The most extreme positions against anti pandemic government measures are concentrated in the most democratic countries. Therefore, on the one hand, freedom of speech is guaranteed, being it the essence of modern democracy; on the other stands the awareness of the risks that this freedom implies for the entire community. We are facing what some scholars call "the dilemma" of democracies. Increasing the drastic consequences of this dilemma is undoubtedly the communicative power of social networks. In this work, starting from data collected on Twitter from 25-Sep-2021 to 22-Oct-2021 (that is the period when local elections in many important cities of Italy took place) concerning the green-pass debate in Italy, we construct a so-called Two-mode Semantic Network. A Two-mode Semantic Network is a bipartite graph that describes connections between two types of nodes, social actors (in our case twitter users) and semantic concepts. In particular, in the first step data-tweets size will be significantly reduced; in the second step, a content analysis will be run to pinpoint the concepts underneath them. To detect the existent links between users’ communities and the concepts that link them, we use a proper two-mode network community detection approach, i.e. an extension of the fast-greedy suited for the bipartite network called “DIRTLPAwb+”. The aim is to identify communities of users expressing different opinions and concepts within the ‘green pass’ debate, analyzing their evolution before and after the 2021 Italian administrative elections

The ‘words’ of No-Green-Pass communities on Twitter. A two-mode semantic network analysis

Rosario D'Agata;
2022

Abstract

The most extreme positions against anti pandemic government measures are concentrated in the most democratic countries. Therefore, on the one hand, freedom of speech is guaranteed, being it the essence of modern democracy; on the other stands the awareness of the risks that this freedom implies for the entire community. We are facing what some scholars call "the dilemma" of democracies. Increasing the drastic consequences of this dilemma is undoubtedly the communicative power of social networks. In this work, starting from data collected on Twitter from 25-Sep-2021 to 22-Oct-2021 (that is the period when local elections in many important cities of Italy took place) concerning the green-pass debate in Italy, we construct a so-called Two-mode Semantic Network. A Two-mode Semantic Network is a bipartite graph that describes connections between two types of nodes, social actors (in our case twitter users) and semantic concepts. In particular, in the first step data-tweets size will be significantly reduced; in the second step, a content analysis will be run to pinpoint the concepts underneath them. To detect the existent links between users’ communities and the concepts that link them, we use a proper two-mode network community detection approach, i.e. an extension of the fast-greedy suited for the bipartite network called “DIRTLPAwb+”. The aim is to identify communities of users expressing different opinions and concepts within the ‘green pass’ debate, analyzing their evolution before and after the 2021 Italian administrative elections
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two-mode semantic networks, , two-mode community detection, Twitter, Green Pass
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