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

Yardley, Elizabeth and Lynes, Adam and Wilson, D. and Kelly, Emma (2018) What’s the deal with ‘websleuthing’? News media representations of amateur detectives in networked spaces. Crime, Media, Culture, 14 (1). 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: L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Liz Yardley
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2018 10:59
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 10:59
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5782

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