The aim of this research is to analyze visual communicative practices that have taken place on Twitter during the earthquake in Emilia Romagna, Lombardia and Veneto on the 20th May 2012. Coding a dataset of 4256 images that spread the first day of earthquake, the work has reached these major findings: 1. Twitter had both and informative and relational function, 2. users on Twitter produced a narration of the trumatical event oriented to the present, contributing to the reestablishment of a symbolic field during a traumatic event such as an earthquake.
Keywords: Big data, visual studies, Twitter, earthquake.
Giovanni Boccia Artieri, Laura Gemini, Manolo Farci, Elisabetta Zurovac, Images for the present. The catastrophical event’s Twitter (visual) data in "SOCIOLOGIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE " 49/2015, pp. 55-82, DOI:10.3280/SC2015-049005