What’s the deal with ‘websleuthing’? News media representations of amateur detectives in networked spaces

Yardley, Elizabeth and Lynes, Adam and Wilson, David and Kelly, Emma (2016) What’s the deal with ‘websleuthing’? News media representations of amateur detectives in networked spaces. Crime, Media, Culture, 14. pp. 81-109. ISSN 1741-6590

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Abstract

This article explores websleuthing, a phenomenon widely discussed and debated in popular culture but little-researched by criminologists. Drawing upon a review of existing literature and analysis of news media representations, we argue that websleuthing is much more diverse than previously thought. Encompassing a wide range of motives, manifestations, activities, networked spaces and cases, websleuthing has a variety of impacts upon victims, secondary victims, suspects,
criminal justice organisations and websleuths themselves. We conclude that websleuthing is the embodiment of true crime infotainment in a ‘wound culture’ (Seltzer, 2007, 2008) and as such, is deserving of more criminological scrutiny than has been the case to date.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1741659016674045
Date: 1 November 2016
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L600 Anthropology
L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Adam Lynes
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 08:52
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2020 15:04
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5750

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