholm terrorist attack and the “Last Night in... PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine how the mediatisation of terror attacks affects the brand image of tourism cities.Design/methodology/approachInformed by theories of mediatisation and space, the study analyses two different types of terror attacks in Sweden during 2017 as media events. The focus of analysis is on identifying spatial and temporal patterns that underpin the narrative rhythm of the discussions of the events on Twitter and online news platforms.FindingsThe findings demonstrate that the unfolding of the events can be divided into three phases of varying intensity in rhythm and implications for city brand image. The manifestation of an imaginary terror attack in a digital environment had a greater impact on the narratives of the city than an actual one.Research limitations/implicationsRythmanalysis is introduced as a useful device to examine how urban space is mediatised through social media and online news flows.Originality/valueThe study contributes with novel knowledge on the mediatisation of city space on digital media platforms in a post-truth world. It shows that city administrations need to deal with both real and imaginary terror attacks, especially when there is an already established negative image of the city. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Tourism Cities Emerald Publishing

The narrative rhythm of terror: a study of the Stockholm terrorist attack and the “Last Night in Sweden” event

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2056-5607
DOI
10.1108/IJTC-04-2018-0030
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine how the mediatisation of terror attacks affects the brand image of tourism cities.Design/methodology/approachInformed by theories of mediatisation and space, the study analyses two different types of terror attacks in Sweden during 2017 as media events. The focus of analysis is on identifying spatial and temporal patterns that underpin the narrative rhythm of the discussions of the events on Twitter and online news platforms.FindingsThe findings demonstrate that the unfolding of the events can be divided into three phases of varying intensity in rhythm and implications for city brand image. The manifestation of an imaginary terror attack in a digital environment had a greater impact on the narratives of the city than an actual one.Research limitations/implicationsRythmanalysis is introduced as a useful device to examine how urban space is mediatised through social media and online news flows.Originality/valueThe study contributes with novel knowledge on the mediatisation of city space on digital media platforms in a post-truth world. It shows that city administrations need to deal with both real and imaginary terror attacks, especially when there is an already established negative image of the city.

Journal

International Journal of Tourism CitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 3, 2018

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