Social media and democracy: critical reflections
تاريخ النشر: 22 حزيران/يونيو 2015
متاح في: ENنوع المصدر: تقارير وأوراق بحثية
The creation of new forms of digital social media during the first decade of the 21st century has transformed the ways in which many people communicate and share information. However, the effects that the emergence of social media platforms, such as Facebook, 人人网 (Renren), Twitter or YouTube as well as blogging environments and online discussion fora, have had on political processes remain controversial and not well understood. Indeed, much discourse in this field seems to be driven as much by political ideology itself, as it does by rigorous academic enquiry. There is a strong will to believe that these social media are indeed making political processes more democratic, and yet the evidence is not always there to support such assertions.