Keepin’ it real: Styling authenticity on Twitter disinformation accounts – Aurora Goodwin

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Abstracts page

Bios page

Questions for the future

  1. My next area of analysis will be profile pictures. I would appreciate getting feedback from anyone regarding useful models or approaches to analysing images, particularly in relation to identity performance.
  2. I was supposed to attend a corpus summer school this year, but due to COVID-19 it is no longer going ahead. I was hoping to find out if/how corpus methods might be useful for my future research questions. If anyone has any useful corpus resources/experience to share, it would be really appreciated.


  • Lauren O'Hagan

    Really enjoyed reading your poster, Aurora. It was particularly surprising to read that one of the most popular forms of identity on these disinformation accounts was pseudonyms relating to location – I wasn’t expecting that!

    As for your question about analysing profile pictures, I would always recommend Kress and van Leeuwen’s seminal text – Reading Images. David Machin’s multimodal critical discourse analysis work is also excellent. He has a lot of texts, but I really recommend his recent work with Per Ledin (Doing Visual Analysis; Introduction to Multimodal Analysis). My research is on identity performances in multimodal book inscriptions. Although my work is based on historical rather than contemporary texts, you may find some things of interest/relevant to your own work. Feel free to email me at and I can send you some articles.

  • Kate Kavanagh

    Hi Aurora, thanks for the poster and all your work setting up the conference! I’m afraid I don’t have a lot to add, but if you are looking for ways to incorporate Corpus Linguistic methods in your study of metadata in disinformation accounts then I would think the ‘bio’ is the place to do it. Maybe look for Keywords against a reference corpus of non-disinformation account bios? As well as Keywords themselves, it would be interesting to see if #hashtags or additional @handles occur differently in disinformation accounts compared to non-disinformation accounts.

  • David Griffin

    Hi Aurora! You might be aware of this already, but as you’re starting to look into corpus methods, there’s a great free online corpus course put out by Lancaster Uni. They haven’t anounced the next time it’ll be run yet but I did it a few years ago and found it very helpful (I think you might be able to access older recordings somewhere, too?). You can check it out here:

  • Emily Powell

    Hi Aurora,

    I found this book useful:

    Taylor, C. and Marchi, A. Corpus approaches to discourse : A critical review. Routledge.

    Happy to talk through corpus analysis if you have any questions about tools/techniques.

  • Gerard O'Grady

    Hi Aurora, have a look at Chris Taylor’s chapter “Reading Images” in the Routledge handbook of SFL and the attached bibliography. The work John Bateman and his colleagues is doing at Bremen should also be of relevance.

  • Amanda Potts

    Thanks for this really interesting work! As far as references/works, I would recommend Mark McGlashan, Isobelle Clarke, and William Dance for corpus approaches to stance in image analysis and fake news.

  • Keighley Perkins

    Hi Aurora,

    Your research sounds really interesting and sounds like it will be incredibly useful! I would second Lauren’s recommendation of Kress and van Leeuwen’s text. I would also recommend David Machin’s Introduction to Multimodal Analysis. It’s the one I’m drawing on a lot at the moment.

    You may be interested in Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. It’s a sociology book and quite dated now but it provides some really good understandings about identity construction.

  • Aurora Goodwin

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you very much for your feedback, that’s very helpful! I will add your recommendations to my reading list. It’s very kind of you to offer up your email address, I will probably drop you a message once I start making my way through/getting to grips with some of the literature. I look forward to some future discussions :) Thanks again!

  • Aurora Goodwin

    Hi Kate,

    That’s a very good idea! I like the suggestion of doing a comparison to more ‘ordinary’ accounts, especially as the naming strategies appear to operate differently, too. I will definitely bear this in mind when planning future sections. Thank you for sharing :)!

  • Aurora Goodwin

    Hi David,

    Thank you very much for sharing, that is very useful! I will sign up now for updates about when the next course is and see if I can find any old recordings :) thanks again!

  • Aurora Goodwin

    Hi Emily,

    Thank you very much for that, I will definitely check it out :) You might be hearing from me in future when I’ve hopefully gained enough of an understanding to have specific questions haha!

  • Aurora Goodwin

    Hi Gerard,

    Thank you very much, that’s really helpful. I will add them to my reading list :)!

  • Aurora Goodwin

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you for those recommendations, they sound extremely useful :)! I will check them out.

  • Aurora Goodwin

    Hi Keighley,

    Thank you for your feedback, that’s very helpful! As soon as I saw your poster I thought you would probably be able to give me some good advice haha! I will definitely check out the sources you recommend. Good luck with your study too :)

  • Debbie Cabral

    Hi, Aurora!
    Thank you for the poster! This looks really interesting. I don’t have much to add, but something crossed my mind as I was reading it. Would the “reliability” of the geographical location be related to institutional profiles? Is that something worth analysing?
    I mean, if you follow governmet profiles, they’ll have locations in them, won’t they?
    Anyways, this is a great research topic! Congrats!

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