Political Turbulence

How Social Media Shape Collective Action

Author: Helen Margetts

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing, or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of collective action today, from neighborhood campaigns to global political movements. Political Turbulence reveals that, in fact, most attempts at collective action online do not succeed, but some give rise to huge mobilizations—even revolutions. Drawing on large-scale data generated from the Internet and real-world events, this book shows how mobilizations that succeed are unpredictable, unstable, and often unsustainable. To better understand this unruly new force in the political world, the authors use experiments that test how social media influence citizens deciding whether or not to participate. They show how different personality types react to social influences and identify which types of people are willing to participate at an early stage in a mobilization when there are few supporters or signals of viability. The authors argue that pluralism is the model of democracy that is emerging in the social media age—not the ordered, organized vision of early pluralists, but a chaotic, turbulent form of politics. This book demonstrates how data science and experimentation with social data can provide a methodological toolkit for understanding, shaping, and perhaps even predicting the outcomes of this democratic turbulence.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Author: Jean Burgess

Publisher: SAGE


Category: Social Science

Page: 662

View: 614

The world is in the midst of a social media paradigm. Once viewed as trivial and peripheral, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WeChat have become an important part of the information and communication infrastructure of society. They are bound up with business and politics as well as everyday life, work, and personal relationships. This international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in the study of social media. It contains substantial chapters written especially for this book by leading scholars from a range of disciplinary perspectives, covering everything from computational social science to sexual self-expression. Part 1: Histories And Pre-Histories Part 2: Approaches And Methods Part 3: Platforms, Technologies And Business Models Part 4: Cultures And Practices Part 5: Social And Economic Domains

The Revolution That Wasn't

How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives

Author: Jen Schradie



Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 815

In this counterintuitive study of digital democracy, Jen Schradie shows how the web has become another weapon in the arsenal of the powerful, and a potent weapon for conservative activists. Rather than leveling the playing field, the internet has tilted it in favor of the Right, where only the most sophisticated and well-funded players can compete.

Politicians on Social Media

Author: Pete Schauer

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC


Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 166

The rise of social media has changed politics forever. No longer must citizens go through the trouble of writing letters to their representatives to be heard. In turn, politicians have been given a direct line to their constituents. Is this accessibility an asset or a liability? How has the use of social media changed the campaign and election process? What happens when the president blocks you on Twitter? The thought-provoking viewpoints in this volume explore the finer points of a newly emerging controversy.

Social Movements, Indigenous Politics and Democratisation in Guatemala

1985 - 1996

Author: Roderick Leslie Brett

Publisher: BRILL


Category: Political Science

Page: 229

View: 768

Drawing on social movement theory, this book presents a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of collective action during Guatemalaa (TM)s democratic transition (1985-1996) and the accompanying impact of social movements on democratisation, focusing on three indigenous peoplesa (TM) social movement organisations.

Social Movements

Perspectives and Issues

Author: Steven M. Buechler

Publisher: Mayfield Publishing Company


Category: Social Science

Page: 578

View: 185

Drawing from a wide selection of classic and contemporary works, the editors have chosen readings that reflect the major approaches and central debates in the field of social movement.

Social Protest in a Rural Society

The Spatial Diffusion of the Captain Swing Disturbances of 1830-1831

Author: Andrew Charlesworth

Publisher: Geo Abstracts Ltd


Category: Agricultural laborers

Page: 78

View: 433