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Communicating Difficult Health Messages


Project Description

Social media has changed marketing from the simple dissemination of information by organisations to the creation, sharing and exchange of ideas between various stakeholders. This can, as a result lead to certain stakeholder groups taking an unintended perspective of the original message; for example Cancer Research UK’s campaign linking obesity to cancer was perceived as fat shaming and received substantial negative publicity. This research aims to identify themes and discourse of debate around health messages on social media, determine how organisations can engage effectively and encourage healthy, civilised discourse.

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