Article published in:Young researchers in action
Edited by Angeliki Tzanne
[Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict 10:1] 2022
► pp. 64–84
Of pumpkin spice lattes and hamplanets
The venting genre as support and subversion on Reddit’s r/FatPeopleStories
The present study establishes what comprises the genre of venting as opposed to ranting and how venting functions within the Reddit community Fat People Stories. In this subreddit, users compose either real or fictional narratives describing encounters with people of size who are perceived to exhibit rude behavior. Given the sensitive nature of these discussions, they are often fraught with negative emotional expression, and individuals seek a variety of outlets to release these emotions and find commiseration and diversion. An analytical corpus of 45,867 words across ten posts and corresponding comment sections was gathered and analyzed using Askehave and Nielsen’s (2005) two-dimensional genre model and supplemented with discourse analysis of the individual texts. As the study explores how venting unfolds in a digitally mediated environment, insights gained can have implications for how humans sort through negative emotions in face-to-face communication, and, more specifically, for discourse surrounding public health and body weight.
Keywords: venting, ranting, Reddit, digital discourse analysis, digitally mediated communication, emotional support, obesity, health discourse
- 2.Complaining, ranting and venting online
- 3.Health and disease discourse
- 4.2Procedure of analysis and theoretical framework
- 5.Results and discussion
- 5.1Features of venting in the navigating and reading mode
- 5.2The functionality of venting and rhetorical strategies
- 5.3Communicative function of venting on Fat People Stories
- 6.Concluding remarks
- 6.1What constitutes the genre of venting? How is it similar to or different from ranting?
- 6.2What functions does venting serve within the Fat People Stories subreddit?
Published online: 02 July 2021
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