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

Yardley, E. and Lynes, Adam and Wilson, D. 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
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L600 Anthropology
L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions: UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Adam Lynes
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 08:52
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2018 03:00
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5750

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