Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Communicating on YouTube: bystanders'recording of female-on-female violence
by Smith, Andrea Marie, M.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2014, 64; 1583095
Abstract (Summary)

This study analyzed the current phenomenon of bystanders recording female-on-female violent videos. This year marked the first time a YouTube video made national headlines for showing a woman beaten unconscious outside of a nightclub. The current study analyzed the volume of bystanders recording female-on-female violence, the amount of bystanders who revealed themselves as the video director, and the increase in violence and nudity within the YouTube videos. A content analysis provided a systematic and historical understanding of this female-on-female violence as a cultural phenomenon. In the seven-year period from 2007-2014, 64 percent of bystanders revealed themselves as the video director; a 55 percent increase in females punching each other; and a 40 percent increase in nudity. The data provides a platform for researchers to learn how female-on-female violence went from "cat fights" to beating a woman unconscious while recording it on a smart phone.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kurtin, Kate S.
Commitee: Bellman, Beryl, DeChaine, Daniel R., Olsen, David
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology, Web Studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Bystander effect, Female, Nudity, Violence, Youtube
Publication Number: 1583095
ISBN: 978-1-321-53489-4
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