In the context of the project, some BA and MA theses have already been written about the project topic. In addition, courses have been held on the topic. Such affine project work and events are documented on this page.
Weiße, Anne (2014): "Twitter and the TV debate 2013. An Analysis of the Reception Accompanying Communication on the Social Web" (MA Thesis; title translated)
On September 1st, 2013 the two chancellor candidates Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück met in a TV debate as part of the federal election campaign. Simultaneous to the broadcasting of the television format the audience intensively communicated through the microblogging service Twitter. The objective of the study was to find out about how the audience communicated about their perception of the program in the social web and especially about how they judged the personal and political characteristics of the two candidates. The results of the quantitative content analysis showed that the chancellor was judged more frequently as well as constantly more negative than her challenger who was mostly seen as the winner of the debate. In addition, the results highlighted that personal characteristics were not assigned a higher relevance than political ones. The character’s assessment depended on the related issue.