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The many faces of diabetes: a critical multimodal analysis of diabetes pages on Facebook

Hunt, Daniel

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Health communication published on Facebook has become a popular source of medical information and large organisations now utilise Facebook to disseminate multimodal representations of health and illness. Drawing on a sample of posts to two popular diabetes-related Facebook pages, this paper aims to examine the multimodal representation of people with diabetes and consider the implications of this emergent context of health communication. These posts draw upon visual and linguistic features of social intimacy to synthesise personal relationships with their audiences and to foster user involvement with their authoring organisations. The promissory vision of living well with diabetes that predominates on these pages is thus also designed to serve the agendas of organisations who are dependent on user participation to generate revenue.

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Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2015
Journal Language & Communication
Electronic ISSN 1873-3395
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
APA6 Citation Hunt, D. (2015). The many faces of diabetes: a critical multimodal analysis of diabetes pages on Facebook. Language and Communication, 43, doi:10.1016/j.langcom.2015.05.003
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2015.05.003
Keywords Multimodal discourse analysis; Health communication; Facebook; Diabetes; Social media; Synthetic personalisation
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271530915000476
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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