European inventory of
societal values of culture

INVENT Team - Advocating for culture in turbulent times

Holla, S.M., Sirkka, O., Yodovich, N., Ben David, G., Janssen, S., Karels, A., Myrczik, E., Nikolić, R., Page Pereira, L., López-Sintas, J., Walo, S., Weingartner, S. & Zdravković, Ž. (2022) Advocating for culture in turbulent times: The second yearly report on the data scraping of online content. INVENT REPORT D5.2

The analysis portrays a general overview of cultural issues discussed through petitions in the INVENT partner countries (Croatian, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, UK). We identified seven themes pertaining to the most trending cultural issues discussed on Facebook through online petitions, both on supranational and national levels. (1) children and education, (2) social equality and human rights, (3) social inequality and rifts, (4) national/international rifts, (5) climate change/sustainability, (6) COVID-19 pandemic, and (7) popular culture. The differences between the countries are mainly embodied in the particular focus each country places within each theme. All countries are concerned with similar causes, but the ways citizens suggest tackling specific issues differ.
The report demonstrates that e-petitioning is a form of civil involvement that is prevalent in all investigated countries, albeit to different extents. While in many countries, governmental bodies are addressed on general e-petition platforms, where all sorts of topics, petitioners, and addressees can be found, other countries’ governments maintain their own e-petitioning platform. E-petitioning lowers the threshold of political participation and societal engagement for many people, especially compared to the traditional form of paper petitioning. We observed several affordances of e-petitions. Besides influencing policy and decision-making and changing a government’s course, e-petitions fulfil, amongst others, functions like the expression of dissatisfaction and frustration; forming or finding like-minded communities; or alerting others.

INVENT Team “Advocating for culture in turbulent times: : The second yearly report on the data scraping of online content”