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Are you 'human garbage' in God's eyes?: investigating metaphor and antagonism in YouTube discourse

Stephen Pihlaja (The Open University and Middlesex University) explores the nature of interaction between Christians and atheists on YouTube

My research looks at interactions between Christians and atheists on the popular video-sharing site YouTube, especially the role of metaphor in describing and categorising users on the site. Using elements of discourse-centred online ethnography and a discourse-dynamics approach to metaphor, I will discuss how the term 'human garbage' emerged in one interaction between an atheist and a Christian and how different users justified, interpreted, and re-interpreted the term depending on their worldview and affiliation with other users.


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Date and Time:

7 March 2011 at 5:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



English, Middlesex University
The Burroughs
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