This presentation is part of the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 program.
Based on the assumption that the underlying goal of communication is problem solving, my research focuses on how individuals express their nationalistic sentiments online when focusing events are reported in the news media. Focusing events are either initiated by a transnational organization operating in a foreign country or a government proposing a change in policy towards a foreign country, causing anger in the citizens of the foreign country concerned. By understanding how individuals are motivated to be engaged in communicative actions, my research seeks to examine the dynamics how become collectively engaged in online interactions until the problems are resolved.
A PDF file will be made available on August 5, 2013, through the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 conference proceedings.