SOCIAL MEDIA, STEREOTYPES AND SUBCULTURES: 'A case study using Twitter to evaluate the potential impact of the programme Big Fat Gypsy Weddings on the perception of Gypsy and Travellers in Britain today.'
(2017) SOCIAL MEDIA, STEREOTYPES AND SUBCULTURES: 'A case study using Twitter to evaluate the potential impact of the programme Big Fat Gypsy Weddings on the perception of Gypsy and Travellers in Britain today.', no. 50.
Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings was first aired on the 18th February 2010. Despite it initially being produced as a one-off documentary for a Cutting Edge series, the show was so popular with UK audiences that it was later given its own spot on the channel with two successful series and a number of one-off specials and voted Most Groundbreaking Show in the Cultural Diversity Awards 2010. The programme claimed to offer insight into the notoriously secretive lives of Gypsies and Travellers across the UK. However, there has been some debate regarding the portrayal of Gypsies on the programme and the accuracy of the information that it produces with many Gypsies and Travellers complaining that they are misrepresented and shown in a negative light. This study aims to use the social media platform Twitter to gather opinions and statements by users as they viewed the programme in order to determine the impact that it has had on public perception of Gypsies and Travellers in Britain today. Particularly, it will focus on the stereotypes surrounding Gypsies and aim to determine if these are being reinstated in Big Fat Gypsy Weddings or if any new patterns of attitude can be found within its audiences. This dissertation will comprise of four parts. Firstly, there will be a literature review which will include analysis of scholarship in order to gain background knowledge related to the study. Next there will be a section which will outline the methodological approach this study will take and the research technique which will be used. This will be followed by a chapter which will present the analysis and findings of the investigation. The report will end with a chapter of discussion, here the findings will be considered and any potential conclusions will be detected. The limitations that arose during the research and any recommendations for future study will also be discussed in this section.